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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "As I Lay Dying"

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Fans are still talking about the season finale of The Vampire Diaries. And for good reason.

Below, TVF Editor-in-Chief Matt Richenthal is joined by senior staff members Steve Marsi and Eric Hochberger for an in-depth Q&A discussion of "As I Lay Dying." As always, reader feedback is encouraged...


By turning himself over to Klaus, Stefan acted... Nobly? Stupidly? Desperately? Other?
Matt: Selfishly. He was acting out of guilt, which was sadly ironic because Damon admitted to Elena that he didn't blame Stefan for turning him. But Stefan only made such a drastic decision because his conscience was weighing on him. As a result, numerous innocent people may now die.

Steve: Nobly. In the abstract, perhaps saving Damon and inflicting far greater torment on humanity at large wasn't a good trade-off. But in Stefan's mind all that mattered was his brother. Save him first, suffer with the consequences later. Gotta give him credit for that.

Eric: Desperately. We've all made rash decisions in haste, haven't we? Granted, most of the time they don't result in blood sucking, life taking and girlfriend abandoning. But I once felt pressured at a supermarket check-out line and bought the wrong kind of gum.


Elena kissed Damon because she.... Felt bad for him? Wanted him to be quiet? Loves him? Other?
Matt: She loves him. But is she in love with him? That's the question that may never get answered. Elena, and viewers, may need to study Damon without his shirt on a few more times to figure it out.

Steve: All or none of the above? The ambiguity of that moment, and their complicated relationship in general, make this question infinitely debatable and delightfully open-ended.

Eric: Pitied him. Damon actually killed Rose in a similar situation, remember. Emotions run high and people take pity on those suffering in any death bed scenario.

Your reaction upon seeing Anna and Vicki was... WTH?!? I've missed them! They must just be visions. What about Lexie?!? Other?
Matt: I literally laughed out loud because it was so ridiculous... and awesome! It would have been enough for the season to have ended on Stefan's bloody, intense face. But this is The Vampire Diaries. There's always another twist you never, ever, ever see coming.

Steve: WTH?!? What a great way to finish the season. Delena's kiss and/or Stefan devouring that girl would have been amazing endings, but neither came out of nowhere quite like Jeremy's new "power." He sees the dead now? Will they torment him? Make him avenge their deaths? Where was Jenna? So many fun questions ...

Eric: No offense, Lexie, but I wondered about Jeremy's parents. Will he see them next season? Will they somehow come back to life? How awesome would that possibility be?!? 

Is Elijah actually dead this time?
Matt: Yeah, right. And Katherine is really gone.

Steve: Sure he is. But when all you have to do to bring him back is pull out the dagger, eventually, someone will probably do so a third time.

Eric: No way. We're looking at the Season of the Originals, right? And he's an Original, no? Case closed.

Will we see Katherine again?
Matt: Yeah, right. And Elijah is really dead.

Steve: No way. This was a close one! Too close. She can't risk running into Klaus by showing her face in Mystic Falls. She'll enroll in a vampire witness protection program and never be heard from again.

Eric: I hope so. My one beef with season two was that the show lost direction with Katherine. If we track back all her storylines and manipulations, would there even be a straight path? Why did she come back again? What did she actually want? The major nemesis a season and a half became pretty useless in the long run/big picture.

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@Lala I thought that too but then I realised that, once Elena died (which she did in the previous episode), the Mansion went back to belonging to no one, technically, as she has no descendents. Therefore, anyone can just walk in and out as they please. Again. :D


I agree elena kiss damon out of PITY. I dont know why even is making such a big deal about it. SHE FELT BAD FOR HIM. THAT IT!!!!!


They also forgot the part where Katherine was never invited in. The Salvatore house is now Elena's house. Elena didn't invite Katherine in. So how on earth did Katherine manage to enter the house to give Damon the cure?


They screwed up major by having Klaus stab Elija.They totally forgot about the part where anything supernatural that weilds the dagger would also die....I hope they dont overlook that important part of the daggers mythology next season.Btw i love the fact that Klaus also had some white oak ash handy lol.


I think the next season will see the return of Klaus' siblings....
As he has kept all their bodies intact and that too in Mystic falls.Maybe Elena and Damon might release them and together plan revenge against Klaus....


i think that elena kissed damon because he was her friend and he legit thugh he was gonna die so she kissed him as a sort of farewell. but thats just what i think, maybe once she kissed him it sparked some sort of romantic feelings but i dont think she kissed him because shes in love with him.
katherine will definately show up again next season, shes in love with stefan so she might help damon and elena rescue him, or shell rescue him herself as a plan to get him to love her again. remember that shes katherine, and she gets what she wants .


Im thinking jeremy is suffering the consequences of seeing his dead girlfriends, the ones that he truely loved. It will also cause complications to bonnie but after all.. she agreed with the consequence.


Stefan acted WISELY!! because otherwise damon would be dead and we would be done with this show ! SO ..long live stefan
gotta ADORE HIM for keeping damon alive !! otherwise the ratings would go drom 2.5 to 0


So does logic tell you that elena is 17 and still in high school? I call b.s. That u aren't stelena. What exactly did u present in ur arguement that stelena is endgame? The fact is nobody knows BUT what would be more compelling?!! Same old or a twist? Nothing is staus quo anymore, especially young peoples shows.


Yea Elena doesn't do anything for pity, she wanted to kiss him. She has feelings she's just afraid to feel them and face them. She is just a 17 year old girl. Which brings me to my final point, she loves Stef but how many 17 year olds don't mature and change their minds? Fans can and will win out and nobody can deny delena is by far more popular. I'm sure some peeps thought Dawson and Joey were endgame, hell it was his creek and they started the very first show w/ the two of em on his bed! Yea and Buffy and Angel weren't endgame either. I adore both couples to be honest but I don't see stelena ending the show, not compelling enough. Look if this were a book yea but they aren't made for tv.