The Vampire Diaries Round Table: "O Come, All Ye Faithful"

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A Winter Wonderland turned into a Christmas catastrophe on The Vampire Diaries last night, as least for the Lockwood family.

What did you think of "O Come, All Ye Faithful?" In this edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, staff members Matt Richenthal, Miranda Wicker, Steve Marsi and Leigh Raines weigh in on the best scenes, an especially evil Klaus and Jeremy's ridiculous biceps. Won't you join them?


What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: One character, one word, oodles of chills down my spin: Klaus' reminding Stefan of the days when he was the Rippppah.

Miranda: I don't know that any one scene stands out to me above any other, but there are a couple of moments that were great. The first is when Jeremy tries to sneak-kill Elena and she, in all her newfound vampire glory, put him in a choke hold. The second was when Jeremy was advancing toward Elena to test the detour and Damon stepped in his path as if to say "over my dead, sexy body."

Steve: Klaus drowning Tyler's mom. Slaying the hybrids who plotted his demise was one thing, but Mayor Lockwood? What a horrific finishing touch to his massacre. BURNING QUESTION, though: Who is Deputy Mayor of Mystic Falls!?

Leigh: Honestly, it was Klaus finally killing that pain in the ass hybrid girl, I wanna say her name was Adrian or something. But a less morbid answer would be Tyler and his mother's brief bonding scene.


Did Damon make the right decision in letting Elena go?
Matt: Let's see... he can be with the woman he loves and force her to do his bidding?!? I'm gonna go with a big fat NO on this one. Damon's decision was almost as dumb as Julie Plec's to include this contrived storyline in the first place.

Miranda: No. Not at all. For starters, it's complete garbage to drag this triangle out more, if that's what they're even doing. Second, she's still sired. She's just been sired to stay away. The whole "every part of my body is telling me to get in that car" bit? Hello!! Still sired. No free will. So use that sire bond to get back between Damon's sheets, please.

Steve: Hard to call that a decision at all, as the writers basically invented a new way to ramp up the Damon and Elena tension that makes absolutely no sense.

Leigh: Damon shouldn't of sired her to stay away. He should have sired her to have free will. This bond is so stupid, not digging it.

Caroline ratting out the red hot Delena sex to Stefan: The right move or none of her beeswax?
Matt: I'll forgive my dream gal because she only has the best of intentions. It's easy to forget how abusive Damon was to Caroline on The Vampire Diaries Season 1. All the snark in the world and even that smile can't make up for how she was treated by the man now going to bed with her BFF. I can't hold Caroline's reaction against her.

Miranda: I generally love Caroline and find the Caroline/Stefan friendship great. I mean, he needs a friend. But she needs to back out of this. She crossed a line last night, twice. She betrayed Tyler's plan to Stefan, too. I'm not so much loving what Caroline's doing this season.

Steve: Honestly, I have no idea what Caroline's deal is with Damon. Sure, she's entitled to her opinion, but her words and actions over the past few weeks have felt a little forced and out of character.

Leigh: This is a hard one. They are both Caroline's very close friends. She should've told Elena either you tell him or I will, but he has to know. I don't know that Caroline should've just blurted it. She does have the tendency to have loose lips, we all know that. Elena will be pissed but Stefan deserved to know, so it's a wash.

Pen a eulogy for Mayor Lockwood.
Matt: You birthed a hybrid and you led a town. Your death will leave Tyler's world upside down. Klaus will get his someday, and now you're free. To chill in heaven with Anna, Alaric and, of course, Vicki. God bless.

Miranda: Carol Lockwood, Boozy mayor of Mystic Falls. We knew you...not very well at all. May the afterlife hold all the martinis, bourbon and champagne you can drink. Give our love to Alaric.

Steve: Be sure to give the Council a full report.

Leigh: Mayor Lockwood... ummm... Rest in Peace. You birthed a hot son and held down the fort in Mystic Falls for as long as you could. May you pop up on another CW show.

More surprising: April freeing Rebekah, Klaus ripping out the hearts of every hybrid of Jeremy's physique?
Matt: I continue to be surprised by my continual interest in Jeremy, so I'll go with him again here. The only thing stronger than his body was the drink in my hand immediately after this episode last night, in an attempt to forget it ever existed.

Miranda: Klaus was finally, legitimately terrifying last night, so I'm definitely going with that. Seriously. And he liked Stefan's style? His was so...orchestral? Brutal? Bad ass? I didn't at all see it coming that he was working with Hayley and Professor Shady Pants, so this definitely has my curiosity piqued for the return.

Steve: Klaus' return to murderous glory didn't shock me too much, given what Joseph Morgan told TV Fanatic this week. Not to mention the fact that Hayley had been playing Tyler for so long and his plan was bound to unravel in spectacular fashion. April waking up Beks? How did she know where to go or how to process any of what just happened? Total (random) surprise!

Leigh: Gonna go with April on this. If you found a statue-esque dead body with a dagger in the heart sitting in a tomb, wouldn't you run screaming for your life? She's in for a rude awakening. That was definitely not something I expected.

Give the first half of The Vampire Diaries Season 4 a grade.
Matt: The last three episodes have been brutal enough to knock this all the way down to a C. It started out with Best Season Ever potential - the Elena storyline was playing out perfectly - but this sire bond angle simply doesn't make any sense. It's destroyed the show's momentum, it's brought unwanted focus back on to the love triangle and I don't see any way it contributes to Rebekah getting topless any time soon.

Miranda: A-/B+. The scales are tipped toward the A- because of the hot sex between Damon and Elena. Toward the B+ because of all the whiny Caroline and sire bond nonsense. So far season 4 is miles ahead of season 3. Miles and miles.

Steve: B-minus. The last three weeks have felt uneven, rushed and confounding at times, stalling the strong momentum Season 4 started out with.

Leigh: B. I'm still semi confused about this whole sacrifice situation and the whole sire bond is total BS. April hasn't been an enthralling addition but I'm loving Phoebe Tonkin. All in all I'm still excited to tune in every week and that's what really matters.

Allison berry barbieri

More surprising: April freeing Rebekah, Klaus ripping out the hearts of every hybrid of Jeremy's physique? I couldn't care less about April's story-line and Joseph Morgan played Klaus beautifully in this episode, but HOLY CRAP...Steven McQueen has gotten ridiculously ripped...I mean his ARMS!! You could see veins...I was floored..where has that been hiding?!

Allison berry barbieri

Caroline ratting out the red hot Delena sex to Stefan: The right move or none of her beeswax? I don't know. Elena broke up with Stefan's not his business really. Caroline probably thought he deserved to know but what good would it do anyone, really?

Allison berry barbieri

Did Damon make the right decision in letting Elena go? The whole thing is so stupid. The witch in New Orleans said feelings have to be present pre-transition to create a sire bond. Tyler said the bonds have nothing to do with feelings. And she's still sired, just being told what to do. They never indicated that you can actually break a sire bond (unless there is a cure and Elena becomes re-humanized) and the feelings are REAL. Why not just go with it rather than them both suffering?


wasn't enough for her to chose him over Stefan, didn't make her change her mind after remembering all things he compelled her to forget. So it's Elena's turn to convince him that it's real.
3/ i'll go with Miranda's answer. and TBH if I didn't knew that she was turned by Damon's blood I'd have thought she's sired to Stefan.
5/I was shocked by Jeremy's body, I was terrified by Klaus' massacre and I was really surprised by April freeing Rebekah.
6/ Definitely A. I really loved the first half of the season and Caroline and Stefan delusional and irrational and judgmental attitude won't change that.


1/ There is alot but I'm gonna say Damon's (along with and without Elena) scenes.
2/ If it's up to me I'd say "no no no no did I mention no" but it's not. And as much I hate it and broke my heart I can understand Damon's action. No matter how hard he wants to believe that Elena's feelings are real he just can't and that's understandable, all he got for all his existence was being rejected, heartbroken, and every small hope turn to be a disappointment, he believe (what people keep telling him) that he isn' worthy for her love, that he doesn't deserve her, that he's wrong for her so what would change that ? and Elena telling him that it's real and that her feelings are the same won't change the fact that when she was human (un-sired to him) those same feelings didn't stop her from rejecting him,

Allison berry barbieri

What was your favorite scene from the episode? Klaus kill Mayor Lockwood. Not because I wanted to see her go, but because Joseph Morgan played Klaus so cold, so evil, yet so sad...


I think the season is fine so far. Delena might not have worked immediately and perfectly, but it will. I don't think they ll go down the triangle way again; they will just keep Damon and Elena at a suspense for a while, which is fine. And the rest of the characters make more sense, have better storylines : Tyler, Jamie, Klaus, even that little girl freeing her best friend Rebecah - she heard it from Caroline on the phone by the way, not unreasonable at all. The only thing I am not feeling at all is Tyler and Caroline, I would like to see a way towards Klaroline!!


@julie;if u think that killing innocent people is better than being a man-slut u not right at all.think about it.damon is not like klaus but stephen,aRIPPER.


In answer to Steve's question : Who is Deputy Mayor of Mystic Falls!?
I say ELIJAH FOR MAYOR!!! The campaign posters are already made!


My favorite scene would have to be both when Klaus killed all of the hybrids and when Klaus drowned Mrs. Lockwood and any scene with Klaus in it. I think that the war between Tyler & Klaus will definitely get more intense and personal than ever before. Evil Klaus is Awesome, Amazing, incredible, fantastic,etc.This was an very cool mid-season finale!!!! I like the way Klaus was ripping out hybrid hearts, decapitations, using the sword that he used to kill alexander in the 11th Century. I think Tyler may be Klaus's next victim!!! Tyler better watch out, because Klaus is going to be coming after you!!!!

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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 9 Quotes

What the Hell is Professor Shady Pants doing here?


This would be so much more fun if we were naked.

Damon [to Elena]

The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 9 Music

  Song Artist
Song Covering Your Tracks Amy Stroup
Julian casablancas christmas treat Christmas Treat Julian Casablancas iTunes
Song Take You To The Mistletoe The Kicks