The Vampire Diaries Round Table: Here Come The Heretics

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Talk about your plot twists!

 The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 18 unleashed a doozy on us with Jo's revelation that Lily's companions are a group of banished Gemini witches who were able to become vampires. 

New mythology, new story, super high interest! That's the consensus on this edition of The Vampire Diaries Round Table.

Join Paul Dailly, Amanda Steinmetz, Miranda Wicker, and Crissy Calhoun (author of Love You To Death) as we discuss the Heretics, Stefan's humanity and more!

What was your favorite quote or scene from "I Never Could Love Like That?"

Paul: Favorite scene has got to be Caroline singing and Stefan posing as the manager. These two are the perfect double act.

Crissy: Loved all the snark thrown Tyler's way by Evil Caroline. Too funny. 

Amanda: Loved everything between Stefan and Caroline. I also liked the scene where Caroline made Matt and Tyler answer trivia questions about her. 

Miranda: I really loved Damon getting inside Lily's mind and knowing exactly what to have her say to bring Stefan back. My favorite pair on this show has always been the brothers and scenes like that are reasons why.

What left you feeling bummed out and disappointed?

Paul: Enzo, Enzo and more Enzo. The show has ruined his character after a lot of promise last season. I don't care for him and that won't be changing anytime soon.

Crissy: I'm not crazy about the Damon-gets-to-decide-Elena's-future plotline. Don't get why Bon-Bon didn't give her best friend the cure in the first place.

Amanda: I didn't care for the Enzo storyline. I'm also not crazy about how we can clearly see how Elena will be written off the show. I want there to be a big twist instead of Elena simply becoming a human again. 

Miranda: I hated how positively telegraphed it is that Elena wants to be human. It was such a giant anvil throughout the episode. I'd much rather her be happy being a vampire and then randomly be given the cure, turn human, and then have Damon or Stefan compel her away so she can live a normal life.

Would you judge Damon for snapping his mother's neck, yes or no?

Paul: No. She has a hidden agenda and is only with her sons so that she can get these witchy vampires to Mystic Falls and to cause trouble for everyone. Damon, get snapping!

Crissy: In vampire circles, a neck snap is, like, NBD. So, no judgment here! 

Amanda: Not at all. The woman doesn't love her sons at all, and she's only there for whatever evil agenda she has. I say go for it!  

Miranda: Nope. It would've been such a Damon-style release. Get angry, snap a neck, ultimately no harm done, but man did it feel good.

Is Elena Gilbert leaving Whitmore College as a human?

Paul: She may become a human, but she'll also die in her final scenes. Then, Katherine will swoop in and Nina Dobrev will be signed as a regular for season 7, with Elena Gilbert GONE.

Crissy: I would be 100 percent on board for a happy season-finale ending for Elena Gilbert — human, compelled to stay away from vampires but still holding on to her memories, being a do-gooder doctor and having a brood of little Elenas with Hunky Whoever. 

Amanda: Like I said, the writers are heavily implying she will. I just don't buy that she would be able to leave everyone behind without wiping her memories. 

Miranda: There's virtually no way she doesn't leave Whitmore as a human. UNLESS she accidentally gets staked or somehow killed by the heretics, but I don't think they'll kill the character. It would certainly make for an interesting The Vampire Diaries Season 7 to watch Damon spiraling out after that kind of loss.

Jo filled us in on the Heretics. What's your reaction?

Paul: I like that she is being brought into the central storylines. I liked the twist and look forward to see what drama it causes. Momma Salvatore must have many more tricks up her sleeve.

Crissy: Love new monsters. Loved those coffin lids flying open. I'm in. 

Amanda: I liked the last image of them all rising out of their coffins. I'm interested to see what happens next.

Miranda: The Gemini coven story, any and everything having to do with them, has had me interested from the word go in a way the Bennett witch stories haven't since probably The Vampire Diaries Season 2. To say I'm excited by the Heretics is an understatement.

Are you game for an Enzo-Sarah hook-up?

Paul: NO! The show would be in a worse state than it's ever been in if that happens.

Crissy: I didn't get those vibes from them.  

Amanda: Does anyone care? Both characters are doing nothing to contribute to the show, so no. 

Miranda: I definitely got the sense that she's attracted to the darker side of things. I could be down with a Sarah-Enzo hook-up. Definitely. It might give him something to DO. Or at least someone.

Will Stefan be able to get Caroline's humanity back and/or do you want him to succeed?

Paul: I think it's a little too lovey dovey if he does it, so I'm going with no.

Crissy: I'll always vote for a friendship trio moment over another romantic one, so my fingers are crossed for Elena and Bonnie rallying to bring Caroline back to herself. But it'll probably be Stefan! It's always Stefan. 

Amanda: I'm sure he will, but it won't be as easy as he thinks. When she does turn back on her humanity, she'll probably be ashamed of everything she did and not want to be with Stefan. I like watching this side of Caroline, but the fun will have to come to an end.

Miranda: Care's actually handling being a humanity-free vampire just fine thanks to her super control freak nature, so I'm kind of hoping he isn't able to get her humanity back and she gets to keep on being snarky and awesome.

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 19, "Because," airs Thursday, April 23rd, on the CW. Don't forget you can always watch The Vampire Diaries online at TV Fanatic.

Miranda Wicker was a Staff Writer for TV Fanatic. She retired in 2017. Follow her on Twitter.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 18 Quotes

Damon: Eh, a hundred and fifty years is a long time to care.
Elena: Says the guy who pined for Katherine Pierce for a century and a half.

Lily: I took your advice and I've been dabbling on Stefan's computer. What a wondrous invention -- all that knowledge.
Damon: And videos of cats riding robot vacuum cleaners.