‘The Vampire Diaries’ came to an emotional end on March 10 with the return of some faces we really missed — and the death of someone we love.
The finale of The Vampire Diaries picked up right where the penultimate left off: Bonnie wasn’t waking up. That is until she saw Elena on the bed. They had an adorable reunion, for a moment, and Bonnie admitted she was ready to be dead. But Enzo knew she wasn’t — so he sent her back. It was all very Keith/Karen-esque.
Meanwhile, Vicki was instructed by Katherine to ring the bell every five minutes until Mystic Falls burned at 10PM — in exchange, she was freed from Hell. So Matt had Mystic Falls evacuated.
Speaking of Hell, remember that Delena hug we saw in the previews? Well, it was actually Damon and Katherine — yup, she was playing her once again and apparently after all these years, the Salvatore brothers still couldn’t tell the difference. Elena’s body was actually moved and dumped in a boiler room at the high school, all thanks to a spell by Kai.
Caroline promised Alaric she would never put anything or anyone in front of the girls, so she was forced to say goodbye to Stefan: family first, right? He had to choose his brother, too; he knew that there was no way Damon would leave Elena’s body in there to burn alive, but he had to try to convince him to do just that.
Damon was busy bantering with Katherine: he tried to pull the whole “you’re jealous of Elena” thing, but then she let him know that Stefan was the better man — and that Elena would choose Stefan, just like she would.
Bonnie Takes Back Control
Obviously there was one person in town that could break the spell, Bonnie; she figured out a way to destroy Hell, but Katherine had to be in it. Luckily, they had the dagger that continued to kill her (and Damon did it every few minutes), but someone would have to stay there to make sure she was actually dead.
That led to one of the best brother moments we’ve had in eight seasons: both of them wanted to sacrifice themselves — and we all know they’ve both done enough to need it. Ultimately, Stefan seemed to convince Damon… until Damon then remembered Stefan was a human now and compelled him to leave. Before Caroline found out about the compulsion, she actually called Stefan and told him she understood, through a ton of tears.
Bonnie was strong enough to stop it, thanks to Enzo’s support — and GRAMS — and every other Bennett witch that we had met through the series. Yes, she gathered power from them all, and used her magic to save Mystic Falls and destroy Hell.
Remember the compulsion I told you about from Damon? Stefan actually had been taking vervain so he couldn’t be compelled. He went back in and stabbed Damon with his blood, giving him the cure. Yes, he took his own life to save Damon, managed to kill Katherine once and for all, and before officially finding “peace,” he said goodbye to Elena in the in-between. He told her that for the first time in a long time, he met the Damon that was the better man, and that was worth dying for. Then he walked out the door and reunited with his BFF Lexi, telling her he was feeling epic.
Elena’s Alive & Peace Does Exist
Elena was alive, finally, after Bonnie figured out how to break the spell. She immediately went to see Damon, who was saying goodbye to Stefan with Caroline at his grave site. They had the reunion that we all wanted and, even better than that, now Damon was human. Elena let Caroline know that Stefan got her message, and that he’d love her forever, too — something he had whispered in her ear before they parted.
As for where everyone was now, well Matt was running Mystic Falls, maybe even running for mayor. Bonnie was traveling the world with the help of Enzo’s spirit. Bonnie traveled the world just like Enzo wanted her to, and Elena became the nurse she always wanted to be and lived happily ever after with Damon.
We also saw some fan favorites finally return, as everyone got to live out their happy endings. We briefly saw Caroline’s mom, and at the very end, we got to see Elena and Damon finally find their own “peace” in the after life. For Elena, it was a reunion with her parents, Uncle John and Aunt Jenna. For Damon, it was a reunion with Stefan, of course, ending at the Salvatore house and greeting Stefan with “Hello, brother,” just like they start of the series.
Oh and last but not least there was Klaus. He didn’t appear per se, but did pen quite the heartfelt letter to Caroline with a massive donation to the school she started with Alaric and Jeremy. According to Alaric’s diary entry, that’s the “beginning of another story.” Is Caroline heading to NOLA one day? Maybe (we can all hope)!
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