The Vampire Diaries Review: Family Matters

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I'm sorry. I'm still gonna need a minute...

I thought I'd be ready to write my review of "Bringing Out the Dead" by now. I thought my eyes had dried enough from the tears they shed over seeing Caroline Forbes lose her father - and that my heart had stopped racing from the shot of all Original family members standing side by side - but I was wrong. Talk amongst yourself for a few more moments please...

Klaus vs. Stefan

Okay. I think I can do it. But my goodness. The Vampire Diaries threw every conceivable emotion at us this week, didn't it?

Let's start with the raw pain of Caroline, who spent more time crying here than she did talking, proving once again that Candice Accola simply rocks and that even the strong veneer this character has built up since becoming a blood sucker is no match for the death of a parent. Especially not one as noble and loving as Bill Forbes.

You're strong, you're beautiful, you're good, he told his daughter before sacrificing himself for his beliefs, a truly impressive act. Can anyone out there comprehend doing such a thing? To not only die for your values, but to do so when you have it in your power to live... forever? Great work all around here by Accola and Jack Coleman as her father.

Elena came close to losing the person who has grown into her father, as well. Or at least her sort of unstable, funny uncle.

Alaric obviously isn't going anywhere, but he became the third council member to be staked, as The Vampire Diaries is making like Criminal Minds a bit these days - and I love it! It can be confusing sometimes to keep track of all the characters that come and go, all the yarns that are spun and new tales that are told. But, come on, who doesn't embrace a good ol' fashioned murder mystery?!?

Right now, there's only one real suspect, but no way is the killer Meredith Fell. At least not acting on her own. She'd have removed Alaric's ring before stabbing him, wouldn't she have? Not to mention that pesky alibi of surgery.

The bad doctor has to be involved in some way, but I say the culprit actually doing the evil deeds is someone we haven't met yet.

Then we come to the dinner every female viewer probably wished they could have attended. Elijah, Klaus, Damon, Stefan. Two sets of brothers, multiple sets of agendas, one thing in common: the shared love for a doppleganger. I didn't see that story abut Tatia coming. Can Nina Dobrev really take on a third role? (Or do we no longer count Katherine as a role any longer, just as a plot device?) When might we meet the original Petrova?

And what about that offer Klaus made to Stefan and Damon? He'll protect Elena forever? She can marry Matt, live a normal life? Granted, she should likely get a say in this plan, but what about it, Salvatores? If you truly love Elena - as you admitted to each other later in the episode - you must admit that you are not her safest options. She's better than both of you, right, Stefan? Doesn't she deserve to be free of this madness?

She compelled Jeremy for his own good. She did it out of love. Should the brother consider the same act now?

Finally, of course, we come to Mother Original. She was the leading contender to be inside that final coffin, but that didn't make the concluding scene any less memorable. Does she really want them all to be a family again? Can she truly forgive and forget? We don't really know the OW (Original Witch), but it's hard to believe she simply wants the family to live happily after in the house that Klaus built... right?

But that's a question for next week and beyond. For now, there's far to much to consider: Might Elena really end up with Matt? Who could Dr. Fell be working with? Did anyone else wish we had seen Klaus actually tell Elijah about their mother? And, seriously, is there anything sadder than watching Caroline cry?


Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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The Original Family storyline is like the best storyline since Season 1 of TVD!!! Honestly I can’t imagine with the Originals gone that TVD can create a better storyline with just the main cast…I love all the Originals they are all great characters and great additions to the show!!! I hope that they stay on TVD for a long time though it seems unlikely…but seriously the Season of the Originals has just officially began and I am so excited to see more of them!!!
Also i love how TVD has a side plotline with the murder story!!! and that it actually seems like a human problem (although the killer might be supernatural)!!! It is a really interesting plotline!!!
Super excited for next week and cant wait for more Klaroline!!! More of the Originals (I love Kol already)!!!!


Can't wait to see how the others fit into this story arch. Finn and Kol are interesting but I don't really care about them at this point - i need to know more. Loved the Matt/Elena/Caroline scene - and actually thought it was klaus but this was great -- although bonnie missed their friendship moment. the serial killer is freaking GREAT - i'm guessing but have no idea who it is - my thoughts lies with meredith -- but maybe it could be tyler?? scared the crap out of me when elena said she had to stab alaric!! this show is getting better all the time. deserves the 5 stars you gave it.


Candice stole the show - caroline's emotions were seriously amazing - and the fact she used klaus' words of wisdom to try and convince bill to do the same and survive was amazing -- can't wait for klaroline! I love Delena... but klaroline has usurped their no.1 spot in my heart.
I can't wait to see more of the originals!! they are so amazing and intriguing and i love KLAUS, ELIJAH and STEBEKAH so MUCH!!


I'm still pissing my pants... What a terrific episode.


Regarding Klaus' proposal to compell Helena into marrying Matt, I'm surprised noone has mentionned yet Damon and Helena's discussion after Jeremy got compelled into leaving town. Damon making a point that it was better to be compelled than being dead. I can imagine a very moving scene of Damon telling Helena he loves her before compelling her to forget him and marry Matt.


i loved this episode.The best part was when Elija and Damon came back in the room and Elija was holding 2 daggers and the his other 2 brothers walked in then when Klaus tried to escape but when he turned around Rebecca stabbed him with her dagger.My other favorite part was when the originals mom came in and walked up to Klaus and asked him do you know why im here and he said to kill me but she said no to forgive you.I also liked the part where Elena and Matt came back to the house and found Rick laying there dying cause he had been staked but they still didn't know who was doing it so they didn't know if they were supernatural or not and if they wer'nt then Rick would die so sense Elena is the doppleganger and the dopplegagger is supernatural she took the knife she had and stabbed Rick in the heart then a while later he woke back up.I can't wait till the next episode it looks amazing.


good episode i just have one question how is it mamma bear (who's been locked up for a 1000 years and big brother who's been locked up for 900) can all speak perfect English?


I loved Klaus's face when he saw all his siblings coming into the room, especially the part where they all take a chance to dagger him...there were moments during the first episodes of s3 when I really wanted to give him such pain! Elena and Matt, I do not think it will go beyond the talk about how messed up her life is. But it would be a good thing for her to have a little break from the Salvatore brothers, just a little one...


Ok if this show gets any better I might go crazy because I already have a hard enough time waiting 7 days in between episodes not to mention when they take hiatus' that can last anywhere from weeks to months. Seriously people this show needs to be on everyday lol! No but this episode was seriously good and I don't know about anyone else but I think Joseph Morgan deserves an Emmy he is amazing! Klaus might be the first villain on a tv show I've seen in a long time who can be so incredibly evil and charming at the same time. Seriously when the guy smiles it's like [swoon!]. Yet he still want to ruin the lives of all of our most beloved characters which is bad but I can't help it it's so bad it's good. Loved Elijah of course this show is in hottie overload! There isn't one person on this show who is t smokin' hot!! Which is another reason to love it. I can't wait for thursday to get here!


I freakin ache for delena.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 13 Quotes

You're on speaker phone, dick.

Alaric [to Damon]

Help me destroy Stefan and I promise you our family will be whole again.