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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I was hoping that dinner to be more intense also.. and there must be mose confrontation between the Salvatores


I want Elena to be a vamp, or at least to be badass. I'm bored with the inocent Elena. After all she's been through it is more believeable if she's a little more...


well i dunno how i felt about this episode... of course the mystery killer is easy - a vampire who hates vampire hunters and has elena's fingerprints and is not kathryn? the original doppelganger TATYA didnt care enough about bill's death cos he needed to be in the show a bit longer for me to care... original witch - not a great entrance - needs more charisma lets hope that grows


Nyckec, you're forgetting Elena and Jeremy aren't blood related brother and sister, they are cousins (her father was his mothers brother) and I dont think that's Petrova's bloodline.


Elena and Jeremy aren't related by blood. They grew up believing they were actual brother and sister, but in one of the episodes Jenna tells Elena the truth. Can't remember which one.


No because the Petrova bloodline came from Isobel not the gilberts


Okay if Jermy is Elena's brother and if she dies or becomes a vamp wouldn't he still be a carrier of the Petrova bloodline? It may not be as strong because she is the doppleganger but they are from the same family...HUMMMM!


I do not care about the love triangle, in fact I don't care about Elena at all. She may be the main character but I hate how she's thrown into scenes where she has no significance whatsoever. Less Elena, more Tyler. Yet again, he didn't have any screen time and he's far more interesting than Elena. I hope we see lots of scenes with the original family next week, I love Elijah and Rebekah! More Stefan and Damon scenes as well, please. I also hope we see the original doppelgänger, whether it be in flash backs or she's still alive somehow. The coffin was honestly a let down, I wanted something more. She forgives Klaus? That was boring.

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This episode was a major shock but surprising at the same time. Since Klaus's mother was discovered in the last coffin, I'm not sure if they'll all be a family again. If they do, then they better not cause any more trouble and they should definitely leave Mystic Falls for good. If they don't, there might be more chaos but they'll definitely want to spilt up from each other for like, ever. If Elena considers loving the Salvatore brothers, then she shouldn't panic over them anymore but I want the Stelena fans to rise again. If she marries Matt, then this show won't feel like a vampire diary anymore. This show may be growing more shocking from the events, but it gets more interesting to watch everytime. =) =O =P


I think katherine came back for revenge especially since they killed one of her family members she probably teamed up with someone and now is on a killing spree. it has to be her if " elena" finger prints were on it. I think she furious

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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.