After a messy year, I’m thankful to report that the season finale of The Vampire Diaries was an excellent affair that rearranged the show’s chess pieces in some captivating ways.
The faceoff we’ve all been waiting for between Elena and Katherine finally happened, and it was epic! In fact, it was probably the best fight scene the show’s ever done (because for once it didn’t end in three seconds). The banter between the two, the remarkable editing (how did Nina do both sides of the fight?), the brutality – it was all pretty magnificent. And then, it all culminated with one heck of a twist: Elena force-fed Katherine the cure! Truly my mind was blown as the show’s original status quo got effectively reversed. The glorious possibilities at the writers’ disposal are now too numerous to fathom. Nina Dobrev is going to have a whole new set of challenges next season, and I have a feeling she’s going to continue to astound us.
I think we were all wondering how the hell Bonnie was able to subdue Silas so easily last week, so the reveal that her death had set him free was definitely a welcome development. The real bombshell came when Silas revealed his true face: Stefan! While this twist does somewhat detract from Elena’s rare doppelganger condition (who’s next, Damon?) it was a a well-executed move that’s brimming with potential. Paul Wesley is at this best when he’s playing evil, so he’s bound to have a lot of juicy material next season. However, Silas trapping Stefan in an underwater coffin was much too similar to Angel‘s season three finale. If only the writers were a bit more creative here, as the similarities between Stefan and Angel are getting a bit much (the broodiness, the evil past, the hair, and now: underwater confinement in a box).
So Bonnie is gone for good (or as gone as could be on TVD). I can’t say I’ll miss her, as she was never more than a convenient plot device. Admittedly, her final kiss with Jeremy was quite beautiful, and I pretty much loved how she brought him back to life. Yes it cheapens death on the show, but at least the witch’s been offed so it’s not a total loss (pardon the pun). The tidbit with her telling Jeremy to lie to her friends about her summer with her mom was appropriately selfless and commendable. Goodbye witchy witch. Please don’t drop by often.
The episode’s standout sequence was undoubtedly Elena professing her feelings to Damon sans sire-bond. Ian Somerhalder delivered an incredible speech about not wanting to apologize to Elena, and our heroine countered it with her own heartfelt declaration of love. I have to say it though: how awkward is this going to be for Nina and Ian who recently broke up? Nevertheless, these two have really cemented themselves as the endgame couple for the show, and I wonder how TVD could ever end without these two together. It just wouldn’t feel right to ever have Elena with Stefan again. But I guess that’s the brilliance of a well-executed love triangle (which admittedly stumbled a bit this season).
Bits & Bites
– Awesome moment: Lexie dancing to “You Give Love A Bad Name” while Stefan got drunk.
– I didn’t realize how much I missed family scenes on the show. I loved Alaric, Elena and Jeremy laughing and eating burgers together. Dobrev’s delivery of “I feel happy” broke my heart.
– Great little moment with Rebekah kissing Matt and taking his place on the explosive before setting it off.
– The group hug before graduation felt poignant, but I wish Stefan wasn’t part of it.
– Klaus decapitating the witch with a graduation cap was badass.
– Oh lord, Tyler is coming back. And Klaus still thinks he’ll be Caroline’s “last love”. Charming.
– Very honest moment with Stefan saying he’s “not, not happy” for Damon. And Alaric was naturally proud of Damon although I think he should stop referring to Elena as “the girl”. She’s practically his daughter after all.
– It was heartbreaking to see Stefan listening to Damon and Elena’s profound speeches. I did find her giving him the cure to be a pretty touching moment though. He really is bad at being a vampire.
– Why couldn’t Lexie stay? Her dynamic with Stefan is always amusing.
– What’s the point of even developing Matt and Rebekah if she’s leaving for The Originals spinoff? A pity. I was starting to like them together.
– Seriously the doppelganger fight was brutal with Katherine viciously stabbing Elena. Can you imagine how difficult this must have been to shoot? You could barely spot the stunt doubles (my favorite past-time).
– Didn’t Nina look absolutely gorgeous in that Silas scene at the end? Wow.
Stefan: I should be upstairs grooming my hero hair.
Katherine: I don’t think red’s really your color bon bon.
Bonnie: And here I was hoping the ghost of anyone would have killed you already.
Elena: Stefan, The only person worse at being a vampire than me is you.
Stefan: What if Elena was the one?
Lexie: She was one. And she will always be an epic love. Contrary to popular belief, there are actually multiple ones, especially for a vampire. The only way to find another is to let go. Move on.
Katherine: (to Elena) Happy graduation cupcake.
Elena: Kicking someone when they’re down. Classy till the end Katherine.
Must Download Tunes
You Give Love A Bad Name by Bon Jovi
Gone by Olivia Broadfield
Belong by Cary Brothers
Graduation is an explosive finale of The Vampire Diaries that impressively sets the stage for a (hopefully) riveting fifth season.