How many times since last Thursday have you heard the word "epic" in regards to The Vampire Diaries Finale'?
If your answer is "a ton" then that totally makes sense because it was an incredible episode.
It's no secret that I've been wildly disappointed this season, but I've also stuck by my show no matter how infuriated I became. I threatened to let it record on the DVR for several weeks and not watch it until I had a nice little TVD collection to watch all at once, but I could never do it. Every week, I parked myself in front of my TV and ignored everyone in my house until my show was over. And each week, I think I became a little more frustrated.
And then there was episode 22 when Elena's human emotions came flooding back. That's when I finally let go of that big breath I'd been holding. Julie Plec was starting to win me back over again.
Don't get me wrong, Evilena was amazing and Nina Dobrev deserves all the acting awards, but I just wanted some version of Elena back that could function as a vampire and not only survive, but thrive. I didn't want vulnerable, damsel-in-distress human Elena that always had to rely on the Salvatore brothers to save her and I didn't want Elena The Bitchpire either. Where was the balance?
When Damon snapped Matt's neck in episode 22 I thought, "Oh no, oh no, oh no!" and I almost cried. And I was mad at Damon! My precious Damon, who I love and adore - I was pissed at him. But then we saw the ring and knew Matt would be fine and once again, I just wanted to lick the TV screen every time Damon's face appeared on it.
Elena was back. She was a mess, but she was back and that meant that we were closer to finding out whether her heart belonged to Stefan or Damon or no one. I don't really want to talk about the Stelena Vs. Delena debate because it's been rehashed so many times that there's nothing more one can say on the subject that hasn't already been argued. All I'll say is that I'm thrilled about her choice. They fought so hard to get to one another and I think it was well earned and deserved for each of them.
However, that does not mean I didn't feel incredibly bad for Stefan.
What happened to him in the finale' was just unbelievable and totally unexpected. That was the part that had me wanting me cry more than anything.
Here is sweet, pure, noble Stefan who not only lost the "love of his life" but his best friend, Lexi (again) in one night AND finds out he's Silas' doppleganger. AND gets locked up and pushed into the river for Silas to take his place. Also, he's the only one aside from Jeremy who knows Bonnie's dead & that Silas is back.
Side note: How in the HELL did Bonnie not think about her spell being undone when she died? She's a witch and she knows how these things work! That being said, how come EVERY spell she did while human wasn't broken? How can she do magic from the other side that will hold? How could she do a spell that would bring Jeremy back to life and hold even after she was dead, but not one that would hold Silas after her death? The lack of continuity in that part of the storytelling is killing me!!
I'm anxious to see how long Silas pretends to be Stefan before he goes all psychotic. And when he does inevitably start killing and draining people's blood, how long are they going to suspect that it's just Stefan going off the rails to Ripperville again before they realize that something is not right? That it isn't just normal Stefan falling off the wagon stuff and more like evil OMG-Silas-Is-Back stuff??
I'm willing to bet that it'll be Damon who realizes it first. He's always been the first one to pick up on things (i.e. the smart one) and he's always been the one with the best plans. They usually involve killing someone, but hey - they work. And that's what gives Damon dimension. He's not just all good or all bad and he owns it. More importantly, he gets the job done.
How many are theorizing that the reason Stefan has so much trouble controlling himself on human blood is because his shadow self (or real self?) was starving for it? I'm anxious to see if that's true as well.
There are, however, some things I'm confused about with the finale' other than my previous rant about Bonnie's fickle magical abilities.
They brought the veil down and brought all these supernatural people back from the other side for two (or one and a half) episodes only to put it right back up with a neat little bow. And I guess it wasn't really a "neat" bow because Bonnie died bringing Jeremy back, but I've been waiting 3 seasons for Bonnie to die and even though she finally kicked it, she's still going to be a series regular so her death means nothing to me. Sorry. :/ That being said - they tied up the veil thing a little neater than I expected.
Silas is the new big bad again, but I feel like there's more to this whole "other side" thing. I'm not totally sold on the idea that they brought all these characters back as a means to an end and left it at that. I feel like there's more story to be told there and if Bonnie can do magic from the other side, surely she'll have some witchy-juju part to play next season. Does this mean she'll still be the magical loop hole out of every story-trap the writers put themselves in? I sincerely hope not.
I love this show and I think the writers, overall, do an excellent job of telling the story, but they've let some things fall through the cracks that I would have thought would be kind of obvious. Don't get me wrong, I know they're so close to the show that they can't possibly catch everything and an argument for holes could still be made no matter how concise they are, but this idea that rules only apply to the things they want them to apply to just bugs me. If Bonnie's spells cease to exist when she does then in all actuality, Jeremy should have stayed dead because she's the one who brought him back when he was shot in season 2. If all her spells are tied to her then every bit of magic she did while living would die with her; not just the ones that are convenient. - i.e - Silas.
I think it makes more sense to say that once the magic is done, it's done. Whether the witch who did it dies or not, the magic is there existing on earth and permeating the air. Once it's out there, it's totally separate from the witch that created it. That's how it's been with every other witch we've ever seen on the show. When Klaus' witch, Gretta, was killed doing the spell to bring out Klaus' werewolf side, everything she did didn't suddenly reverse - he was able to complete the spell without her.
So I'm hoping that next season they'll throw us some curve ball by saying another witch undid the spell or something. Little things like that fester on my brain and bother me lol…
All in all though, I was very happy with the finale'. Seeing Alaric and Lexi again was wonderful. Kol was as cute as ever and Klaroline was fantastic! I'm now officially sailing on that ship. I was reluctant, but what can you do when one says, "I know Tyler is your first love. I intend to be your last, however long it takes." Kind of irresistible. I'm glad that Matt is giving Rebekah the opportunity to get him out of Mystic Falls. It's probably much safer for the human population to just vacate that whole state. Even though he said he wants to keep his love life a low-vampire zone, I still see some hope for Mabekah. :)
I can see a lot of great things happening in season 5. If they can keep their continuity straight I have a lot of hope that next season will be the best one yet! Now, if only it started this Thursday….