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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?

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Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Loved that episode, was on tenderhooks the whole time! I laughed at the note Damon left Elijah - xoxo - I thought first Georgie, now Damon, will we ever know who the real gossip girl is??!!!

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Rebecca and Elijah's plan to make sure Klaus is always alone was to kill Elena. I think Elijah's real plan is to turn her into a vampire so Klaus can't make anymore hybrids. Love the show! Love the characters and the actors! Love Elena! Don't know how anyone can love the show and not love Nina!

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@HadToComment
Your theory that maybe Jeremy killed those council members makes sense. Maybe Klaus compelled him to do it? And the writers didn't want to tell us if or when Jeremy will return. So maybe you're right.

Neejan

HA! Told you so ! It was Mama Original ! :D

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God, is everything the most people are caring about is which fanatic couplefanbase will win.
I love the part when Niklaus told both (by the way very adorable) Salvatore brother that Elena could never be really happy if she`s having a Salvatore at her side. That`s very true. She wants to stay human, have kids and grow old. That isn`t possible with a vampire. Neither Damon nor Stefan. I think that Damon will move into another girl (and i think this will be Rebecca) to stay away from Elena. Even if he will hurt her. She earns to have the normal life she want. The only loophole the whole stuff has is like the one in the stupid books. Elena gets there a spell in form of a rose and this spell could turn a vampire back into a human. But it is her choose who she wants to turn..So Elena, be careful what you want..
FANTASTIC EPISODE BY THE WAY..I`M JUST A SHIPPER FOR THE SALVATORES..Best bromance ever..

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i feel like if Claus' mom was up to no good she would have killed Bonnie and her mom....loved seeing all the boys at dinner, Elijah looks much sexier this time around and i def think Claus' other brothers wont be so quick to forgive

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I was glued to the tv the entire time. It was like shocking moment after shocking moment after shocking moment. And Yes, I would have loved to have been sitting at that table with all those hot vamps. The family reunion I didn't see coming but it was kind of awesome and left me feeling all unsure. I don't know where I stand anymore. I don't know where my allegiances lie...I don't know anything!

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@Nyckec
They do have a crossbreed...it's Klaus, the hybrid. It's a pretty big storyline on the show.

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I know that because of fingerprint everyone thinks it Katherine who is killing everybody, but I don't belive so. she is not so... sneaky. she plays games when she has audience, and she wouldn't go around killing people dramatically, unless she wanted to make a point. and she does not. but if I think of the fingerprints... what about original doppelganger?

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I do believe that mother came to forget and forgive. because, originals have (weird but strong) fellings of love. even klaus wants his family reunited, he just wanted to make everything perfect for that moment (as in killing everyone who stood in his way). and OW, is a mother after all, so... I don't believe that she is planing any kind of revenge on klaus.