Welcome to a special edition of The Vampire Diaries Round Table!
With Season of this this CW smash just hours away from premiering, we've gathered a handful of TV Fanatics - Matt Richenthal, Miranda Wicker, Leigh Raines, Dan Forcella and Steve Marsi - together to discuss their hopes, dreams and predictions for new episodes of our favorite supernatural thriller.
Where do we think Delena is headed? How psyched are we to see Paul Wesley go all bad ass as Silas? Will Jeremy please show off his physique again?!? Gather around below and join in the debate as we countdown the seconds until "I Know What You Did Last Summer" airs.
Do you hope Delena stays together for all of The Vampire Diaries Season 5?
Matt: Very much so. The show has been bogged down for too long with Elena's indecisiveness. She's in college now and should be focusing on avoiding the Freshman 15, not wondering if she made the right choice.
Miranda: Yes. This has been four years in the making. It's their time!
Dan: No. The pulling apart and getting back together is the best part! If they stayed together the whole time, there would be no fire!
Leigh: I want them to get a couple of good episodes in with hot vamp on vamp lovin, but everyone knows you can't keep the main couple together ALL season. Elena is going to college. She needs to mix it up with some co-eds.
Steve: I wouldn't say I want them to stay together no matter what, or that I want them to break up because that's more fun. Rather, I'd like to see it play out in a realistic way. If there's some huge, game-changing event or new, believable reason for them to break up, I'll accept it. I just hope they aren't pulled apart in some contrived way again just to toy with viewers.
Are you psyched to see Bonnie as a ghost?
Matt: I'm not Jeremy. So I can't see Bonnie as a ghost. So... yes! Very excited for this storyline!
Miranda: Eh. I'm not sure psyched is the right word for it. Bored to tears already maybe?
Dan: Yeah, Miranda's got it! Bored to tears. Who is out there asking for more Bonnie? Seriously, who?!?
Leigh: If Bonnie being a ghost means we get Jeremy back in our lives then I'm cool with it.
Steve: I hear New Orleans is a hotbed for ghosts.
What should Elena and/or Caroline major in at Whitmore?
Matt: Clearly English for Elena. She can't let those journal entries go to waste, can she? Caroline is a bit more challenging, but I'll go with Music. Remember her rendition of "Eternal Flame?"
Miranda: Caroline should major in event planning. Look at all the high school dances she planned! She's a natural. Elena should major in hot vampire sex. Damon will make an excellent teacher.
Dan: Majoring in History couldn't hurt. Maybe it helps them learn more about folks like Silas.
Leigh: Caroline definitely needs to major in PR. Great point by Dan about event planning. Elena should major in Psychology because this cast needs a good therapist.
Steve: Forensic Science. Gotta think about how many mass murderers there are Mystic Falls ... that profession has to be hiring, and isn't as inherently dangerous/marked for death as say, Sheriff or Mayor.
More exciting prospect: Paul Wesley playing Silas, Jeremy in more tank tops or Katherine as a human?
Matt: Katherine as a human. Because now she can be killed off! Sorry, Nina Dobrev is tremendous in this secondary role, but the character was played out a long time ago. I'll be happy to see her finally go.
Miranda: Paul Wesley is so good at playing bad. He genuinely enjoy the dark sides of characters so I'm really looking forward to that. Super ultra close second, though, are Jeremy's biceps. Super close.
Dan: Wesley as Silas is what I'm most excited for this season. Well, that, and the idea of Stefan not being around for a while. It should give Wesley some room to breathe.
Leigh: I'd love to see a more vulnerable Katherine. She's a great bitch and thrives having vampire control. Let's see her without all that. Also, Jer... duh.
Steve: Jeremy is still on the show? Kidding (sort of). As Miranda said, Paul Wesley is great when he goes dark, so that I'm genuinely excited for. Katherine as a human could be interesting too, although she often borders on a randomly-used plot device to me.
Which Originals cast member will you miss most?
Matt: My man crush on Daniel Gillies knows no bounds. Sure, I'll see him in New Orleans each week. But will it be the same?!?
Miranda: None of them. Because I'll see them every Tuesday night.
Dan: Yeah, I'll be watching The Originals as well, so I guess I'll miss the fact that Klaus won't be courting Caroline this season on The Vampire Diaries.
Leigh: Love Elijah but Klaus was the dynamo out of that family. Who will we blame everything on now? Can't wait to watch Originals!
Steve: Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin (obvious, Australian, gorgeous tie).