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The Vampire Diaries Season Finale Review: The Choices We Make...

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It was all about choice on the season finale of The Vampire Diaries.

While Damon's fate was never really a question this week - yes, this show kills off more characters than any other on TV, but the odds of Damon dying are lower than Lindsay Lohan turning down a drink - we were left to wonder just how the brooding, sarcastic Salvatore would be saved.

And the answer was an exchange I never saw coming, just one of many choices that highlighted "As I Lay Dying." Let's review them all, along with their consequences...

Damon and Elena Photo

Stefan trades a sibling for a soul. Might as well start with the biggest of them all, right? The series gave us a glimpse into Stefan's dark past on "The Dinner Party," but I never dreamed we'd see that side to him again. Remember his conversation with Elena on that episode?

Elena: He described you as a monster.
Stefan: That's what I was.

And that's what he now is again. It was shocking to see Paul Wesley with blood tricking down his mouth this week, a sight only made more disturbing by the faint smile on Stefan's lips as he embraced the beast that had been bottled up for so long.

A noble act to save his brother? Perhaps. But Katherine pointed out the other side to that seemingly benevolent coin upon delivering the cure to Damon: didn't Stefan also abandon Elena by doing so? And how many innocent lives, starting with that girl Klaus served up, will now die as a result of Stefan's decision?

No matter how much you love Damon, you have to wonder: is his life really worth all that?

Damon chooses to accept his fate. Oh, the cruel irony. Just as Stefan was paying the ultimate price for what he deemed to be his ultimate mistake - turning his brother - Damon was realizing that he has no one to blame but himself for the events in 1864.

He was manipulated by Katherine back then, he made the decision to love her anyway and it was that triangle which sealed his and Stefan's future. An amazing job, as always, by Ian Somerhalder, bringing every painful emotion to the forefront as Damon lay dying.

Elena plants one on Damon. Because he was literally on his death bed? Out of pity? True feelings? Only she knows for sure. Actually, she probably doesn't.

Bonnie decides to save Jeremy. My biggest problem with the show is how it has occasionally used Bonnie's powers as a crutch. There seems to be a spell for every scenario, as we witnessed last week when she suddenly discovered a way to save Elena.

But, wow, it's hard to complain too much when the spell results in such a What-the-Hell-just-happened-and-what-could-it-possibly-mean development as we saw to conclude this finale. Jeremy sees dead people?!? Are Anna and Vicki actually alive again? Are they merely visions? Will they be joined by others?

Caroline's mother accepts her daughter, fangs and all. A nice family moment here, and one that also leaves the door open to storylines on season three. Will Liz now use the power of her position to defend the supernatural beings in Mystic Falls?

A few more observations from an incredible final episode:

  • Jeremy has now died twice. Might he eventually be revealed as a cat? Seven more lives to go, buddy.
  • You've gotta love the spirit in Mystic Falls. The only busier people than the vampires in this town must be the costume shop owners.
  • RIP, Elijah. Probably. We think. As we've seen, it takes A LOT to kill this guy.
  • Will Alaric adopt Elena and Jeremy? There was definitely a fatherly vibe to the way he cared for the latter.

So, the only piece of good news following such a riveting finale? We have plenty of time to discuss it before a new episode airs. Do so now in the Comments section and/or our Vampire Diaries forum!

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I am still believing in Elena and Stefan. It's not because Stefan is gone Elena will stop loving him... Stefan is a monster now because of Klaus. He didn't want this, it was to safe his brother... I live in Belgium and season 3 isn't released yet here , but I think and I hope Elena and Damon can kill Klaus and make Stefan stop being a monster. And yes.... my English is maybe not that good but i'm 13 years old and I got English at school for only 2 years so I'm sorry if there are things false.

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Please, for the love of God, use proper grammar.
"WEWWE" Don't you mean 'I love you Damon?'
"abdulrahim" Yaar, apni angrayzi toh sahi karo. Character ka nam hey "Stefan", "stafen" nahi.
"apolotx112710" Its spelt 'stubborn'.
"Staypuft Overlord" Amen, sister.

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I am confused as to why people are typing on the comments page as if they are texting. Since when did this become an acceptable form of communication? There are unlimited texting plans people! There is no need to shorten: Lyf for life or dat for that. I work at a school and I read a paper that had an LOL at the end of a response to a question. Also, Stefan is a big bore. I wouldn't care if he started killing everyone in sight. He would find some way to do it in the most unexciting fashion. There is absolutely no chemistry between Elena and Stefan. Now Damon and Elena? Could it be because they are dating in real life?

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I am confused as to why people are typing on the comments page as if they are texting. Since when did this become an acceptable form of communication? There are unlimited texting plans people! There is no need to shorten: Lyf for life or dat for that. I work at a school and I read a paper that had an LOL at the end of a response to a question. Also, Stefan is a big bore. I wouldn't care if he started killing everyone in sight. He would find some way to do it in the most unexciting fashion. There is absolutely no chemistry between Elena and Stefan. Now Damon and Elena? Could it be because they are dating in real life?

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I just want to say that if I was Elena I would chose Damon cause he is hot,exciting if you ask me about Stephen I say sweep him Under the rug and forget he ever existed sorry Paul

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Just a thought does anyone else think that at some point next season they are going to revive Elija and the rest of the originals, then team up with them to kill Klaus? Or and i dont think Jermemy is seeing dead people, think they were actully brought back to life by the witches beacause Bonnie said that the witches told her there would be consequences if she brought Jeremy back using magic and because Bonnie is in love with Jeremy they saw that as a fitting punishment for using their powers again.

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damon u are now saved by ur bro what will be ur payment 4 him? am scared cos ur selfish

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im really avid fun of vampire diaries and specially damon.. i like him coz his cool and really stabburn hehehe
but his so cute so plss help me how to watch that here.. im new here

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damn some body help me how to search the finale of vampire diaries?? and how to watch that???plsss help me

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stafen is a flair nd smart person. He love elena so much he's sacrifising his lyf 4 both, i sense dat stafen is playing a magnificent plan 4 both. Anywy anyhw stafen is big on trust.

The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 22 Quotes

I'm the one who made him a vampire in the first place. If there's a cure, I owe it to him to find it.

Stefan

Movie night is supposed to be a distraction. Tomorrow we can return to our regularly scheduled drama.

Elena

The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 22 Music

  Song Artist
Turn to stone Turn to Stone Ingrid Michaelson iTunes
Holding a heart Holding A Heart Girl Named Toby iTunes
Speakers Speakers Days Difference iTunes