'Vampire Diaries' Season Finale Recap: Is Elena Really [Spoiler]?

Thu, May 10, 2012 11:59pm EDT by 286 Comments

I think it’s safe to say things will never be the same in Mystic Falls again. (So much for Elena’s dream of a vampire-free life!)

I believe I have the five words that perfectly sum up every viewer’s reaction to the final moments of The Vampire Diaries‘ third season finale: “Did that really just happen?!” And the answer is “yes, it did.” And it was awesome. Sure Elena (Nina Dobrev) finally made her choice between Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley), but by the time the credits rolled, I didn’t really care anymore.

My mind is now on one thing and one thing only: Elena Gilbert is a vampire. Meredith (Torrey DeVitto) gave her vampire blood, and then she died, and now she’s a freakin’ vampire!

OK, now breathe… and rewind: Like the most effed-up game of high school dodgeball ever, Alaric (Matt Davis) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) created two teams this week, selecting each member individually — but unlike high school dodgeball, no one picked Matt (Zach Roerig). Also breaking the rules of organized sports, Alaric tracked down Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) body and staked him, sending everyone in Mystic Falls into full-fledged panic mode. “We all gonna die!” they thought, which led to so many moments of unspeakable beauty.

Only they didn’t die because, wait for it… Bonnie (Kat Graham) cast a spell to swap Klaus and Tyler’s spirits! But does that mean that Tyler is dead, and Michael Trevino will now play Klaus, meaning Joseph Morgan is off the show for good?! I guess we”ll find out when the show returns in the fall, but for now, I’ll get started on my J-Mo memorial shrine.

And now we can talk about the choice! After three incredibly long, drawn-out seasons, Elena finally decided to go with Stefan. Now grab your tissues, kids, because I obsessively wrote down Elena’s entire consolation speech to Damon — and it’s a doozy:

“I love him, Damon. He came into my life in a time when I needed someone and I fell for him instantly. No matter what I felt for you, I never un-felt for him. … I can’t think about always. All I can think about it right now. And I care about you, Damon, which is why I have to let you go. … Maybe if you and I had met first. You’re going to be fine, you hear me? You’re going to be OK, and I’m going to see you soon.”

Of course, her little speech took on a whole new level of dramatic irony when Damon had a little flashback of his own: It turns out he did meet Elena first! He met her the night she and her parents drove off Wickery Bridge — before they died, of course — only he compelled her to forget because he didn’t want anyone to know he was back in town.

And speaking of the bridge, Elena experienced a little déjà vu this week when she and Matt drove off it to avoid Rebekah. But unlike last time, when her dad told Stefan to save his daughter first, Elena told Stefan to save Matt. I’m not entirely sure why he agreed to do it, but he did, leaving Elena to literally drown to death at the bottom of the lake.

I actually still haven’t decided how I feel about Stefan letting Elena die. Yes, he is a noble gentleman and believes that his lady should be free to make her own choices — but did he really need to let her die?! And couldn’t he have handled pulling two little humans out of a car at once? He’s supposed to have crazy strength, but tonight, he just seemed plain crazy.

Elena’s death meant the end of evil Alaric, but as we all saw, she very quickly returned to the land of the living — as a vampire!

Even though Stefan was obviously this week’s winner, let’s just humor ourselves with a complete breakdown:

  1. Elena hugs Stefan. He smells her hair. He seems to enjoy it quite a bit. (+5 points)
    x
  2. Stefan and Elena kiss “in case there is no later.” I’m not going to lie, it was crazy hot. (+20 points)
    x
  3. Elena tells Matt to drive her “home” to see Stefan. (+10 points)
    xx
  4. Elena straight-up chooses Stefan. (+10,000 points)
    xx
    x
  5. TOTAL: 10,035 points
  1. Damon says he cares more about protecting Elena than having her like him. (+10 points)
    x
  2. “When I’m with him, he consumes me,” Elena tells Matt. (+15 points)x
    x
  3. Elena tells Damon things might have been different if they she had met him before Stefan. (+10 points)
  4. But wait… A flashback reveals she did meet him first! And he gave her a beautiful speech about the kind of love she needs in her life! (+40 points)
    x
  5. TOTAL: 75 points

x

Well, there you have it. Another incredibly epic season finale down the drain, leaving us with a million questions to ponder until the fall: Is Tyler really dead? Is Joseph Morgan off the show for good? And, of course, what the HELL is Elena going to be like as a vampire?! I’m literally beside myself right now, so let’s just hash it all out in the comments section. Now!

— Andy Swift

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precious

Posted at 6:57 AM on June 25, 2012  

elena loves stefan and she also loves damon.she met damon first and he took away her memories if i werev in her shoes i’d choose damon the guy is cute and handsome and also interesting ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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ray

Posted at 7:50 PM on June 22, 2012  

I am seriously upset right now!! what is wrong with Elena? she knows she has strong feelings for Damon but she just hides behind the fact that just because she think she met Stefan first she should be with him. Next season I hope that Damon tells Elena about that night

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Elena

Posted at 4:45 PM on June 22, 2012  

I absolutely think that she should be with damon she diorant
Exactly realize that they met first but he didnt compell her or turn her
Which was right he could have conpeled her to love him but he didnt
But i really think that they would look cuter together

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Milly

Posted at 4:25 PM on June 22, 2012  

OMG, honestly? His name is Stefan, not “Stephan”

Wtf? By the way he’s polish, so he is not the kind of guy you just “meet” in USA.

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Danny

Posted at 4:46 AM on June 21, 2012  

well i think..well idk i mean damon tried to turn her onto a vampire 2!but stefan tried to kill her ,then again he saved her,and now he let her drown but merideth gave her vampire blood and she’s going to remember all the compullsion damon did to her all the “i love u but i don’t deserve u” “my brother deserves u” and “i want u to find everything ur looking for………and u can’t tell anyone i don’t want peopple to know im in town yet”

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bridgie

Posted at 12:07 PM on June 19, 2012  

honestly I get where Stephan fans are coming from. He’s every girl’s dream. He’s dangerous (because he is a vampire) but sweet, soft, and many say he’s understanding, loyal, loving, ect. but he is extreme. with him it’s black and white, no grey’s in-between, things with him at this point in time are exactly what she needs. Safe, boring and predictable. But he puts her on a pedestal, he doesn’t fully understand her and they don’t connect and fuse to make a love beautiful or strong enough to last in this supernatural world. Yes he’s the safer choice but he doesn’t evoke the same emotion in her that Damon does. Their relationship is monotonous but she and Damon have a connection that runs far deeper that the norm. He gets her and although she crushes he’s heart every time he’ll always do what ever he can to save her. Yes they fight, yes their not perfect but their love makes him better and makes her stronger. She gives him purpose and I think that although he does have a temper and he tends to be impulsive it’s those characteristics that make him exactly right for her because they balance each other out. What they have is real, not predictable or safe but real because there will be blood,sweat and tears but thats all worth it in the end because they have each other. Now that is love

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Kaitlyn

Posted at 11:04 PM on June 18, 2012  

I think that Elena should be with Stefan. All the moments I loved during these seasons were with Elena and Stefan. And Stefan DOES let Elena die, but she’s back and that’s all that matters. She even made a speach about being with Stefan. I love Stefan!!

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kjllj

Posted at 7:23 AM on June 16, 2012  

DAMON IS WAYYY BETTER. Like, no comparison.

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Tints mary

Posted at 6:02 AM on June 14, 2012  

Some one please help me with season 3.Am so in love with these vampires.

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Alex

Posted at 4:05 PM on June 13, 2012  

I just don’t know why elena would choose stefan, Damon sexy and always brings out her bravery, 4rm Alex all the way from Nigeria.

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azan

Posted at 5:40 AM on June 11, 2012  

i think i like team delena mo than d other.

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Ash

Posted at 11:35 PM on June 10, 2012  

Yeah and he almost drove her off Wickery Bridge. He is not as good as some make him out to be.

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Janet

Posted at 1:50 PM on June 10, 2012  

Cnt wait to c stefan’s reaction wen he finds out dat damon actually met elena first…..

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kathrne

Posted at 5:28 PM on June 9, 2012  

and if u were elena would u love someone if they kidnape u and almost drove u of a brige tha ur prarents died

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kathrine

Posted at 5:03 PM on June 9, 2012  

we dont now if she will pick damon but i wonder why did damon come bak in the first place because as u all now in the last episode of season 3 damon was there first before stefan. but this is going to be kathrine all over again well elena will be elena but stefan and damon them to are going to be like they were wen kathrine was the one they wanted . and i hope to see more flash bks. and now tha elena will b a vampire she will remeber everything how damon made her forget about meeting him first . i cant wait tho i wonder whoshe will pick :D

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Beanz

Posted at 2:05 PM on June 9, 2012  

she’s going to choose damon. Remember that when someone is changed into a vampire in Vampire Diaries they will remember everytime the were compelled. Elana is going to remember that she met damen first and then choose him over stefan

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perla lopez

Posted at 3:07 PM on June 8, 2012  

OMG i litteraly cant wait for the next season!! im soo glad elena choose stefan,!!

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danerys

Posted at 12:22 AM on June 8, 2012  

Stefan…. Stefan.
Damon is a banger, every girl he see he likes!
Stefan is a gentleman sweet and lovely.

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Aaaaaaa

Posted at 8:34 PM on June 7, 2012  

Delena is best Damon was there when Elena was being rejected by Stefan

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ilikegiraffes

Posted at 5:37 PM on June 6, 2012  

although i love Delena, it was obvious she was going to choose Stefan. “He came during a time when…needed him the most”, therefore she will ALWAYS have feelings for him. however. Damon so clearly has shown Elena how much he cares for her and loves her, plus the fact he met her first; this is going to screw things up. all the selfish/less times Damon admitted to Elena how much he loved her and how much Stefan deserved her and then continued to make her forget; she’s going to remember ALL of that. which will screw up things even more. but, as stated before, Stefan was there for her. Damon was not; he was out terrorizing her friends. so i really don’t think Elena is going to choose any time soon. i honestly think Damon is better for her, since he saves her life every single time that he can. obviously, Stefan just gets her killed. so yeah.

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mz. salvatore

Posted at 2:04 PM on June 5, 2012  

omg thats rite but stefan is more gorgous lol

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HELEN REEVES

Posted at 1:08 AM on June 5, 2012  

I reckon, Elena should be with Damon..Because Damon seems to be the one that saves Elena’s life in most of the scenes unlike Stefan who does’nt do much to save his girls life..

#justsaying :)

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Beanz

Posted at 1:34 PM on June 9, 2012  

Damon is not wanted by Klaus thats why he can save her so much but before Klaus who was doing all the saving

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Beanz

Posted at 2:04 PM on June 9, 2012  

she’s going to choose damon. Remember that when someone is changed into a vampire in Vampire Diaries they will remember everytime the were compelled. Elana is going to remember that she met damen first and then choose him over stefan

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Becca

Posted at 9:41 PM on June 4, 2012  

Damon and Elena are the real deal. I don’t like Stephan much. Damon loves Ekena waaaaay more than Stephan and Damon is just straight up hot!

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zed

Posted at 12:37 PM on June 3, 2012  

i didn’t say anything but i love it

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abdul

Posted at 7:55 AM on May 30, 2012  

Stalena are d best thing happen in series thy are meant for eachoda, dey deserve to be 2gethr always, damon I hpe katherine wil be and klause real body too. Klause caroline, rebecca nd matt, elija tutia, jamie to be death by elena since she’s a vampire so dat jeremy nd bonnie wil b 2gethr priod end story.

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kristina

Posted at 9:14 AM on June 15, 2012  

elena get with damon . then katherine get with stefan.

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