The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "The Return"

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Like Katherine, we've returned.

But not with a mysterious, revenge-fueled plot in our minds... but with a new edition of The Vampire Diaries Round Table! Below, staff members analyze the exciting second season premiere and ask for reader feedback on the following topics. Ready? Let's do this...

What was your favorite quote from the episode?
M.L. House: Elena's summation of the new Damon: "He doesn't want to feel, he wants to be hated. It's just easier that way." This attitude doesn't bode well for those in Damon's path.

LJ Gibbs: Katherine's taunting of Damon: "Kiss me or kill me. We both know you're only capable of one." This led to the hottest scene in show history.

The Barnacle: Gotta go with Stefan's pep talk, truly William Wallace-esque: "She'll try to break us, and how we respond to that will define us."

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Did the return of Katherine live up to the hype?
M.L. House: Actually, no. But only because the expectations were so high in my head. Unless she came into town, seduced both brothers and killed half the residents, I was bound to be somewhat disappointed.

LJ Gibbs: Yes, because she proved to be as intelligent as she is violent. Notice how she used all the pieces of information people gave her when they thought she was Elena (i.e. Bonnie talking about Damon's blood in Caroline) in order to make her moves.

The Barnacle: Did it ever! That show of her in the black bra was enough for me.

Do you feel bad for Damon?
M.L. House: Is the sky blue?!? Is LeBron James a pathetic excuse for a NBA superstar?!? Is Ian Somerhalder the Sexiest Beast in Hollywood?!? Yes.

LJ Gibbs: Kind of, but let's not forget that this guy has murdered many people. We've all been heart-broken before, but how many of us have responded by snapping the neck of an innocent teenager? (Please, readers, no one raise your hand!)

The Barnacle: I do, but I feel good about Ian Somerhalder's Emmy chances. Seriously, he's incredible!

Are you excited to see Caroline as a vampire?
M.L. House: Not really. We've already seen this when Vicki was turned. Killing off Caroline entirely would have been more startling.

LJ Gibbs: Sure, why not?

The Barnacle: Yes, because it's so hard to imagine. Caroline isn't exactly the most cunning or serious character. Will her typically bubbly personality be transformed along with her species?

Hotter Uncle: Mason or John?
M.L. House: Trick question! John is actually Elena's father, not an uncle. You can't fool me, Round Table questioner guy!

LJ Gibbs: Mason. I can only imagine how he looks when he howls!

The Barnacle: I'm gonna wait until John Stamos premieres on Glee and then answer with option C: Uncle Jess.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 1 Quotes

He kissed Katherine, not me. I wouldn't do that.

Elena [to Stefan]

Katherine wants you dead, there's zero you can do about it. You will be dead.