The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Isobel"

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Is Isobel a villain or, in her own way, a hero?

Does Damon really love Elena?

Who will die on next week's season finale?

We tackle all this "Isobel" related questions and more in this week's edition of The Vampire Diaries Round Table. We encourage readers to sound off on the topics below...

On a scale of 1-10, how evil is Isobel?
M.L. House: 7.5. I believe that she has Elena's best interests in mind, but she's uninformed. How can an absentee mother know what's best for her daughter? Just stay out of it, Isobel. You lost the right to have a say in Elena's life as soon as you gave her up for adoption.

LJ Gibbs: 9. I can only speak as a human being - and in order to remain a vampire, Isobel has been feeding on my kind. We even saw this week what she did to those two poor slaves (teaching them French, the horror!). Isobel may have regard for her daughter, but she has no regard for human life.

The Barnacle: 5. We've only seen things from the perspective of Elena and the Salvatores. But for an outsider, especially one with ties to Elena (such as, you know, squeezing her through her birth canal), I can't fault Isobel too much for doing what she thinks is right.

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Is Damon actually in love with Elena?
M.L. House: Of course. Did he ever deny it?

LJ Gibbs: Yes. Damon knows it, Stefan knows it, but it seems like Elena realized it for the first time last night. Based on their recent interactions, she may have to think long and hard about whether or not she reciprocates these feelings.

The Barnacle: No. It's still all about Katherine for him. That's all he sees when he looks at Elena. Heck, I'd "love" my own aunt if she resembled Megan Fox.

How much does Bonnie suck?
M.L. House: Not as much as you might think. As I said in my first answer, she is only looking out for the best interests of Elena and the other residents of Mystic Falls. Just think about it: Can you really say the town woudldn't be safer without vampires around?

LJ Gibbs: A LOT. No one is saying she had to reverse the spell. Just explain your reasons why you won't do it and leave it at that. Don't lie to your BFF and set up a scenario where you might help kill her boyfriend. Not cool, B.

The Barnacle: She doesn't suck at all. In fact, that's her motive for wanting to do away with vampires: so no one in Mystic Falls can suck anymore.

Who will die on the season finale?
M.L. House: John. But Elena won't learn he's her father until after his death, causing her to get angry at Stefan and run into the arms of Damon.

LJ Gibbs: Bonnie. She'll come to regret the lie detailed above and sacrifice herself in order to save Stefan's life.

The Barnacle: Matt. It has to be someone close to Elena, for full emotional shock, and no way can it be Stefan or Damon. Matt is nice, but definitely expendable.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 1 Episode 21 Quotes

Damon: You successfully cured him of anything interesting about his personality.
Elena: Remember who helped me.
Damon: I hate myself.

Alaric: How could I not search for you?
Isobel: Because I wasn't lost, Ric.