The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "Memorial"

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We said hello (to one hunter) and goodbye (to another) on this week's outstanding Vampire Diaries episode.

Now, in the latest edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, senior staff members Matt Richenthal, Eric Hochberger and Steve Marsi break down "Memorial," paying tribute to all who have departed the series and naming our Hero of the Week...


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: I could go on and on about the concluding few moments, but I'll simply link to this Vampire Diaries quote and warn readers: grab a Kleenex.

Eric: I was a sucker for Matt Davis' small cameo as the show's ultimate bromance, Dalaric, enjoed a reunion. Alaric is the only ghost I'll ever forgive for an appearance on this show. And he'll probably get a tear out of me every time.

Steve: The memorial service, with various characters literally in the crosshairs and absolutely no clue how it would play out. The tension was ridiculously palpable.

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React to the introduction of Connor.
Matt: I was shocked: an African-American character who is NOT a witch?!? Actually, maybe it's too soon to make such a statement. But seriously, folks, I'm all in on Connor. His appearance raises numerous questions, from his connection to the Council to what the heck this quasi-tattooed guy actually is.

Eric: Meh. Dude has got to get some better weapons. You can draw all the cool icons you want on your bullets and wear the most stylish vervain gloves, but if they can't take down Tyler or Damon, what shot do you have? Guy has to kill at least one vampire before I even see a threat.

Steve: He didn't waste any time, did he? Connor may not have claimed any vampire lives, but he established himself as a force of nature. Of what nature, I can't even say. With the mystery ink only Jer sees and his emergence out of nowhere, he's as cloaked in mystery as he is dangerous. One suggestion, though: Go in for the bro-hug or the friendly back slap instead of the handshake, man. Less formal and likely more effective.

Would you be angry if your girlfriend drank from the blood of your brother?
Matt: Well... is she a vampire? Because, if not, I'd be more grossed out than angry. The relationship would be over faster than Klaus' 40-year dash time.

Eric: Definitely. You know, once I get over the fact she never admitted she was a vampire to me. Man, so many things are beginning to make sense now. Never going out in the sun. Her heightened emotions. Leaving empty blood bags around the house. Oh, anyways, yeah, totally jealous. Blood drinking is the worst form of cheating I can think of. And with my own brother?!?

Steve: You know, it's funny, I always wanted a brother growing up... until last night made me glad I don't have to worry about this sort of thing. Thanks, mom and dad!

More heroic this week: Matt, Tyler or Caroline?
Matt: Tyler. Taking a bullet will always win out over letting a hot girl suck on your neck and simply telling your BFF to take a chill pill in order to embrace her compelling new nature.

Eric: Please, Tyler had nothing to fear after taking way more bullets from Connor the first round. Matt gets no hero points now that I've learned how sexual it is to give your blood. Slut. The real hero this week? Caroline in her fight against Lyme disease and other Tick-borne illnesses.

Steve: Gotta give it to Matt for taking Stefan's advice to heart. Instead of moping around serving drinks and being useless, he "earned" his second chance at life by usefully serving Elena the most important drink she's ever had. Points for courage and execution - how he didn't writhe in pain and blow his cover is beyond me.

Which of the mourned characters do you miss the most?
Matt: Lexie. And not just because she was cool and fun and hot. But because her departure from TVD eventually led to her appearance on 90210, which is just depressing. That show is terrible.

Eric: I think this question was meant to read how much do you miss Alaric? On a scale of 1-10? 11. But, come on, did anyone else completely forget so many of those characters even existed until the list was read? Totes forgot the boys even had an uncle at the start.  Meanwhile, my lanterns are still on order from Amazon...

Steve: Were the words "besides Alaric" supposed to be inserted into this question? Is it even a question after that cameo? What I will say is that I enjoyed the reminder of how many key family members and friends the show has actually dispatched over three-plus seasons. The "wow, that's right" response to that scene made their mournfulness even more authentic. I'm also a sucker for those lanterns ever since we performed a similar ritual here at TVF for our favorite canceled shows last spring. RIP Secret Circle. RIP.


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Does anyone else think elena and matt should be together?

David and sabrina 2014

This episode was surely shocking and surprising at the same time and I can't wait for the next episode of season 4. =O =)


Awesome episode!!!!! welcome back Vampire Diaries


that connor guy is going to end up being sent by the dead witches that did harm to bonnies grandma. it makes sense if he really is a force of nature and the fact that jeremy can see tattoos that maybe were done by the witches or something


Deja Vu! Do you remember that Caroline was fed by Klaus on season 3?KLAROLINE HAPPENED!

Allison berry barbieri

Which of the mourned characters do you miss the most? Jenna and Alaric. @Eric...I almost forgot about Uncle Zach as well. I re-watched Season 1 this summer and realized I had actually forgotten him completely. The lantern ceremony also called to mind how many of those deaths Damon was actually responsible for...directly or indirectly. Uncle Zach and Lexie (directly), Vicki (indirectly by turning her)...he even tried to kill Jeremy (thank goodness for the ring!) and Alaric (ring again) a few times! Also, they may not have mentioned Uncle Mason, but we (and Chicago Fire)can thank Damon for that death as well.

Allison berry barbieri

More heroic this week: Matt, Tyler or Caroline? Tyler. He knew, from what Stefan said in the beginning, that he wouldn't be affected by the bullets...even though it would kill a vampire easily. He made a real gutsy move and really took one for the team.

Allison berry barbieri

Would you be angry if your girlfriend drank from the blood of your brother? I have neither girlfriend nor brother...but that scene was ridiculously sexy. I am guilty of rewinding...several times.

Allison berry barbieri

React to the introduction of Connor. I don't know. I'm kind of aggravated he's there... all bad-ass and kill all the supernatural creatures... I might like him better when we get a back story or an explanation of why only Jer saw his ink...

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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 2 Quotes

Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.

You better hope she's not a fan of Bambi.

Damon [on Elena]