The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Finale Review: Rompin' Circumstance

The Vampire Diaries S04E23: "Graduation"

There are packed episodes of TV, and then there are packed episodes of The Vampire Diaries. And then there are episodes like “Graduation,” which crammed in, like, three episodes’ worth of stuff, even by this series’ standards. Let’s review, shall we?

The veil was still open and everyone was having a grand old time at the Salvatore mansion, until the party was crashed by the hunters sent by Qetsiyah to find, cure, and kill Silas, and to prove they were serious, Connor threatened to blow up the Mystic Grill (except that Alaric zipped him out of there lickety-split), and Vaughn dragged Damon to the river where he had dumped Silas’s body, and Rebekah’s loony ex trapped Matt on an explosive pressure plate, until Rebekah distracted Matt with smoochies so she could take his place on the device, allowing him to run off to the graduation ceremony, which was actually pretty lovely for our five surviving seniors, at least until Bonnie was blindsided by Kol, who demanded she keep the veil open permanently and was awfully menacing about it until Bonnie snared him in a magic mime-box, leaving behind his comrades—the pissed-off witches Caroline had killed, who were ready to attack her at the ceremony until Klaus swooped in to save the day with his Oddjob-style mortarboard, presumably after first using his blood to cure Damon of the werewolf venom that Vaughn had been shooting into him until Alaric bum-rushed Vaughn, saving Damon’s life so he could swap impassioned monologues with Elena, who professed her love for Damon and relinquished the cure to Stefan so he could become human before leaving town for a new life with Lexi in tow, until she vanished and Ric vanished and Jeremy didn’t vanish because he was with Bonnie and they were on the same plane of existence now that she was dead, except that they weren’t really because she did a spell and brought him back to life and he could see her because she’s a ghost, which she demonstrated by decamping to the afterlife, leaving behind a betrayed and furious Katherine, who lashed out at Elena and nearly killed her, except it turned out Elena still had the cure, which she shoved down Katherine’s throat, leaving this series down one superpowered doppelganger... until the last big reveal that Silas came back to life when Bonnie died and he decided to take the place of the being who was created to be his doppelganger: Stefan, who got shoved into a box and plunged into a river.

Got all that?


“Graduation” was an ambitious episode, is my point here, tying up a lot of this season’s loose ends while paving the way for Season 5. At times it felt hugely overstuffed; one second, Klaus was popping up to throw down with the witches, the next second, it was later that night and everyone was safe and sound at Casa de Salvatore. That cut was so jarring that for a few minutes I was half-convinced my local broadcast had spliced out a few scenes somehow—scenes I would’ve liked to have seen, like Klaus taunting Damon about needing his aid, or a vamps-vs.-witches melee featuring, again, frigging weaponized graduation caps.

But it’s silly to complain about what the episode lacked (not that I’ll let that stop me!) when it included so much dynamite material. Any episode that kicks off with drunk Stefan and Lexi rocking out to Bon Jovi is off to a superb start, and most of what followed lived up to that opening scene. The show’s signature crackerjack pacing was at its prime: Charging forward, not stopping to overthink, getting swept up in a moment and then swept forward to the next. Connor’s hostage crisis at the grill, the kind of situation a more deliberate show would drag out over at least an act or two, was resolved after 90 seconds of pure Alaric awesomeness. That’s the TVD I love, and the antithesis of the wheel-spinning that bogged down stretches of Season 4.

Does that foreshadow a righting of the ship in Season 5? We’ve certainly got a few potent elements in place. While I’m less than enthused that Silas is sticking around for at least one more story arc, the initial shape of that arc looks promising, if only because Paul Wesley always seems to have a blast playing evil.

Our other set of twins left things even more intriguing: Katherine Pierce becoming human again is, all things considered, the show’s best conceivable use of the cure. Not only could new motives and new pain deepen Katherine as a character, but in diminishing her as a physical threat, the cure opens up new avenues for her villainy. Katherine’s real danger always stemmed more from her ability to connive and manipulate, which she’ll have to rely on more than ever. As a human battling super-beings, she could become the Lex Luthor of Mystic Falls. Or she could become a total wreck! And with as much relish as Nina Dobrev brings to the character, either route should lead to rich narrative terrain.

I also appreciate the symmetry with last season’s finale, in which vampire Elena was born. Now, both Elena and Katherine have become the beings they didn’t want to be. In effect they’ve traded places, which was a running theme throughout this episode. Silas has stepped into Stefan’s shoes and left Stefan imprisoned in the river. Bonnie revived Jeremy, but only after shuffling off the mortal coil herself. Rebekah saved Matt’s life by pulling the pressure-plate switcheroo. Even when Alaric rescued Damon, he essentially took Vaughn’s place in the shot after flinging the hunter away in the blink of an eye.

All of these swaps presaged the major reversals in the climax of “Graduation” that set the stage for Season 5. Hopefully this also signals that more episodes like this one will be swapped back into the rotation, and the kind of meandering installments that made up much of Season 4 will be blown up, drowned, and chucked by the wayside.



NOTES & QUOTES


– I can’t help but wonder if the need to devote one hour of this season’s run to that backdoor The Originals pilot forced Julie Plec and her team to condense some of the homestretch. There’s a way this could’ve been two great episodes instead of one.

– It’s getting to the point where you have to wonder how many of these Buffyverse callbacks are intentional. Stefan’s watery tomb echoed almost exactly the fate of another brooding, hair-gel-happy vampire in the closing moments of Angel’s third season.

– I get that it was abbreviated for time, but Rebekah triggered the explosive about five seconds after Matt started to flee. I am reasonably sure he couldn’t have gotten clear of that blast radius so quickly. Someone get the Mythbusters on this, please.

– Caroline and Klaus’s moonlight pas de deux was pretty suavely executed. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad we’re done with those characters as a possible couple, but Candice Accola and Joseph Morgan have palpable chemistry, so it was nice to send them out on a high note.

– “I should be upstairs grooming my hero hair.” Drunk, sarcastic Stefan is the best Stefan.

– “How is it even when you’re dead you’re the bane of my existence?”

– “Maybe I will move to Australia. I can live in a yurt.”

– “Ah, y’know. Making plans for the summer, dodging death-by-vampire-hunter...”

– “I taught her that swing.”

– “Stefan, the only person worse at being a vampire than me is you.” Elena, speaking truth.


What'd you think of "Graduation" and the season overall?

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So after a lot of obituary and a tombstone, jeremy will still walk around mystic falls and nobody will panic! Can a dead character just remain dead?
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It'll be interesting to see what that 'cure' actually did... For all I know it could simply have been a conduit for Katia(?) to be reborn, in order to stave off Silas had he been released. Ooh, that or Tatia for some reason.
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I was so happy when bonnie was dead, I just don't like her, she was annoying.
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I don't get why people want Klaroline to happen.It'd just end up being a romantic version of Caroline's relationship with Damon.Plus I don't get why the writers would keep having the girls say to their boyfriends "You don't have to worry about losing me to him because I love you" and later they still end up losing her to the other guy.How stupid is that?They already did it with Stefan & Elena.Why do it with Tyler & Caroline too?They've been together for so long and it'd be stupid to break them up after all of the obstacles they've went through
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Why does everybody assume that The Originals will pick up the plot from where TVD left off?
They are 1000 years old. I hope to see what happened to them an how they evolved from their early days not just in the 21th century.
I want to see the Klaus/Elijah/Tatia triangle,
I want to see Mikael Mikaelson and Esther (the original witch) and what happened between them and Klaus.
I want to see more of how Klaus discovered (the innocent human) Katarina Petrova and what happend with her as a very young vampire.
And I want to see Rose again (anyone remember her?).

As for TVD all I have to say is: Katherine human??? That wont last to long. She will probably ask Elijah to turn her back and he cant say no to her!
I admit though that I would like to see a bitchy human Katherine throughout next season. She should have the best/funniest lines!
And speaking of lines I have to say that what I miss the most are those "Damon one liners" from season 1 and 2.
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didnt you see the backdoor pilot? the originals is gonna be all about them in modern day new orleans.
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Did anyone else laugh when Alaric rushed Connor into the Grill's kitchen and then it blew up? The owner should just pack it up and leave town. How many times is the insurance company going to believe someone in that little ass town is building bombs and blowing up the restuarant before they start claiming insurance fraud? lol.

The gang better stop destroying Matt's only form of employment. He has astronomical property taxes to pay on the Lockwood Property unless someone else feels like helping out.
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Hello members of the ACP and the TVD family!

I don't know about you guys, but I'll have a hard time surviving without TVD this summer. So therefore I'd like to propose a rewatch, just as the one we did last year. For those of you who missed it, here's the deal:

The rewatch starts on Sunday May 26 at around 3 pm GMT (whatever that means in your country I don't know, I am not a wizard ^^) and will continue on sundays for as long as people show up. The point is that we watch all the episodes together, that way we can swoon, hate and love, all at the same time ;) So we watch maybe four episodes at a time while chatting at this tinychat: tinychat(dot)com(slash)g4tmo

You think this is a good idea? See you Sunday, then! Otherwise I look forward to see you guys here next fall when we dig into season five!
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In a few hours we'll be watching 1x14 at 12pm GMT (Tuesday 30th)
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Sunday 28th 12pm GMT, we'll be watching 1x10 :)
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I can't show up on sunday (June 30) :(
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This week we did 1x08 and 1x09
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we watched S01E06 & 7 this week
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So how did you guys go this week? Where did you get up to?
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we did not,... we waited for you,... because klara could not make it either
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aw sorry, remember I said I had work? I'll definitely be there this Sunday though :)
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we watched s01e03 and 4 and 5 this week,... next week sunday 9th june 12 GMT starting s01e06
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Sorry that I couldn't be there today :( Hopefully I'll show up next week! :D
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you were missed ,...
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Oh, I saw this just now. Maybe I'll join you this Sunday! :D
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I have just recently re watched episodes 1-6 of season 1, but I'm down for this party! :D
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Next time, at June 2, the rewatch will start at 12 pm GMT instead!
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Wow, so many things to say about this episode. (Be warned, this is long!)

- What?! Stefan is Silas' doppelganger?! That is...wow, talk about left field. So, is this weird doppelganger connection the reason Stefan is bad at being a vampire? Silas starved for 2 millenia so maybe Stefan had to drink for the both of them to compensate. Thoughts?

- Enjoyed the Klaroline scene. I know some people wanted more, but I think Klaus' words were enough. At this time, it's too soon for them, but later...And yes, Caroline totally swooned, she tried to hide it, but her breath caught and she smiled. I'm good with that for now lol. I'm sure there will be crossovers and Tyler probably won't come back anyway, at least not for long. Sorry Forwood fans, but Tyler has never been able to stand the crazy that is Mystic Falls and I don't blame him one bit. He doesn't have much to return to, plus he's a wolf at heart. Why would he choose vamps over finding a werewolf pack?

- Loved the Matt and Rebekah's scenes. That bomb scene was intense. I'm sure Rebekah will head to New Orleans soon, but I'm glad Matt is allowing them to have this summer together. I think this is going to be the first genuine "better to have loved and lost" moment in Rebekah's life and I'm okay with that.

- I don't know how I feel about Bonnie's death, I didn't like her much, but the writer's wrote her as an underdeveloped, neverending cycle. First she's depressed, hates everyone for using her and pushing her beyond her limits, does the spell for them, gets super cocky after, decides to push herself even further than what was originally requested, gets upset when they tell her to stop, and then can't handle the consequences when all is said and done. The cycle of course then restarts and it's REALLY annoying. She clearly didn't learn anything from last season with the ghosts, or when the spirits started tortuing her Grams in this one, so her death was the next step. In that regard, she deserved the consequences. Her scenes were actually very moving this episode though, especially when they were discussing the future. I teared up when she said she would be happy with her Grams. It sucks that the only time the writers do her character justice is during her sendoff because I could have liked her, but the writers never let me.

- The fight between Elena and Katherine was great.Can't wait to see what they're going to do with human Katherine. She can't go to Elijah sadly because Klaus. Plus he'll probably want hybrids if he finds out and we saw how well that worked out...I'll pass.

- Not much to say on Delena since I don't really like Elena...I enjoyed the Damon and Alaric moments though. Those are always good. Lexie and Kol were great too. Why are the dead characters some of the best? Not so much Jeremy, but he's not dead anymore so...
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Great thought about why Stefan sucks at being a vampire. That's about the only connection I see - otherwise, the whole doppelganger thing just totally came out of left field.

I'm hoping now that Katherine is human, it will give Klaus a reason to come back to Mystic Falls (to make hybrids). Please give us Klaus crossovers in S5, TVD!!!
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I'm all for crossovers, but the hybrids turned out to be pretty pathetic. Half werewolf or not, they were still baby vampires and Klaus clearly didn't take that into consideration...If Klaus succeeds in making more hybrids, he definitely needs to conduct some sort of hybrid training camp. He also needs to utilize them as a pack and stop sending them out one at a time. That's the only way anyone would consider them formidable.

If anything, I hope Klaus returns to Mystic Falls to retrieve Katherine, and has his efforts thwarted by Elijah and Caroline. They both appeal to his good side and he lets it go.
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It might have been the last season I'll watch of TVD. The last two seasons I had the growing feeling the writers tried too hard to give their existing characters more depth up to the point they could not part with them anymore.
If someone dies, you either see them back as ghosts, in visions or as villains hiding behind their face. They couldn't part in definitely with the Originals (I blame the captivating acting skills of Joseph Morgan mostly), they couldn't part with Jeremy, nor with Tyler ! I'm sure we'll see Bonnie back next season in some form or another !
Sorry, that does not keep me interested. Too stifled, too slow.
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I was just thinking.. Damon slept with Isabel, right? So.. Elena is sleeping with a guy who's slept with her birth mother... ewh.
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Just keeping it in the family.
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Yes, it's truly sickening. That's not even the worst thing that Damon has done.
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I dont mind elena with damon...i just don't like how it happened. I feel like elena was a COLOSSAL waste of stefan's time. all of that, and then a day later his brother is already sleeping with his ex! i mean really? hopefully they create a even more epic, and more enjoyable love story where things are perfect because he deserves it...i'm all for lexi! :) damon and elena i just expect bad things to happen over and over again.anyone feel the same?
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Bonnie was heartbreaking this episode. Poor girl really puts herself last and cares so much about other people and their happiness before her own. She's a freaking angel! and I want her back.
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My guess is she will be back next season for sure. Jeremy is alive and he can see ghosts, so I assume there will be plenty of scenes with those two chit chatting.
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My dream: That some random cheerleader from season 1 gives a heartwarming valedictorian speech at graduation and we meet lots of other teachers of the school the 5 seniors feel really weird/out of place at their own graduation. Seriously these kids never showed up to high school.
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Beremy makes me sick, Jeremy is an idiot imbecile that should remain dead, but not ... he has to resurrect, and to further worsen the situation: Bonnie still dead!!! the girl who did everything and a little more to keep your friends alive (some of which should're burning in hell), the girl who put the lives of almost everyone above its, the girl who was loyal and loving friend IS DEAD!!! beautiful TVD season finale, I have to hand it to these writers!!!
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Just because someone isn't the main protagonist doesn't mean we shouldn't get to learn about their background. Would it really be so fucking difficult to write a decent love story for bonnie? I mean COME ON, they've written and developed like 5 or 6 other decent relationships, I seriously don't get why she always has a romance that seems to revolve around 'magical interludes' in caves and demonstrating love by reviving someone with a spell. It's not like caroline and elena get the same treatment. You don't see them biting their partners necks and drinking each other's blood in some kind of weird ritual. They have developed relationships that pertain to emotions and the everyday intimate moments of normal people. Their demonstration of love reflects normal relationships where they talk about their feelings and have sex. What does bonnie get?! We can summarize it with her constantly reviving jeremy with a veiny face and giberish language and then she passes out and jeremy waking up and then waking her up. They then gaze into each other's eyes....END SCENE. Their lack of effort in writing these scenes is embarrassing!!
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The treatment of Bonnie becomes more apparent as each season goes on. Plus, the fact that show is crazy unrealistic when it comes to the socialization and development of characters. No where in the real world would ANYONE place the kind of devotion that the characters place on Elena, it's fucking ridiculous. That's probably my biggest irritation with the show. Especially considering the fact that the main character has not been developed in the first place. You can't really predict what elena is going to do because she has no personality. Think about it: she's selfless (and yet everyone else is risking their asses to save her), she 'cares' about others (and yet her actions don't demonstrate any sacrifice on her part- with the exception of season 3 finale, but really that was just intended to make her a vamp). I mean seriously, what kind of personality attributes can you give her? She 'feels too much'. What the fuck kind of personality characteristic is that?? Others might argue, she 'maternal'! I'd actually call her overbearing.

She doesn't drive the plot because everything is happening TO her rather than her actually taking action like many of the other characters. Her character is so useless.
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Bonnie's death. What the fuck type of season finale, for that character, was that? She tapes into darkness, gets punished, gets depressed, gets her confidence back, gets more power, and finally dies. Bonnie is probably one of the most selfless characters in the show and that's what she gets? Death! She is also one of the most interesting characters in the show and a possible role model for people outside the show. The writers fuck up her life so badly: her grandmother dies, her dad was kind of absent, her mother becomes a vampire, she loses all of her love interests, and multiple times she was screwed over by friends, family, and people. They did all of this stuff but she stays strong. She had the power to end them all..why can't you be selfish Bonnie?? WHY. now look at you: a pathetic GHOST! When will you learn??
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I knew I was going to like this episode when it opened to Lexie and snarky Stefan jamming to Bon Jovi. I was in for a treat I found this to be quite and enjoyable finale. So much going on but not too much where I was cringing at it all.
-I loved Klaus and Caroline scenes and this one was different. I wanna be your last is basically what he said, and I am not a swooner, and yet I totally swooned.
-No one ever appreciates Bonnie. I found that she was pretty tolerable this season and I really had a special soft spot for her. Moreso than usual. Say what you will, she's a pain in the ass and judgmental but she's a good friend. Good to a fault, because once again she put her lief on the line so others could be happy and no one will probably bat an eyelash at it. It sucks to be Bonnie. I don't know what to make of her being dead but a ghost, and Jer being alive, especially since it was public that Jer was dead,so how are they swinging that in MF? Are the folks supposed to forget that fact that he died?
-I both love and hate the Silas bit. I hate the fact that it never really got wrapped up and it's just there. I just don't really care for any of it and I don't know how it's going to play out next season. But I love the fact that Paul Wesley gets to be evil again, because he loves it so much. And so do I. Stefan is at his best and most entertaining when he's making snide comments and not being so self righteous. That's my favorite Stefan. I think Silas as Stefan will be that kinda Stefan and I look forward to seeing that.
- I love that Alaric's way of convincing Damon that it was really him was by pulling out his stash of liquor. I love anytime Matt Davis is on my screen. He should never be off of it. He was great. I loved every second of the epic bromance that is damon and Alaric.
-I don't know what to think of human Katherine. I really don't, but did we seriously go through all this crap all season long so that the brothers could try to make Elena boring again, just for her to reject the cure and stay vampire? Damon's motivations were mostly so that he could know her true feelings, which he could have just knew had she and he had a serious conversation. All this apocalyptic and afterlife veil stuff, could have been avoided had they just had a conversation or two.
-Matt and Bek had really great moments.
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I always love when Klaus saves the day... and I am going to follow him to The Originals, no doubt there. I would have loved to see him giving his blood to Damon and asking him: Is it going to become a tradition now? I like how it was so "no problem" to ask Klaus for his blood, in contrast with the last time they needed it for Damon. I think Klaus transition from villain to an evil-some times ally even hero was quite great, he didn't loose his murderous snarky ways!

This episode was so full of action, I loved it! I am not happy and not unhappy either about Bonnie's death, I guess I can't feel like something definitive... What magical solution is Plec going to give us without the witch? At the same time, Jeremy isn't in my opinion strong enough as a character to be the chosen one to resurrect, I would rather have Alaric back or have Kol reunite with his family in New Orleans. I guess Plec can bring up some crazy loop hole to bring Kol from the dead if she needs him in The Originals. I am surprised, this episode didn't end with Rebekah deciding she is going to go to New Orleands, I thought she was a regular of the Spin Off too!

About the triangle... Yay! Damon can be happy for once. He got the girl! (For how long? I am sure Plec won't let him have his happiness for long... Even when Delena fans deserve their three seasons as Stelena fans had) At the end the thing about Stefan being a doppleganger... I dind't like that. It seems weird, and repititve... like NOW everyone is a doplegänger! I guess we will hear how and why Silas or whoever made the Stefan-dopplegänger line!

And finally, Katherine as a human... that would be interesting to see. I am happy she is alive, fragile but alive!
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This episode was good but after Klaus saved the gang from that horrible display of vengeance by the witches, it felt like the episode slowed down a bit. We all can agree the episode was executed quickly and timely and fast-paced but after Bonnie trapped Kol and the Klaroline scene... I don't know. I was bored. Those scenes were sentimental and "touching", I guess. But then at the end the episode picked up its pace and Elena was getting tossed around the high school hallway.

I've never watched Angel, only Buffy, but if this connection between locked-in-a-safe-and-tossed-in-a-river is exact then I don't know but Julie i think its time to brainstorm some fresh season finales. I mean Kat getting the cure was enough of a twist and cliffhanger.

And Bonnie, you know I had to comment about my girl, what in actual whatness happened here? What was sad is watching our season 1 veterans graduate knowing three of them hadn't a clue their best friend died. And died a promising death trying to save her best friend's brother, who is Bonnie's lover. And poor Jeremy, not only are his former girlfriends dead but he also has to see them and be reminded. That adds a new definition to the concept "moving on".

I apologize for the long post, I usually can minimize my thoughts into chunks but too much happened. I'm still confused.
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Doppleganger theory #1:

Elena is the doppleganger of Qatsiyah, Stephan is the doppleganger of Silas. In this way their love story repeats itself throughout the ages.

Doppleganger theory #2:

Silas is Qatsiyah (and that would explain why she was a no-show and why Silas could invent the spell to become immortal). Perhaps Quatsiyah is her pre-immortality persona, while Silas is the post immortality one. In this scenario there is only one type of Doppleganger (the Elena) and we can safely ignore that weirdness about Stephan being his Doppleganger (which, as yet, makes no sense), and consider it a Silas mind game (which makes sense).
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Its already been established who Elena is a doppleganger too. It would be a complete contradiction to what we learned in season 3. Elena is the doppleganger of Tatia, who was used to bind the curse to keep Klaus from being a hybrid. That line of dopplegangers were created so that Klaus had a chance to break the curse. Doing that theory would render that storyline useless for your theory number 1. I do like theory number 2 though
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Woah to theory #2. That's cray cray. But this is TVD so cray cray could work.
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Caroline and Matt should join the Originals cast, and the writers should rename the shows "Blonde Edition" and "Brunette Edition."
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I admit I love game-changing twists so this was a great episode. However I have two questions.
1) vampires are super strong, right? we have seen them move very heavy things. So why cant Stephan break out of the safe? Is this suddenly too much?
2) I get the big deal (and fun) in Katherine being human. But what stands in her way of becoming a vampire again? I dont think it would be very difficult to find a vampire to help her with that so its gonna be difficult to believe if she remains human for longer than a day.
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You took the words right out of my mouth. I actually deleted my own comment because it near exact to yours!!
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2) i wondered the same thing myself. i'm thinking they'll explain it with once the cure is in your bloodstream, it's always in there and prevents you from being vampire again.
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1) I can't believe I actually put this much thought into it, but that wasn't a very spacious safe. He probably couldn't get enough momentum to bust out of there.
2) I'm hoping they'll be dealing with the consequences of Katherine being Katherine for the last 500 years. She really doesn't have any friends, does she? Just a long list of enemies and burned bridges. Who in their right mind would turn her?
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I don't think anyone has to help her with this. All she has to do is bite a vampire, swallow the blood and throw herself off a bridge. No assistance required.
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2) you think so? I think there are far too many vampires out there for her to have wronged all of them.
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1) he is staked and therefor weak,... and also he has his limits
2) I am sure the writers will come up with a ''loophole'' as to why there can not be a vampirism change for Kat
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1) yes, but the vampires heal quickly so in a couple of minutes he should be fine. I'm not trying to argue, I just really like it much more when I find it believable :)
2) yeah, this crossed my mind as well as the only option to keep her human.
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Stephan is now Silas and Kat is human?? Loved those twists!
Hope Bonnie is not really dead. I shed a few tears when she was saying goodbye to her friends and they didn't realise. Hope they bring her back and give her a serious more kick ass love interest and allow her character to develop beyond her 'witchiness'.
Elena picked the wrong brother.. Her chemistry with Stephan was epic and there is non with Damon. Sorry.
Klaroline - don't care and really bored with that story now. Time to move on. I want Caroline to be given more to do next season beyond annoying friend and almost girlfriend. She is capable of so much more.
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"Elena picked the wrong brother"

Completely agree! Plus...I miss the old Damon. You know...the unhappy, bitter, lose his temper and snap somebody's neck Damon. He was entertaining!
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If Bonnie does come back she most definitely needs a new kick ass love interest. Her and Jeremy were gross and had zero chemistry.
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Amen!
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"That's a funny thing about spells. They are bound by nature and nature demands balance so every spell has a loophole. The spell that turned me to stone is bound by a witch. A living witch. So when that witch died, the spell broke." Didn't Bonnie do the same thing Qetsiyah did?
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Didn't Qetsiyah just immobilize him enough to starve?
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How did Qetsiyah die again? Maybe she died long after she cast the immobilisation spell on Silas, so even though the spell broke when she died, he was too desiccated to move anyway.
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Great ending to a mediocre season. That ending! I did not see that coming AT. ALL. With every episode ending in a cliffhanger, they really step it up with these season finales. Holy crap. I'm not thrilled about Elena pairing with Damon, and never have been (really, her only choices are two brothers? Gross.), but I can't deny that they have chemistry. I still think she should end up with Stefan, as he is the best for her, and there is true love there. She says she feels more alive with Damon, and their passion burns pretty hot, but as is the case so often, the candle that burns the hottest also burns out the quickest. I'm not convinced that Damon and Elena's love has the legs to last.
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I agree about the brothers thing. It is gross and only a truly selfish person would hook up with the brother of a man who loves her. They portray Elena as being so selfless, but this is the ultimate selfish act. She is with Damon because it makes HER happy...NOT the people around her!!
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I agree that their love could not last, but surely the same can be sad about a first true love!
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That's true of first loves as well, I agree. It depends on the people, and on the relationship. Often with first loves, both individuals are still learning who they are and what they want from life and their relationships. But if both people are sincere, selfless, mature, and secure in who they are and what they want, then that relationship is much more likely to have the strength to last. Just like Ian and Nina's relationship in real life, it seems to be more shallow and superficial than anything, and therefore, cannot stand the test of time. It's just built-up sexual tension and attraction, and they've realized once they've fully entertained the idea, it has burned out.
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I can't believe we only had ONE Klaus/Klaroline scene!! ONE!! WTF! Who knows when, if ever, he'll be back on TVD and that's all we get!? But, God, it was one good scene. What a line he gave her! How did she not melt at that?! Because I was just screaming at him "TAKE ME NOW!!"
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One scene felt like too many to me. Shoe-horned fan service. I feel like they did that whole bullet thing just so they had an excuse to bring Klaus back to a finale he didn't belong in just so you could have that scene. I'm trying to give them the benefit of the doubt that they brought him back so they could fake that they were going to do the human Damon storyline, but I fear that it was really so you could have your one scene, because Julie Plec's pandering to shippers knows no bounds.
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Not counting the pandering to my shipper heart, I think that Klaus did still need to make an appearance on TVD. When he left to go to New Orleans, he hadn't planned on staying there for long, it was just to see what that witch was up to. It makes sense for him to come back to say a proper goodbye to Caroline (and his BFF Stefan) and of course to pack a bigger suitcase.
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I do understand your frustration,... but I think we need to come to an acceptance as far as fan services go,... for these kind of shows,... teen drama and all,... I think it is a very new and interesting avenue of capitalizing on all these social networking,... How many of us out there wished we could change the ending or even the story of our favorite shows ? it is like giving the public the ability to direct and write their own show,...
I am not saying this is for all shows because,... yes,... then all shows would be about shipping and hot guys and forbidden romance without any originality or art for that matter,...
but it is fun for more not so original shows,... just an idea
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I think she melted,... where did they go when they left school ?
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Seriously - I hope there is a director''s cut of this episode someday with the footage of Klaus saving Damon and then where Klaus and Caroline went after walking off the field together post-gradation.
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Stefan at the end, immediately reminded me of the end of S3 of Angel!
Caroline and Klaus..this NEEDS to happen. I am so over Tyler!
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Great finale looking forward to The Originals....sorry Stephan not your best day/night;o(
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Stefan's face after hearing Delena made me cry, it hurt so bad that it felt like my heart was breaking. I wish no joy to them after that, no joy at all, they deserve everything that Silas will inevitably do to them.
The Klaroline scene however, was beautiful & Klaus in a suit...SWOON!!
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People have been getting rejected since the beginning of the series, and most of those rejections are by him: Katherine, Caroline, Rebekah, Klaus lol. And virtually everyone in the show has shown to always favor him. So i don't get why people are feeling sorry for the guy because for once someone has finally broke his little feelings. But i do feel sorry for him being at the bottom of that lake after reading at what state he'll at be trapped under there.
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So maybe I'm dumb but Stefan is a doppelganger too? Huh? Am I taking crazy pills?
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No, the TVD writers are taking crazy pills :)
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Yeah I'm a bit confused too.
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i just watched again and my take on more of it is this...i felt like crying when Lexi put her hand on Stefan's shoulder(and as the music played) and he stared into space with a sad look on his face,like someone who had just had their world crash down around them. I thought it was touching when Alaric saved Damon, even though it wasn't a sappy moment. The part between Bonnie and Jeremy was touching, but I do have a feeling that Bonnie will be back.I do think and I am so sorry if this pisses some people off, that if JP had any real writing skills, she wouldn't be making it seem like she was ripping off Angel and or Buffy for that matter. I wonder if she has consulted Joss Wheadon to ask him if she could use parts of his shows for her show, doubtful but still. And atleast 3 times while watching the finale, i expected some clips to be the end of the show, but that didn't happen. Like I said before, I did enjoy seeing Klaus and he of course is amazing. I wonder if JP is going to make Silas have many emotions, like she did to Klaus, by trying to make him human somehow. I hope that Damon and the gang figure out that Silas is Stefan and try to find the real Stefan and rescue him and then kill Silas somehow, once and for all. I am happy for all the Delena fans out there(my sister is one), too bad about Stelena though, they had promise...but why couldn't Elena choose to stay with herself and try and figure herself out before she went with either guy(Damon apparently)? I don't understand that part and I hope that decision puts an end to the triangle...more later
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'' that if JP had any real writing skills ''
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Wowzers, what an episode! So much went down which was exhilarating & surprising & just fantastic but then I felt that so much lacked development too. There was so much more that could have happened, if less had happened you know?

Firstly, and always most importantly, Klaus. I could have done with a lot more of him. It was his last episode on TVD and apart from that stellar, decapitating intro we only had him for one scene?! Granted, it was an awww inducing, sweet scene, but the junkie in me needed more!!

And what happened to all the hybrids and witches? With that impassioned speech Kol gave them I was expecting an angry mob showdown between all the dead, revenge seeking supes and our main cast. Instead, we had a bit of Alexander here, a bit of Vaughn there, some Kol and that pathetic attempt by the witches. Where's the team work, guys?

Well whatever little pieces we were given I inhaled them like I would be going through months of withdrawal. Which, I will be.

Lexi is always awesome. Yay, to Elena staying a vampire. Not sure yet how I feel about Katherine… it should be interesting at least. Thank God the stupid sire bond is gone and Elena has made a decision (well for now, we all know the love triangle will never go away). Aww, Mabekah. Jeremy's back…. yay. NOT. And Bonnie? She's definitely dead but will hang around and only ever interact with Jeremy? I'm bored already.

But that ending! Woah! I did not see that coming! At first I was like what? Silas is a girl? And then I was like WHAT? Stefan's a doppelgänger? Silas's doppelgänger!? That's gonna be fun!

All in all a fantabulous episode, can't wait for TVD in September and of course, The Originals, because I will never leave Klaus behind! No matter how crazy his storyline is :D
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our Klaus devotion needs more recognition
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OH yeah, they never really explained how the sire bond just vanished right?
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I guess switching it off broke the sire bond permanently,...
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the inter actions between Rebka and Matt were just perfect!! but shows need to rethink naming the episodes!! Graduation was good, but viewers might get confused with BTVS which was so much better!!
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Good review
Great show
Great Finale
Great everything
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Holy ovary busting episodes, Klaroline fans!!!! When Klaus uttered the ultimate swoon-worthy words "Tyler was your first love. I intend to be your last" it pretty much made up for all the Hayley/were-baby crap we've had to put up with this season. There is NO WAY Caroline (or any red-blooded female) could resist. Well played, Klaus, well played.

Oh yeah, and some other stuff happened this episode, but really, all I took away from this episode was Klaus kissing Caroline's cheek and the fact that she actually seemed to enjoy it. I can die a happy woman now.
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Aaahhhhh!!! Their scene was awesome! Bittersweet but still! KLAROLINE!!!! haha ovary busting! You crack me up! :D

Lol "some other stuff happened". Yeah all I choose to remember are the Klaus scenes and Caroline's lovely, little smile when Klaus showed up! Aww!
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the scene was totally JP's public apology to us for that hayley business
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ok am I the only one who figured out how stefan is going to be found?? Obviously Lexi was with stefan when the whole Silas throwing him in the quarry thing happened and now that Jeremy is alive again and can still see ghost all Lexi has to do is go tell Jeremy whats going on. So Jeremy tells everyones else and stefan gets saved easily shouldn't take more than Half a day to get done. Sorry Silas ur plan sucks!!
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Nah, I'm hoping that it takes several episodes at least. I love evil Stefan. :)
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me toooooooooo,.... that would be awesome,... wish Klaus was there,... so they could rekindle their bromance
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YES! Evil Klaufan bromance!
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Evil Stefan and Klaus are great together. . . with their swords. ;)
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Would hope she saw it all but maybe she let go and found peace and all that stuff so she wasn't sticking around to watch. I wouldn't think it'd be that easy. I reckon there will be a give away like Silas will act broken up and cruel towards Damon for getting Elena to try to get to him even though Stefan essentially said he was happy for him. That's my guess anyway.
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Yes somebody else noticed the parallelism between Stefan's "captivity" & Angel. That's exactly what I thought of when I saw the scene.

Also I don't agree about Caroline & Klaus not being a couple, they would of been explosive. And Klaus's line "I intend to be your last" was more than swoon-worthy.

At the beginning of the episode when I saw Matt on the bomb thingie I was like, wait did I miss something, didn't the previous end where the saw Rebekah's ex? This is me agreeing how action packed this episode really was & no lingering whatsoever.

At the glimmer of chance that Damon was going to get the cure I was like Yes like the books (Damon being grumpy being a human was hilarious in the books) but Katherine? Did not see that coming. Agreed she can become the Lex Luthor of Mystic Falls.

Also the Silas doppelganger threw me & yes Paul Wesley enacts a great evil Stefan.

So happy about Jeremy but what about Bonnie, what will the group do without a witch? And losing Alaric again just broke my heart (again!) "You got the girl" :)

I am so glad that Elena was really in love with Damon & it wasn't the sire bond, that line of the story was such a cop out & diminished Damon.

Also where can I get the weaponized graduation cap :)
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"what will the group do without a witch?" lol no more plot device??
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Ha, I just called Klaus' line swoon-worthy too, before I even saw your comment. Great minds :)
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I am 100% sure anyone who had seen Angel could make the connection,... because basically everything was the same,...
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I have only one thing to say: this episode was INSANE.
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Oh so many things happened in this episode that made me smile and cry!!!

I love Alaric. His character was one of my fav’s so it was really good to see him return but sad to see him leave again. The Bro-mance Alaric and Damon have is really awesome.

Oh I do hope Bonnie comes back and isn’t dead for sure. Not everything is as it seems with these shows and no one is gone for good!

I was a little disappointed that Jenna didn’t make an appearance. It would have been great to see her too. LOVED seeing Lexi return as well.

Anyone else surprised at who Silas’ doppelganger was. That was an awesome twist at the end. Damon will need to be the one that finds his bro. I think once Stephan is found, there may be a love connection between him and Katharine now that she is human.

I want Caroline and Klaus to get together. That would be awesome to see.

Cannot wait to see the next season.

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I think everyone was surprised at that Stefan doppelgänger twist! I haven't come across anyone yet who saw THAT coming!
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Now that Katharine is probably mortal again, will she be immune to vampire blood changing her back, assuming she can get any vamps to turn her based on her history.

Klaus' gift to Caroline was unbelievably touching.

My heart broke again when Alaric & Lexi disappeared.

Maybe while real Stefan is boxed underwater, Dopple-Sifan will stay put, because TVD writers have been way too catfish-crazy IMO.
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I actually really enjoyed this episode. I agree that most of the season has been slow with only a few stand out episodes-such as team Elena & Rebekah- most of it seems to have been filler, although why I don't know. This episode reminds us of all the time we as fans have invested in the show. I absolutely love Stefan & Lexi and I'm pretty sure that Lexi is about the only woman that can tell Damon what to do and he actually pays attention-apart from killing her- I like the new take on Jeremy, he's been getting stronger throughout the season, but I have to admit, the hunter thing annoyed me, mainly because, he didn't NEED to be a supernatural, he was fine as he was, but then I guess Matt forfills that role. However the last few episodes he's been strong and commanding. As for Bonnie, I liked her for the first few episodes, then really really didn't, but it seemed she lost a lot of her likeableness after her & Jeremy ended. Then she just got taken further and further away from the group, but this episode tied her back in beautifully, she did everything in the last episode FOR her friends, as opposed to something for herself, then even bought Jeremy back at the cost of her own life, because she knew Elena needed him. When they kissed, you finally saw her character breathe out, like the tough facade was gone. I love Rebekah and Matt and I really think it's a shame her character is leaving because their story arc could be beautiful. I hate to say this, but I am actually now a Delena fan, I never used to be, but now I am, she's far more interesting with him, her love with Stefan, was indeed, an 'epic love', but slow and not much fire. With Damon her character has juice.
As for the Silas thing, I don't hate it too much, because they can't base it around the cure with it being gone, so they have to do something new, I should imagine it will largely be focused on bonnie getting to Ketsiyah-however you spell it!- from the otherside, next season. But agree, stefan as a bad guy is always fun, -I just hope they don't drag it out over the whole season because fans of Stefan wont stay on board that long, especially not after we lost his character to the ripper storyline that went on too long.
I looooove the Katherine bit, but yes it was obvious, I think it will be very interesting to see the dynamic shift between those two. I'd also like to add though, I like most was annoyed by how easily Elena put Katherine down in the last episode & I feel that this episode put it back on balance by seeing Katherine kick the bejesus out of Elena!

I think I've covered everything, my favourite part though, Klaus and Caroline, that was actually a perfect ending, 'I love you and I'll wait til you get fed up of Tyler and realise I'm more of a man ;)', fantastic :)
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See, I've always been Stelena, and now I'm just confused. I'd prefer for her to end up with Stefan, but after this episode it's obvious it's not gonna happen, or if it did it would have to be ridiculous. . . So now I'm just kind of annoyed with the writers and a little less enthusiastic about the show. Not that I hate her with Damon. . . But yeah, I guess I always root for the "epic" love instead of the "angsty" love. :)
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I dont mind elena with damon...i just don't like how it happened. I feel like elena was a COLOSSAL waste of stefan's time. all of that, and then a day later his brother is already sleeping with his ex! i mean really? hopefully they create a even more epic, and more enjoyable love story where things are perfect because he deserves it...i'm all for lexi! :) damon and elena i just expect bad things to happen over and over again.
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I was, I like her with both, it feels more like with Damon she can be a little wilder, which is what she needs to be right now.
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I'm confused by "obvious it's not gonna happen". What's obvious to me is that she's going to bounce between the brothers like a pin ball for as long as this show gets renewed. Did I miss something more definitive than other the other times she's chosen one of them?
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Well, I guess anything's possible, but it really feels like if she switched again, they'd just stop believing she even knows what she's feeling, and it would be really ridiculous! I mean, dumping BOTH of the brothers. . . for the other brother? I feel like they really closed the door on Stefan. I mean, she planned to stay a vampire, but she was willing for him to take the cure and be mortal. If that's not a goodbye, I don't know what is!
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Yeah, it's felt ridiculous and like she doesn't know what she's feeling for at least 2 seasons now.
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I think she'll remain a pin ball as well. But, right now, I'm okay with that. Because of the Stelena-thing I got going on ;-)
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If they can find a way to do it that's even mildly believable, I'm for it. :)
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Another Klaroline-lover, nice! I also thought it was a wonderful moment to swoon a little when he told her that he would wait for her. It was just... Gah! Jumz ^^
How come you've shippered over to Delena though? I used to be Delena, now I'm Stelena :') I recently saw all the episodes again, starting from season 1, back-up-back in like 2 weeks. And seeing the Stelena-romance evolve in fast-forward (and not having to wait a week for each development) I just really like them together. They're a perfect fit I think. Elena is so compassionate and Stefan cares for her without suffocating her or without pushing her in any way. Damon is selfish. Love is not love when you aren't allowed to make your own choices and he pushes her so very often, it's despicable! Hehe, sorry, didn't mean to dish on your Delena-fantasies, but there it is ;-)
Totally agree with you on Bonnie having redeemed her character with this last episode, I'm also very happy Jeremy's back and wish Matt & Rebekah would get some more screen time together. I've finally warmed up to them and then...
Though I stand by my first comment: please come back Tyler, become a jerk, break up with Caroline and let her run off to Klaus. Thank you!
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Indeed! I think it was very gentlemanly of him, it's hard to hate his horridness when he does things like that.
It took a while, I hated her with Damon, but I like Stefan WITHOUT Elena, I think it's more that element that made it for me, with her, he was great, but without her, it's opened up his character to the Caroline friendship and just generally being 'more'. I would love to see them back together but I think they spent a lot of time on their storyline, I think her being with Damon atm, where they are honest with each other and can be a little sporadic is a good direction. I think they'll find their way back to Stelena eventually. For now, I like the switches and changes, it's keeping it fresh.
I agree on Matt & Rebekah but I like that they didn't rush a romance through before she leaves to suit the fans, it was much better done this way. Yes, I loved Tyler & Caroline but she's so much more suited to Klaus :)
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Tyler and Caroline were great when they were friends resisting an attraction because of the vampire/werewolf boundary. I use to like them, but once they got together, it spiralled. Unlike Stelena who you saw having heartfelt convos and just spending time together, Forwood was about sex and nothing else. Remember when they met for lunch at the Grill as friends? They never did that again. Tyler always seemed more into Caroline than she was with him. She wouldn't even spend the night with him even when Tyler insisted. Even after Tyler rescued her from her father, she still didn't seem like she was all in. The first time Tyler said I love you, I don't think she really responded. I need to watch season 3 again, but I'm pretty sure Caroline wasn't all gun ho, I love Tyler, he's the one, until he went off to break the sire bond. That's also around the time Klaus started showing his interest. What a coincidence! The lady doth protests too much, me thinks lol
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I totally agree with you there! In season 2 they were really great. There was leftover Matt-bagage, but secretly you were already rooting for Tyler! They were really great friends and I loved how Caroline put herself at risk to try and help him come to terms with who he was. Season 3 was just, like you said, about sex. And it only got to be important when Klaus started showing interest. Which is why Klaroline WILL happen! It has to! I will never give up on it. Right?
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I've gotta say: Stefan is indeed more interesting without Elena. But I chalk it up to character development and the next time Stelena happens, Stefan won't lose that development, I hope. Stefan and Elena were never really friends. They were an epic romance almost immediately. So I think it could be nice if they find some common friendship ground first and then become lovers once more. That would be epic :-)
Is there even an abbreviated version of Tyler & Caroline? You've got Stelena, Delena, Klaroline... But Tyler & Caroline are so not interesting enough (okay, yeah, they were, I remember season 2 and how she was there for him and it was brilliant!) to have their own word, right? Klaroline will happen! One day. Eventually. Hopefully :-)
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I think Tyler and Caroline are known as Forwood? I don't know it's been so long. And it's weird that it's their last names. Anyway, no one needs to care about Forwood when Klaroline is end game :)
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Bringing back the ghosts only to rip open old scars, I love seeing Lexi and Alaric, But no wonder the people in Mystic Falls are so tortured. It's not hard enough that their family and friends die, they also live in perpetual loneliness and they're allowed back only to disappear at random. I'm in two minds. I love seeing them back but then again it's becoming a cheap trick.
Also- do hearts beat when people die? Cause in that group hug everyone was pretty close. Stefan, Elena, Caroline? Did nobody hear that Bonnie didn't have a heart beat? Clearly I'm not the only one that doesn't care about Bonnie too much.
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one of their best episodes to date. like you said, jam-packed but they pulled it off. awesome, can't wait for the next season- and The Originals!
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Okay let me just say I saw the Katherine thing coming from a mile away! That was actually my guess from the very beginning that Katherine would end up taking the cure someway. I loved this episode. It was fast paced and kept my attention, one second I was happy for Elena and Damon, the next I was upset for Stefan. The only thing I'm a little unsure about is the Stefan-Silas thing. Not a big fan of that one but it did bring on some interesting theories in my head for Tatia.... I know, I know everyone's like 'no, not another Petrova!' but I have this clear image in my head about Tatia and if they do her character justice, I think she'll be better than Elena and Katherine (well Elena's not that much of a feat because everyone hates her but everyone loves Katherine!) I also love that Jeremy is back and people are saying that it completely halts all progress with Elena but I don't think it does. Elena already went through everything, she's already got that experience she's already changed. Jeremy back isn't going to change what she's learned. To be quite honest, I kind of thought he might be coming back. He died way too suddenly. Loved Alaric coming back. Loved The Rebekah-Matt scenario, Loved that Klaus came back, holy hell I love Joseph Morgan! But I don't like Caroline and Klaus together but I like him and Caroline together better than him and Hayley. Loved that Lexi was back. But how is Katherine a better fighter than Elena when Elena was trained by fricking Alaric? Come on, even with a good couple hundred years on her, Elena's gotta beat her ass. I don't know maybe Katherine got her hands dirty and actually learned some self defense. Overall I loved it. I wish people would stop digging so deep into things and just enjoy the show for what it is.
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Congrats on your spot on psychic skills! Katherine taking the cure? I for one did NOT see that coming!
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Klaroline !

'nough said
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The finale had plenty of great moments, but wow, what a stupid cliffhanger! Is Silas supposed to be the new Klaus or something? I miss when this show used to kill off the Big Bad in the finale, but now the writers just go on and on with it. At least someone FINALLY digested the cure -- Human Katherine won't be as fun, but after reading Andy's review, I appreciate the symmetry with last year. Seriously, though, once the episode ended, I actually shouted "That's it?!" I guess it's impossible to top the shocking moment of Elena transitioning into a vampire.

I never thought I'd be excited to see Klaus, but damn, his entrance into this episode was perfect. That was definitely my favorite part. Alaric + Damon scenes are always a highlight. Jeremy officially coming back is kind of pointless after everything Elena went through. I think TVD jerked us around with Tyler so much this season that a lot of people probably won't even care about his return either. It was nice to see Rebekah finally happy at the end with Matt (even though it'll be short-lived with her moving onto the spin-off). I've had just about enough of the Elena-Damon-Stefan triangle, but I guess it's good for Damon to truly be on the receiving end of love for once. I did like the scene where Stefan decided to be the bigger man by admitting that he was happy for his brother.

Also, I was just thinking... what happened to April? Last time we saw her (probably in January), she said that she knew all about the supernatural things going on in Mystic Falls. I know the fans pretty much hate her, but did the writers stop caring too?
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lol April. Actually, no, it's not funny. She's really a sad excuse for a character.
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When has this show killed off it's big bads?
Season 1 it was just random town people killing vamps, the one who set it up was John which was alive and well and Katherine showed up for the last sec

Season 2 the big bad was obviously Clause and he is still alive and kicking

Season 3 is what? Alaric? Doesn't seem like much of a big bad. None of the originals (except Finn) beat the dust

Season 4 - Silas is alive and well

So which big bads were killed?
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You must be a super fan to remember all that stuff. I was probably thinking of every other show that starts anew each season, but TVD seems to love having their villains overstay their welcomes.
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Klaus will always will be welcome! :)
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I couldn't help but scream... Silas you did not just give Stefan the Angel treatment. How rude!
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Katherine human again, know what that means? Klaus can make hybrids again! [groan] I guess it's unlucky for him he's just relocated to New Orleans and probably won't even find out about it... Which is also lucky for Katherine cos I'd assume she has better things to do than to be a living blood bag for the rest of her life.
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Or maybe I've just worked out the plot they'll use to bring back the Originals if their spin-off gets cancelled.
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Or most likely, that would be the excuse on why nobody can kill Katherine next season. Clause will say "hands off her" and they'll just let her do whatever she wants.
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Good thinking! Or maybe it opens up a plot for the originals where klaus can create hybrids to create an army to overthrow his protege, Marcel, in the battle for reigning king of New Orleans.
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Haha maybe the hybrids get a little less pathetic in season 5
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the hybrids were so pathetic,... no wonder Klaus just got tired of that plan,...
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I liked the end a little but I like damon and elena together, I like now that katherina going to be interesting and klaus human like me not to go in the series klaus and caroline love. live bonnie jeremy best taste I die, matt and cardigan rare but they deserve to be together.

I hope you do not delay with the fifth season.
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