The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "The Reckoning"

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The latest episode of The Vampire Diaries was packed with more action than Lindsay Lohan's bedroom on a Saturday night.

Sorry, Linds. But, seriously, a whole lot went down on "The Reckoning!" Where do Round Table panelists Matt Richenthall, Steve Marsi, Eric Hochberger and Dan Forcella begin? Find out right now...


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: My favorite scene? I only took one breath the entire hour. It's all jammed together in my head as one, long, action-packed scene of awesomeness.

Steve: The look of sheer delight on Klaus' face upon murdering Tyler. Joseph Morgan was an amazing choice for this role, and the fact that this shocker of a scene happened so early set the tone for the edge-of-your-seat thrill ride to come.

Dan: Mine was also Klaus snapping Tyler's neck. That move dropped my jaw like a "mother-father" and I don't think it came back up for the rest of the episode. We knew right then and there that Tyler was either going to die or become the second legit hybrid before the end of the installment.

Eric: Yeah, sorry, pretty sure we're all headed to the basketball court for our favorite scene. Next.

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Dumber mistake on Klaus' part: Leaving Elena behind or leaving Tyler behind?
Matt: He did at least leave Elena in the hands of newly hilarious/cold-hearted Stefan, so there's a protection plan in place there. But if Klaus is really lonely and aiming to make hybrid friends so they can do hybrid things (like save on gas mileage), departing without his new hybrid didn't make a lot of sense.

Steve: Tie? I realize that after "The Reckoning," where the producers turned Klaus loose on steroids, they feel they have to cool it for awhile in order to retain his aura of mystery. That said, he sure peaced out abruptly at the end, and his decisions to leave Tyler and Elena at various points felt a bit dubious - written in only to ensure the unlikely survival of each. That said, I trust the writers and the overall narrative they weave, and these minor points did not detract from an episode worthy of five stars.

Dan: At first look, it's leaving Elena.  s long as he has her blood, he can make as many more Tylers as he wants. But eventually he's going to regret leaving Tyler behind, as the newly formed hybrid will turn up to be Klaus' undoing... like a certain Bold Prediction a certain commenter made in a certain previous Round Table.

Eric: Elena! Tyler was an experiment. With Elena you can always make new Tylers.

More exciting development: Tyler becoming a hybrid, Stefan losing all humanity or Katherine and Jeremy awakening Michael?
Matt: Stefan all the way. It's like when Jerry and Kramer switched apartments and personalities on Seinfeld, only with fewer Kenny Rogers Chicken signs and more heartbreak for Elena.

Steve: This episode was outstanding all around, making arguments for any of these (and other) options viable, but I'm gonna go with the last option. Laying eyes on the one vampire who scares the crap out of Klaus - who had just proven to be more vindictive, evil and powerful than ever before - was an incredible way to end the hour.

Dan: It's definitely Michael because it's so new. What will he be about? Will he be awesome or lame? Does he actually have the power to take out Klaus? And who else will he take out in the process? So many interesting developments come along with Michael.

Eric: Tyler becoming a hybrid! Not so much that he in particular did, but that Klaus found a way to do it without killing the doppelgänger. I've gotten kind of a soft spot for Elena these last years. Glad she'll be able to stick around as this storyline continues. And, who am I kidding, I'm glad to see my favorite couple on TV both being vampires. Now they can be Forwood Forever. All together now: awwww.

Matt can now see Vicki. Do you care?
Matt: Only if it detracts from his time serving drinks at The Grill. Customers need their service!

Steve: Of course I do. As a card-carrying member of Team Matty, I'm stoked that he's finally getting in on some form of supernatural action.

Dan: No. I haven't enjoyed Matty since Caroline sent him packing.

Eric: No. An unlike Dan, I didn't even enjoy Matt when he was dragging Caroline down. But I did enjoy him drowning. Just not so much Bonnie rescuing him.

Were you impressed by the senior class pranks?
Matt: No, nor was I impressed by the lack of backbone on said seniors. Klaus, a total stranger, comes in and says that's it, the evening is over, and they scatter? Man up, seniors, paint handicap signs in the faculty parking spots while you're at it.

Steve: Let's just say that as a person who once wedged highly illegal fireworks under a neighbor's door, then jumped to a nearby trash can, from which I lit the long fuse and filmed his reaction while remaining hidden, I was less than wowed by the Mystic Falls gang and their weak mousetrapping/toilet papering. True story, unless my mom happens to be reading this, in which case I'm obviously kidding.

Dan: No. Lame sauce. Here's a senior prank for them: turn all of the students into vampires. Boom!

Eric: No. But, I mean, if we didn't want to go the insane route of Dan's suggestions, there's still way better middle ground for picking on underclassmen than feeding on them. And let's give them credit, this was the stuff the night before. I'm sure they had the obligatory super soakers loaded with urine for the next day and plenty more tricks up their sleeves.


1.stefan fighting to keep his humanity and proving once again he will move heaven and earth to protect elena,rebekah's reaction when she saw her necklace on elena on a pic,stefan's by all means carry on.
3.I am looking forward to see the new stefan,micheal's role and the original flashback and elijah.
4.nope.I don't really care about vicki.
5.not really,with all the parties they've had on the show I guess they ran out of ideas on how to place all the chracters in one place.They should've have thought of other scenarios.


Best episode of the season. . yet. . . can't wait for the next episode. . . episodes. . .


I hate the fact that tyler is now a hybrid. I loved him just being a normal ordinary werewolf without all the perks of being a stupid hybrid. the show needs its balance with supernatural creatures,and with tyler no longer just being an werewolf who now is gonna fill the werewolf void ??................Also the way they hyped Klaus in season 2 to be the ultimate badass was fantastic, and now he's running away ?.Sorry but that just cheapens/damages everything they've built up to introducing him as the series main protagonist in the 2nd season.Now I'm sure the "yet another ultimate badass" in Michael will also eventually be running away from somebody down the road (Dracula? Lol)...


What was your favorite scene from the episode? Elena asking Damon where he was and Damon telling Elena he would never leave her again. Stefan walking in like a he-devil from hell and snarlocking (snarling/mocking). The eternal triangle was just set on fiyah at that point in perfect reverse. Love it!! Dumber mistake on Klaus' part: Leaving Elena behind or leaving Tyler behind? Im gonna argue leaving Elena was a calculated move. She's a wet blanket and Klaus is ultrasensitive to party bores (stefan used to hurt him all the time with his mean comments right?). Leaving Tyler behind, i just cant see the point right now, except to send carolines sex life to the moon, but knowing those wicked script writers theres a plot in the backpocket. or not. More exciting development: Tyler becoming a hybrid, Stefan losing all humanity or Katherine and Jeremy awakening Michael? Oh Michael for sure, the perfect cliffhanger. Except Mr uber-original doesnt seem very handsome, though that could be cos he's dead. Still i think they might need a council meeting about THAT, I'll reserve judgment till is ee him do a twirl in a tutu. BTW i dont think Stefan's actually gone-gone. I think we may well find out love was stronger after all and he's fakin' because Rebecca is so fucking clever - love her btw, reminds me of the mean gurls at my school. Matt can now see Vicki. Do you care? what? lets talk about delena.


This is my third comment :P But also, The Klaus realizing what the Original Witch did kind of makes sense, because Elena had to die to break the curse but she didn't and the curse still broke, meaning that simply her blood was needed for the ritual.


On Stefan: Something about this is just not right. I don't believe he's truly not in control.
On Jeremy and Katherine: Does Caterina go looking for trouble or what? This one surely does have a death wish. I wish Jeremy and Katherine were in more scenes together. Weirdly enough, I'm questioning Katherine's motives at this point. She just opened a tomb of a vampire-hunting vampire. Michael could kill her in a second, is she really just trying to kill Klaus cause he might kill her? Or is she on some level looking out for her two Salvatore's?
On Matt: I don't think he's going to die, that would be a pretty stupid move after the crucial role he played in the last episode and because we're just starting to develop on this otherwise useless character - I'd like to see where this goes.
On Vicki and Anna: Anna was the reason they found Michael. Vicki told Matt that Elena has to die. So either she knew more about the Original Witch's plans than Anna did or? I haven't fully understood their role here and I want to see how this plays out. Why do they know anything about this in the first place?
Caroline and Tyler: I don't know how well this is going to end for them. :/ Hybrids don't seem like such a great idea.
Bonnie: I think she needs to get the other witches to let her back in. This show is seriously lacking where witches are concerned. Why do they all keep dying? And why are they not doing their job, they all seem to have their hands dirty - Gloria was a freak, not to mentiom Greta. Maybe they should bring back the witch that helped Katherine when the Salvatores were trying to kill her in season 2?


I don't think leaving Tyler behind was a mistake at all. And Klaus has Elena covered.
Remember when Michael found out where Klaus and Rebekah were last time and he put the dagger in her and erased Stefan's memory? It would make more sense to keep Stefan around, don't you think? They were brothers and he'd have more people fighting alongside him if he were to encounter Michael.
So it's not like this is a huge shocker, Klaus will run the minute Michael's in the picture and he'll leave anyone behind. Also, one hybrid just doesn't cut it, especially an untrained hybrid who probably isn't on his side - yet.
Klaus knows running alone is best because he'll have less people slowing down the process. So it made sense to me.
I'd expect Klaus to erase Stefan's memory again, because just like last time, he'd definitely be great help in finding him if and when Michael finds Stefan.


great ep!! love a super baddie Stefan and a new hybrid Tyler the most!! thank u Klaus!! u just did the best duo ever!! dying to see more ripper Stefan!! screw Delena!


And going back to Michael. Jeremy said that a witch entombed Michael in the 90s... Witches just have to be the be all end all of this show. Amateur witches like Bonnie can easily kill powerful vampires like Stefan and Damon. And now, apparently a witch is the only one who is powerful enough to contain Michael. Obviously he can't be killed easily, or at all, because he can only be contained by the most powerful witches. Future prediction: in season 4, witches will finally get their focus. Season 1 was all vampires. Season two was werewolves. Season three will probably be about hybrids. And season 4, about the only things left strong enough to fight the hybrids. They will probably go back to the vampire who entombed Michael.


BTW, my favorite scene is one of the last ones, with Damon trying to comfort Elena. You see it in his eyes how much it hurts him that Elena is upset, and he just want to comfort her any way he can. And then Stefan walks in and goes all douchy, and it's a PERFECT character reversal!

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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 5 Quotes

Damon: Stop being cute.
Katherine: I can't help it.

Bonnie: Where are you going?
Elena: To super glue Alaric's desk shut. I'm making memories.