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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Klaus"

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Needless to say, with the story of Klaus revealed, and tensions boiling over between Salvatores, we've got a lot to cover in our Vampire Diaries Round Table.

Below, TV Fanatic managing editor Steve Marsi is joined by staff writers Carissa Pavlica and Nick McHatton for an in-depth Q&A discussion of "Klaus" ...

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What was your favorite quote/scene from the episode?

Steve: In typical TVD fashion, my favorite scene was the very last. Klaus emerging like a vampire Houdini from that trunk was totally bad ass and served as a great sendoff into next week from a show that often saves its best until 8:58.

Nick: Sorry, I'm going to cheat on this one. Finding out the sun and the moon curse is fake and Klaus is a vampire/werewolf hybrid. I expect bombshells on a regular basis from Vampire Diaries but those were a doozy. Nevertheless, I loved it and it makes Klaus even more dangerous.

Carissa: I enjoyed Katherine getting drunk and having fun by herself. It made her more human and easier to relate to. She was an adorable drunk.

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Did Klaus' back story and mythology live up to the hype?

Steve: Somehow it did. The real power of Klaus, or at least his potential power, and his reason for wanting to break the actual curse make the sun/moon thing look trivial. He's basically so dangerous even Elijah wants him gone.

Nick: Absolutely. The fact that Elijah is Klaus' brother and not a henchman like I thought he was makes the hype even better. I also loved the parallels between Klaus and Elijah and Damon and Stefan. It serves as a great reminder just how at odds Stefan and Damon truly were in the beginning of the show and something that can come back to the surface later.

Carissa: Well, that's hard to judge, but I was certainly surprised he and Elijah were brothers and that he is both a vampire and a werewolf. I really enjoyed the flashes to the past with Elijah and Klaus. For some reason I had no idea Katherine was the original doppelganger and that she was around since the 1400s. Who was her Katherine (who'd she dopplegang)? The flashbacks really made me want to know more about all of that. So, yes, since I was definitely without a clue going in, it must have lived up to the hype! 

Is Stefan right about Elena not respecting Damon?

Steve: Elena surely looks at them differently, but no. Stefan hit a nerve with that line, which I'm not sure he even meant. I think he may have been upset at (and maybe a little jealous of) Damon's methods and went for a low blow at that moment.

Nick: It felt like Stefan said that to get a rise out of Damon. But if Stefan truly believes Elena doesn't have any respect for Damon what rock has Stefan been living under?

Carissa: I think there is a lot Stefan doesn't know about close Elena and Damon have become, and if he did he would never have gone there. At some point, he's going to find out what they have been through, and how much Elena knows about Damon's feelings for her, and he will eat his words. Or much, much worse.

Can Elena trust Elijah?

Steve: While I wouldn't say he was happy about being killed twice (I loved his sarcastic reference to that), I don't think Elijah intends on double-crossing Elena again. She brought him back to life and they have the same agenda and interests now.

Nick: Yes, Elijah, from what we've been told, has a rather rigorous moral code. Believing human life is sacred, believing in the order of things, and he's willing to go against his own brother.

Carissa: I never thought I would say this, but yes. We now know that Elijah has something to fear in Klaus. In this world with which they are so unfamiliar, it is wise for Elijah to have an ally, and maybe a friend.

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Will Bonnie and/or Tyler die attempting to kill Klaus?

Steve: We've seen that dead doesn't necessarily mean ALL dead, but taking down Klaus has got to mean serious consequences. I'd be surprised if everyone involved in the sacrifice - or attempting to kill Klaus during it - came out unscathed.

Nick: I would like it more if the two of them lived. I've been critical of Bonnie in the past because of her indecisiveness but now that she's picked a side I'm enjoying her again. As for Tyler, can he even kill Klaus? Klaus has the resistance to silver if the curse is broken but is his vampire side resistant to werewolf bites too?

Carissa: I hope neither dies. Knowing Tyler is a werewolf, Klaus may have a use for him and keep him around. He could go bad guy, it would work. Bonnie pretending to die once was enough. Either kill her or not. I honestly don't care for the witch side of the story. They haven't made it compelling enough for me. 

How do you think the Originals came about - and will we one day meet any of Elijah and Klaus' siblings?

Steve: The revelation that they're two of seven children was great planning on the writers' part. As was leaving the history of how they became originals open-ended. So much storytelling potential for future seasons. How the first vampires came to be is impossible to even guess, though, because they've changed the game so much that nothing is off the table.

Nick: I have no idea, everything we've been told so far requires vampires. It's like the originals just decided to be vampires. I hope we will meet the siblings one day.

Carissa: I have absolutely no idea, but I really hope we find out. Hell, I would watch a spin-off of the originals starting in 1400, if I'm being honest. 

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.

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@ Nick - Werewolf bites can't kill an Original.

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Jen, nope not Stelena. Fav is Bonnie and Damon. The Jump the Shark reference is because if the show were to put Damon and Elena together too soon. Where would the show go from there. It would get a little predictable.

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NEW FAMILY TWIST.. ROSE WAS A LITTLE SISTER. SHE WAS ON THE RUN FROM BIG BROTHERS FOR LETTING HER CHARGE GET AWAY.-KATERINA- THEN MEETS THE SALVATORE'S. DIES SAVING DAMON. BIG BROTHER ELIJAH FINDS OUT BECAUSE OF A WEREWOLF... BLOOD IS BLOOD. HE HAS NEW RESPECT FOR DAMON FOR HIM TO TO SAVE HER, AND BEING WITH HER. TOGETHER, NEW TWIST THEY DECIDE REVENGE ON THE ONE WHO KILLED LITTLE SISTER. AND SOMEONE THAT DAMON TRULY HAD FEELING FOR BUT WOULD NEVER REVEAL, BUT PERHAPS ONLY TO ELIJAH??? WHAT DO YAH THINK... WE KNOW WEREWOLF DAD IS DEAD! BRING IN MOM 2 SEARCH 4 OTHER KIDS... GYPIES IN HER LINE, BETRAYAL TO HER KIND , CURSES TO ALL , COULD IT BE A SIGN... MAYBE FOUND IN SOME WITCHES SPEEL BOOKS OF BONNIES... AND MOTHER VAMPIRE ALSO HAS THE POWER OOOH LET'S HAVE THEM JOIN UP.. IN MOON/BLOOD OF THE WEREWOLF... MAKE EVERYONE CHOOSE SIDES. YUMMY- NOW WE GOTTA LET KLAUS GET SOME BACK UP PLANS DRAW THIS OUT SO COOL- BIG STAND OFF BLOOD VS BLOOD ....

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To whomever asked if Bonnie could make another dagger--it's not the dagger that's special; it's just silver. It's the ash--the last tree of that kind is gone, so there's only a limited amount of the ash left, and that can't be reproduced. Since Elijah and Klaus have been making up their own mythology, over the centuries, perhaps a werewolf bite CAN kill an original. We don't know if their remaining siblings are even still alive. Elena not respecting Damon--Stefan is implying that Elena has been using Damon--and Damon's feelings for her--as a means to one end or another, the entire time she's known him, meaning she doesn't have any feelings for him, otherwise. I don't believe that for one minute, so Stefan's outburst is pure jealousy.

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Sarah, who are you kidding?! Season 1 Damon, while he did sleep around, was all about loving one woman. He pined for Katherine for 145 years, before he realised that she never loved him and used him for her own ends. Damon has a great capacity for love and is extremely loyal. He's shown that even from the very beginning. While he isn't always rational about it, nor does he always go about it in the best way, he feels things extremely deeply. The term 'jump the shark' is used far too frequently these days, and often doesn't apply. Half the time I wonder if people actually know what the reference means. In this case, it definitely doesn't apply. Characters evolving is necessary for a TV show....otherwise it's just the same story all the time. I'm going to take a stab in the dark that you are a Stelena fan. If not, I apologise, but it just seems like something that someone who is hardcore for Stefan and Elena would say in an effort to support their 'ship.' Again, if not, then sincere apologies for my last statement, but I stand by the rest of it.

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Great show. I hope they just bring back season 1 Damon who did what he wanted, slepted with women and didn't cry. Season 2 Damon is, well lacking and I don't see someone like Damon Salvatore settling down for just one woman. Talk abor jumping the shark.

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It would be cool if Lexi was one of the originals, but that wouldn't fit in with the mythology. An original can only be killed with that dagger and ash, and Damon killed Lexi with a wooden stake. Unless she came back to life later like Elijah did and we just didn't see it.

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Damon finally laid his cards on the table and Stefan reacted. Would anybody expect a warm and fuzzy response? Not me! The one thread that the show has hit time and again is the importance of having a "word." When you give your word, keep your word. Stefan, Elijah, and Elena have a word. Damon does not. For this reason I can't ever see Elena (who is so big on trust) crossing over to Damon, but if she does all I can say is, stock up on the scarves. (-: I love Elijah and this time trust him far more than last time. I hope he stays for S3 and runs for mayor. haha

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What was your favorite quote/scene from the episode?
The scene with Elijah and Katherine talking about love, it was beautiful and had lots of chemistry.
Did Klaus' back story and mythology live up to the hype?
Definitely!! I anything it left me wanting more.
Is Stefan right about Elena not respecting Damon?
No, Stefan is just angry that history might be repeating itself.
Can Elena trust Elijah?
I love Elijah so I hope so, but this is TVD after all... maybe not (sad face).
Will Bonnie and/or Tyler die attempting to kill Klaus?
I have a feeling Tyler will die, but hopefully the writers decide to kill Bonnie instead.
How do you think the Originals came about - and will we one day meet any of Elijah and Klaus' siblings?
No idea and probably/hopefully.

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Emily: "Does anyone think that 1 of the 7 'originals' siblings is Lexi?" Excellent line of thought. I love it and Lexi does have more of an "Elijah quality" w/regards to humans than most of the other vampires we've seen.
Did Elijah actually say he would ensure that Elena wouldn't die? I thought he said he found a way that the doppelganger didn't HAVE to die but I don't remember him saying he would keep her from dying. I think Klaus is going to stick around for a while. It took them so long to find the actor who plays him that I don't think they would have gone to all that time and expense for just 3/4 episodes. Seems to me he'll be around in Season 3. Would love it if Elijah would stick around too.