The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "My Brother's Keeper"

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Sorry, we got distracted there for a second, as The Vampire Diaries provided plenty of fodder for our Round Table team - comprised of staffers Matt Richenthal, Leigh Raines, Steve Marsi and Miranda Wicker - to discuss in "My Brother's Keeper."

Highlighted by a certain closing scene that exposed both secrets and skin...


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Stefan prompting Jeremy to kill that newly-turned vampire, no doubt. That was some seriously intense stuff and it furthered the show's best storyline at the moment: Jeremy's murderous urges and that ever-growing mark.

Leigh: I love Tyler, but I found myself oddly drawn to the scenes between Klaus and Caroline. I think there's a chemistry there, whether Caroline like it or not. He was the only person keeping her calm and entertained during the pageant.

Steve: Klaus making his move on Caroline. Being the most powerful creature on Earth only gets you so far when it comes to women apparently ... fool's gotta run game like anyone else (if only we all had that accent). Second place? Jeremy morphing into a mini-Connor before our eyes. Third place? Any scene with Hayley for obvious reasons, if you get what I'm insinuating. What I'm insinuating is that she's not unattractive.

Miranda: It feels too easy to say Damon and Elena, but I've been waiting for that since the balcony on The Vampire Diaries Season 3. I also really loved Klaus and Caroline and almost, for half a second, started to think they should give a relationship the old college try. I kind of think I wouldn't hate it if they did. Bonus favorite scene: Matt moving in with Jeremy. Was his house finally foreclosed on? Was he finally evicted? I mean, I can't imagine he was making enough at The Grill to pay that bill every month.

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More likely to hook up: Matt and April, Stefan and Caroline or Hayley and Tyler?
Matt: I have no clue how Tyler will be able to resist Hayley after seeing her in that dress (especially if she breaks out the Australian accent soon), until I remember that he's dating the amazing Caroline Forbes. Matt, meanwhile, is way too nice to get down and dirty with anyone... so let's give it up for Scaroline, everyone! They will soon drown their sorrows over Delena by drowning in one another's hot bods!

Leigh: Hayley and Tyler for sure. Hayley wants it, Tyler is gonna get mad at Caroline inevitably over something Klaus related. Plus, you don't bring Phoebe Tonkin to guest star on your show if you're not gonna show off her sexy side!

Steve: Matt and April, without a doubt. Who's NOT waiting for that? TVD water cooler topic of the spring, mark my words.

Miranda: More likely? Hayley and Tyler. Paws down. But I'm hoping Matt, April and Jeremy become the new triangle. I could see there being something supernatural about her where she's the only one who can help him control his urge to hunt.

The Delena sex scene: All you ever dreamed about, or a total letdown?
Matt: As I mentioned once or two dozen times in my Vampire Diaries review of the episode, any positive feelings I possessed over these two were wiped away by the siring nonsense. Was the scene scorching? Of course. But my brow was more furrowed over Caroline and Stefan's discussion than any other body parts of mine were... nevermind.

Leigh: Hot hot hot! I don't ship one brother over the other. Well done. I enjoyed how it started off with the dancing. And I wonder if Ian and Nina's offscreen chemistry makes it easier onscreen.

Steve: See last night's Vampire Diaries review by Matt for my sentiments exactly. Hot, sure, but a total letdown thanks to the contrived sire bond, a twist made even more lame by Caroline's drawn-out epiphany. Sorry, C. Not even you could sell me on that.

Miranda: All I ever dreamed about. And more. I don't for one second buy the "The Sire Bond Made Me Do It" angle. Not even a little bit. And I'm actually kind of peeved that even now there's still some angle for WHY she has feelings for Damon. It's okay for her to have feelings for Damon, and those feelings existed before she was turned even if she wouldn't admit it. He never said "Hey, VampElena, have feelings for me and me only." Sire bond, schmire bond. THAT WAS HOT.

What is Professor Shane's endgame?
Matt: Easy. He wants to un-sire all hybrids? Maybe kill Klaus? Find a cure and put an end to the existence of vampires, if not every supernatural in the world? He's working undercover for TNT, trying to get The Vampire Diaries canceled.

Leigh: Well, he wants all of the hybrids un-sired... so it's safe to say he knows about Klaus. Perhaps he wants to cure Klaus? Hunt him? Certainly wouldn't make him the first person with such desires.

Steve: If he played a role in murdering the entire council, which he kind of obviously did, his endgame can't be as simple as killing Klaus for the sake of it. Maybe he just wants that charming Original out of the way so he can have the Cure all to himself. Shane mentored Connor in addition to Bonnie, so he's gotta be after that first and foremost.

Miranda: Either he IS Silas, or he wants to awaken Silas. And he's hellbent on destruction. I don't trust him.

What would you hope to accomplish as Miss Mystic Falls?
Matt: World peace is probably out, considering the events that take place in this town alone. I'd probably start a Stay in School campaign. Seriously, when was the last time these seniors attended class?!?

Leigh: To just keep breathing. In this town, you never know when your time is up! Also, I'd open up another hangout besides the Mystic Grill. We need a little variety.

Steve: The way things are going these days? Living long enough to hand the crown to Miss Mystic Falls 2013. That and modernizing the school's mascot ... the 1994 Minnesota Timberwolves called, guys, they want their logo back.

Miranda: World Peace? Life insurance policies for workers at The Grill? A truancy officer to check on why all these kids aren't attending school? Making sure no one ever cares that all these teenagers are drinking in public?

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I don't know why so many of us find Damon so wrong.
Did he sleep with his bother's ex days after the break-up, yes.
If you ask me he just went along with the rap. He is Damon not a saint.
I do think that he is trying to change his ways, but Elena is his kryptonite.
Has he not been there time after time for everyone.
Elena Elena Elena what can you say about cra cra. She looks at stefan as her blue dress (the easy,safe choose) but like she said she is not the same girl any more she is a vampire who knows what she wants(the dam red dress).


BEST SCENES: Caroline and Klaus
RUNNER UP: Jeremy going Connor 2.0
The rest I really don't care anymore


I actually liked the sire bond storyline. While I used to be a Damon fan, I'm finding Stefan more and more appealing. I enjoy seeing where the sire storyline will take us. If becoming a vampire intensifies her feelings for Damon, then wouldn't it intensify her feelings for Stefan as well. I don't see why everyone keeps saying Elena changed into a completely different person. She doesn't seem that different to me. She's still a dumbass.


In reply to M you are right about the supernaturals having the rare quality of being sired....makes sense to me....good analogy!!!


1. Klaroline Scenes, Caroline scenes in General followed by Jeremy going all Connor 2.0
2. Hayley and Tyler
3. Total letdown due to the sire bond
4. Revive Silas
5. Agree with Miranda


Part 2. People are also getting very angry about the compulsion between Damon and Elena saying it has never been showed between two vampires before. Well let's think it through. I believe it was Damon who made the Tyler/Klaus sire connection and saying that it is RARE but does happen to vampires!!! Okay so let's take that information and put together why it has happened to just Elena out of all the people that have turned with Damon's blood in their system (besides to continue this love triangle). Well Tyler was supernatural (as a werewolf) before he turned hybrid and was sired (as are all werewolves who turn hybrid of course). Elena was also supernatural (as a doppelganger) before turning. Maybe this is the reason for it being so rare.


Part 1. Obviously Elena already had feelings for Damon people . . we know this. However, the old and good Elena would never have acted on it as quickly as she did (moving in to their house a day or two after breaking up AND sleeping with his brother, slut move Elena). And yes, many of you are confusing siring and compulsion. Damon would never have to tell Elena to break up with Stefan (which she didn't, Stefan ended it) or to sleep with him because when you are sired you want and do what your "master" (for lack of better word) wants. Not to negate their feelings for each other but I still think that the siring had a lot of influence here.


I loved the delena sex scene and thought Nina and Ian were smoking HOT. The only problem was the annoying voice over of S/C. I mean really they cut back and forth a total of SEVEN times. Thank god for YouTube.


Damon and Elaine love it. If, u In siril all hybits makes a boring show

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