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The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "The Murder of One"

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The Vampire Diaries will not air a new episode until April 19, which is extra bad news this week... because it means we're left stewing over "The Murder of One," one of the most disappointing outings in what's been an uneven third season.

What has promoted such a negative reaction from Round Table panelists Matt Richenthal, Miranda Wicker and Eric Hochberger? Read on. Find out. Chime in with your take.

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What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Caroline Forbes, quotes machine! Typically my favorite aspect of any TVD episode these days, but more often for her looks and/or attitude, this blonde bombshell was on fire with the one-liners this week. Rebekah is lonely and desperate, Damon says? Clearly, C-For replies: She slept with you. Altogether now: ZING!

Miranda: Stefan criticizing Damon on Damon's inferior whittling skills in a way that only a brother could was a nice start to the episode. But I also liked Damon's shirt being ripped open before Beks started slicing into his pretty man flesh. At least she left his face alone. Klaus pretending that he actually gets his hands dirty when torturing people was laughable, though. We know that everything he knows about being evil he learned from Stefan. Between Rebekah and Klaus, my money's on Rebekah for being the master torturer. Hell hath no fury and all.

Eric: Oh, definitely the torture scene that's be alluded to for weeks now. Okay, well since PaleyFest for me. There were some awesomely done cringe-worthy moments.

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Who will you miss more: Sage, Finn or Troy?
Matt: Full disclosure: my wife's last name is Sage. My best friend's last name is Finn(egan). But I think both would understand that Troy McClure still comes first and, in his honor, I will mourn Troy the vampire for about as long as I knew him. Heck, twice as long! No one talk to me for like seven minutes...

Miranda: Sage. While I don't necessarily like how she was introduced (Do the Really Old Vampires have some top secret Vampire Signal no one else knows about? How did she know to show up?), I think she had a lot of potential. I think she could've been season 4's Big Bad.

Eric: Obviously there's only one choice here. How could anyone be attached to the most boring, suicidal original? Or his lame threesome-loving, boxing girlfriend? Obviously I've been on team Troy since I met him. He was just so... identifiable. Wait, was this the first episode we met him?

What would you title Elena Gilbert's handbook?
Matt: Oh, 'Ship: How to Not Lose Either Guy in Like 310 Days.

Miranda: How Not To Die. Step One: Fall in love with a vampire that will cause all sorts of bad things to happen to everyone you care about. Step Two: Fall in love with his brother. Step Three: Repeat steps one and two. Somehow, you'll always come out on top while everyone else suffers.

Eric: I assume the copy Caroline picked up was the recently abridged edition: How to Forgive the Person Who Totally Killed Your Parent. Yeah, Elena took some creative liberties with calling Jenna her mother in the handbook. Come on, who totally remembers when Klaus killed Jenna? Not Elena. That's for sure.

Most interesting takeaway from the episode: the bloodline all dying when an Original is killed, Elena admitting she is unsure about her feelings or Jeremy owning a dog?
Matt: I've been snarkier than usual above, so allow me to get serious for a moment: the bloodline angle is certainly intriguing. It raises many questions about the past, which could lead to more flashbacks, which is always fun. And it could even pit hero versus hero. No one wants to see Tyler die, of course, but if Damon killed Klaus and, therefore, also killed Tyler, wouldn't that save many lives? Wouldn't that be for the greater good? Moral dilemmas abound.

Miranda: It's been clear for a long time that Elena's unsure of her feelings, so it's definitely not that. And Damon DID tell Jeremy to go have a normal life, so the dog isn't surprising. That leaves the bloodlines story. I like it because maybe, JUST MAYBE, there's a chance we can keep Elijah. Maybe. Or Rebekah if she created Trevor and Trevor created Rose.

Eric: Whoa, whoa... There was a dog? I have got to re-watch that scene. Mind. Blown. Oh, and the bloodline dying was neat.

Heading into the final four episodes, give season three a grade so far.
Matt: I don't want to pile on, so I encourage readers to check out my review (conveniently linked to below!) for details, but I'll do as low as a C-. Is TVD still better than almost any drama on network television? Yes. But this is a grade relative to the past two seasons and there's just no way around it: the show is lacking any kind of consistent direction.

Miranda: C+. Like Matt said in his review, we're back to square one. What have we been doing for the past month??? Klaus wants to create a hybrid family so Elena's in danger! Again! Stefan loves Elena! Damon loves Elena! Elena's conflicted about her feelings for Damon and Stefan! Bonnie gets used as a witchy plot device! Let's kill some Originals! Except we can't because that will cause really bad things to happen to people we care about! Scratch that. Make my grade a D. It's all so been there, done that.

Eric: I think we all unfortunately share Matt's review sentiments: this season just officially got demoted to a C after tonight's circular ending. Wait, so they still can't kill Klaus AND he's going to build a hybrid army. That's a crazier sounding development than the time Jeremy got a dog.

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Thatgirl301

I give this season a B+. While not my favorite season, I haven't been truly disappointed by any episode this season and that includes Ghost World and The Murder of One. Yes, there is no clear direction to where the season is going, but so what? I think it still makes good story lines, even if they are resolved quicker than a season. I like always being in suspense in the show and not knowing a clear direction of what will happen because it makes me curious to watch and see what may happen. I feel like know that they have the bloodline story line, they can try to find out who killed Rose, and also find out if there is a way to prevent the whole bloodline from dying so Klaus can be killed. I for one, am still always still suspenseful for Delena and Stelena as well, although many other people are tired of it. I think the show has potential and shouldn't be bashed because one thing doesn't go the viewers' way.

Neejan

Sage had potential. They shouldn't have killed her off as she could have been the main antagonist of the next season.
But now we know about the bloodlines, so Klaus is game again. April 16: here we come!

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The Originals need to go, or at least keep one of them and pull a Katherine and disappear and then come back like once in a blue moon, but not be a long and exaggerated story line. I'm betting you the only survivors are going to be Elijah and Klaus, with Elijah being the one who turned Rose. Can TVD just lock up Klaus in the tomb or some coffin like what they did with Mikael just to end the story. I do though like that twist about the Original bloodline. It kind of adds more sense as to why Ester wanted to kill her children. However, I just realized that once they kill them, how many vampires will there be? Won't that mean that if Damon and Stefan have any more friends or foes out there, they'll be dead too? Although an interesting twist, it may cause a conflict to future stories and new characters. I hope they have one heck of a good climax in the finale that will hopefully lead to a new villain and new story. I give this season...ehh I'll be partially nice and give it a B- / C.

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Season 3 is always the hardest and the long breaks till the next episode don't help, unless the April-May episodes will refresh the season a bit. Seriously, go ahead and kill off Bonnie because she's become useless except to cast spells. I'd like to see how the show will do things without her. And really - that's the story you give Alaric?! An altar ego...okay... What happened to the vampire hunter or his bad-ass self back in season 1. I mean I want him basically in the action of all this Klaus business instead of moping around not knowing what to do except date Meredith and be locked up in his home because of "Bad Alaric." Please TVD, if this is a lead up to making his altar ego self be the villain next season I will be greatly disappointed because it will just destroying his character even more.

Omgqt

haha totally loved the round table. elena is more and more irritating and making the show even worse then it is. i miss epicness of season 1 and 2

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I actually think that this season is better than previous two, especially first one. It has drama, and it's fast, and every episode has some new revelation. And I don't think it lacks consistency. I like Alaric's story, I like that they got rid of Finn, and I still like the triangle. They should introduce Petrova doppelganger in season 4, and bring back Katherine, Elijah and Kol. And get rid of Bonnie and Meredith, they are extremely annoying. I'm all for keeping the rest of Originals.

Strawberry fields

Favourite scene - torture. Creepy and cool. Plus shirtless Damon still managing to make Rebekah feel stupid that she believed he really cared for her in the first place. Who will I miss most? Suicidal Finn, I guess. Just because he was an Original. Elena's handbook - "Murder Is Not A Big Deal: How I Fell In Love With Two Guys Who Kill On A Daily Basis (And One Of Them Killed My Brother Once)". Most interesting takeaway - the bloodline thing. Once again the show found a way to surprise me. It's cool on so many levels. Especially on the level where the whole plan to kill Klaus went straight to the garbage can.

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What this show needs which it had in season 1 & 2 were storyline left over from the previous episode. Why can't we see Damon get tortured for more than one episode. Not everyone can save the day in 45 minutes. Also, Bonnie can go.

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* (continued): before the vampies, think there is some interesting stuff there, and will make the show less convoluted (two warring sides). So, my prediction: In the short term, Original Witch Mom will become the new bad guy once its established that probably Klaus, Rebekah and Elijah can't be killed. She is the only character that wants ALL vampires dead. But she too, will probably killed off a third of the way into Season 4, much like Mikael. Que the next big story arc involving Original Werewolves? Hopefully. Cheers.

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I haven't had any major problems with the show's plotlines for this season. Granted, it has not been as good as the previous two. But it's been decent enough. The only real issue I've had with this season compared to the others is that there doesn't seem to be a clear direction that this is all going into, a writing-by-numbers game as the seasons roll on. I certainly hope the writers and producers have an end game in mind. One thing I do know though, or at least it's an opinion, is that they can't keep the 'Klaus as enemy' storyline going forever, it will become tedious. So that begs the question, if/when the eventuality is that 2 (possibly 3, still rooting for Elijah) of the Original characters join forces with the good guys, what will the producers then do to get the series back on track in season 4? My personal preference would be to see more prominence given to the werewolf storyline, most probably as the new big bad threat. They are mortal enemies of the vampires, they were around before them, where did they come from. I also think that in the short-term, Original Witch Mom will become the bad guy after Klaus, as she is the only one who wants ALL vampires dead. She will probably be killed off though the same way Mikael was a third of the way in to the next season. And then que the big story arc involving Original Werewolves? Hopefully. Cheers.

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Episode 18 Quotes

Elena Gilbert, savior of the curse and the damned.

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Damon: You know what they say: The way to a psycho killer's heart is through his stomach.

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