The big merge that had been teased for weeks finally came into play on The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 12.
Was it everything you expected? Everything you hoped for?
Join the debate below with TV Fanatic staffers Paul Dailly, Miranda Wicker, Leigh Raines, and Love You To Death author Crissy Calhoun as we break down this huge moment in the Parker family saga, along with many other new developments...
What was your favorite scene or quote from the episode?
Paul: Favorite scene has got to be momma Forbes flat-lining. No show does death like The Vampire Diaries, so I honestly thought she was a goner, at least until they decide to bring back the other side LOL. When Caroline appeared, I was wondering if she would switch off her humanity in the wake of the death of her mom, but then she woke up and I breathed a massive sigh of relief.
Miranda: I'd really like to see Sheriff Forbes not die because it feels like this entire story is one big prop for Caroline and Stefan. Bah. Favorite everything for me from the goes to Damon. He was on fire with the zingers, told Caroline how it was, and still managed to get the girl. I always love Damon, but I especially loved him last night.
Crissy: I am a total sucker for the Caroline-Liz relationship, and loved the little "I'm dying" dreamworld sequence, with Caroline turning around to show her monster face. Tears, scares, 100% TVD goodness.
Leigh: Favorite quote would probably go to Liz (this week was really Liz's episode) "Just get on with it Kai, listening to you talk makes me want to die." EVERYONE knows Kai is insane!!!
Were you surprised at how the merge unraveled?
Paul: Yes. I honestly expected to lose Jo this week and I wasn't mentally prepared. I think the writers were leaning towards killing her off, then thought of using Luke at the last minute. It wasn't really logical how it all worked. I don't even believe it would have worked, but I'm happy we still have Jo and Kai.
Miranda: Definitely. I really thought Jo would find a way to defeat Kai, but Luke stepping up to do the merge was pretty great. Let's face it, the guy had never been given a real storyline, so at least his death made him a semi-memorable character. We know Kai has absorbed some of Luke's characteristics, so it'll be interesting to see what those are. Will he develop and affinity for Liv? Will he suddenly be attracted to guys? Most importantly, will this siphon be permanent, or will Kai begin to lose Luke's magic, too?
Crissy: A Luke-ish Kai is an interesting prospect! I'm sad to see Luke go, and didn't see it coming. Even though he didn't have much to do, I loved the Twin Power of Luke and Liv, and much prefer Liv-Luke scenes over Liv-Tyler scenes. Ah well. RIP.
Leigh: I figured out during this episode that Luke would somehow sacrifice himself for Liv. At first I thought he would let Kai take his magic so if he and Liv merged she would win. Them merging makes more sense than him and Kai, but I suppose the combo of him and Kai is more interesting!
How Did Liz come back to life?
Paul: Kai has done something to her. I don't believe for one minute he would help them in any way. It was really stupid that they woke him up in the first place.
Miranda: Not a clue aside from it just wasn't her time yet. I, too, think Kai has something to do with it, even if he doesn't realize it yet. The ultimate comeuppance would be if he somehow also absorbed her cancer so now Liz is healed and Kai is slowly dying of brain tumors.
Crissy: I don't think it's going to be a big mystery — she was nearly gone, but her ticker kicked in again. It happens!
Leigh: Kai is a likely suspect. Right now I think the writers just wanted her to so they wrote it!
How is the group planning on getting Bonnie back?
Paul: No idea, but i'm guessing it involves Kai. With him merging, he is now more powerful than ever, but I don't know if he'll be able to go to 1994 and back without some sort of cost. I hope the writers don't try to turn him into one of the good guys. He is wayyy better as a villain.
Miranda: He is way better as a villain, but there's always something great about a character with shades of good and bad. If a character is always bad and always winning, audiences start to hate him/her. But when a character has some serious shades of gray? That's when things get good and TVD has always been great about that. As to the actual question, I don't think it has anything to do with Kai. I think Jeremy's going to try to use his ghost-sight to find her.
Crissy: No clue, but I really hope she's back soon. I miss her.
Leigh: I assume they need another mystical or celestial event to occur. I'm glad that Jeremy is doing something though. It seemed like everyone had forgotten about her over there for a little while!
On a scale of 1-10, how much do you care about the Delena reunion?
Paul: Last week I'd have said 1, but after the way the two of them came back together it made me care a bit more, so I'd go with 5. They had better not rip this couple apart again. There's only so many times they can do it to us before we stop caring completely.
Miranda: Agreed, Paul. It's time to let them be together and happy and bickering about dumb things like what movie to watch or who's leaving socks outside the laundry basket instead of in it. I'm Team Delena all the way, but even I have to admit her sudden decision that life is too short right after Liz almost died was pretty dumb and completely inorganic. So I'm giving it a 7.
Crissy: I'm a 10, only because it ends the tiresome dance they've been doing for the past handful of episodes. And that smooch with the light behind them was pretty.
Leigh: A 5 because yay we can finally put that storyline to bed, but I also don't care. I think it would've been really cool for Elena to get her memories back. Like the time she ran over the Mystic Falls border and was dying but the memories were flooding in, that was a unique scene. They could've done better, but whatever it's over.
Where was Alaric this week?
Paul: He was out of town getting a mystical object. I don't know whether that was to help Jo, Liz or Bonnie. Hopefully Bonnie.
Miranda: Yep. Out of town getting a mystical object. Probably having bourbon in every bar on the way back
Crissy: Where was Jeremy? Where was Matt? Sometimes there are just too many characters, and not enough to do with them all!
Leigh: Miranda, I like the idea of a bourbon tasting tour of the South. Someone should hire Matt Davis to conduct it. I'd totally sign up. But I actually heard a rumor that he was at the Harvard Law Class of 2004 reunion.
That's a wrap! Before you go, however, take a look ahead at scenes from The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 13. Ready to celebrate Bonnie's birthday?