After this game-changing fourth season finale, nothing — and no one — is ever going to be the same in Mystic Falls.
Before I start talking about the May 16 season finale of The Vampire Diaries, I need to offer this disclaimer: I’m just as confused as the rest of you, as the final two minutes of this episode blew my mind into tiny little pieces. Yes, Elena (Nina Dobrev) chose between the brothers, someone got the cure — but there was another twist waiting in the wings that I never saw coming…
Stefan Is A Doppelganger?!
Yeah, you read that right. With Silas turned to stone, Stefan (Paul Wesley) took his body to the lake, intending to bury him at sea for good. But that’s when Silas revealed that, not only is he very much alive, but his true form is actually Stefan! Apparently Silas is the one who created the immortality spell in the first place, but his master plan required a “shadow self” that could die in his place.
That’s when Silas, now looking like a red-eyed Stefan, referred to Stefan as his “shadow self,” and proceeded to dump him in the lake! So… is Stefan dead? What kind of hell will the ‘real’ Stefan unleash on Mystic Falls next season? And how many doppelgangers can one small Virginia town hold?! [Editor’s note: I originally wrote “Pennsylvania” because I’ve been watching way too much Pretty Little Liars.]
Damn you, Julie Plec, you evil genius! Damn you!
Katherine ‘Takes’ The Cure
Katherine may have been bugging Bonnie (Kat Graham) for immortality all week, but in the end, it was Elena who held her doppelganger’s fate in her hands. An epic cat fight — or should I say Kat fight — in the halls of Mystic Falls High School ended with Elena shoving the drink down Katherine’s bitchy throat.
“Have a nice human life, Katherine,” Elena said — like a boss.
While Katherine wasn’t the person I thought would take the cure — I really thought it would be one of the brothers — I think she was the perfect choice. She’s been miserable for a long time, and I can’t wait to see how she handles life as a human next season.
Elena Chooses Damon
We all knew Elena was going to choose — for the millionth time — between Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan, but I don’t think any of us could have predicted just how epic her choice was going to be. Despite Stefan saying that Elena is “the love of [his] life,” his doppelganger ex chose his brooding brother! (My, how things have changed in a year!)
Damon told Elena he didn’t want to take the cure because he didn’t want to grow old and die while she remained beautiful and immortal, which prompted her to confess her love for him!
Cue the tears, cue the swelling music, cue the big romantic kiss in front of the fireplace.
Stefan was pretty bummed to overhear all of this — curse that super-vampire hearing! — but at least he temporarily had his BFF Lexi (Arielle Kebbel) on hand to console him. Strangely, though, Stefan actually congratulated Damon. “I’m not happy about Elena,” he said. “But I’m not not happy for you.”
It was kind of a beautiful moment.
Oh My God, ‘Mattbekah’
But you know who I am happy for? Matt (Zach Roerig) and Rebekah (Claire Holt)! The entire episode was a total payoff for fans who have eagerly awaited the couple’s eventual hookup. Not only did we get a huge kiss between them in the parking lot, but there was even talk of wedding bells!
And while it’s obviously way too soon for Matt and Rebekah to even consider marriage, I’m just glad they finally admitted their feelings for one another. I’m not sure what kind of a future they have together — she is heading over to The Originals, after all — but at least they can enjoy a romantic summer of travel.
(Please send pics!)
Bonnie’s Final Act
Though a small part of me really thought Bonnie would find a way to avoid dying for real this week, I was wrong. She graduated with her friends, then “graduated” to the other side… but not with Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) by her side! No, it turns out her resurrection spell totally worked, and now Li’l Gilbert gets to remain in the land of the living.
Real talk: The explanation behind Bonnie and Jeremy’s little switcheroo was pretty thin — if anyone can explain it to me, I’ll buy you an entire Taco Bell franchise — but I don’t really care. I’m just happy to have Jeremy back! And while I like Bonnie as a character, I feel like her death has been a long time coming.
Rest in pieces, lady. You deserve your rest.
‘Klaroline’s Final Moment — For Now
OK, now let’s talk about the real finale reunion: Caroline (Candice Accola) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan)! From the moment Klaus used a graduation cap to behead that crazy witch, I knew we were in for a romantic ride — and boy, were we ever.
Under the light of the moon, “Klaroline” came together one last time — until she inevitably crosses over to The Originals, of course — and Klaus said the most romantic thing I think anyone has ever said on this show:
“Tyler is now free to return to Mystic Falls. … He’s your first love; I intend to be your last.”
Klaus is so not done fighting for Caroline, but in the meantime, I’m super-excited to see Tyler (Michael Trevino) back in town!
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the Vampire Diaries finale? Are you glad Elena chose Damon? Was Katherine the right vampire to get the cure? And, seriously, what the hell is going on with Stefan? Drop a comment with your review of the episode, and your predictions for season five. It’s going to be CRA-ZY!
— Andy Swift