The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Finale: Photo, Synopsis Revealed!

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We know it will be titled "The Departed." We know it will feature a flashback to Elena's car crash and an appearance by a late relative.

What else can fans expect from The Vampire Diaries season 3 finale? A stunned Damon and Rebekah, based on the first photo released from the May 10 episode, along with a life-altering decision by Jeremy.

Check out the picture now, courtesy of TV Guide, followed by the official CW synopsis of "The Departed."

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Finale Photo

Determined to protect his sister, Jeremy makes a decision that will change everything. In the harsh reality of the present situation, Elena longs for simpler times when her parents, Grayson and Miranda, and Aunt Jenna, were still alive and her biggest concern was her relationship with Matt.

Stefan and Damon leave Mystic Falls together on a mission, but soon split up when Elena needs one of them. Caroline and Tyler are forced to make a life-changing decision. Finally, Bonnie makes a secret deal that has heartbreaking consequences.

The Vampire Diaries returns tonight with a new episode. Visit our TVD video section for a look at what's to come on it and then visit TV Fanatic within the hour after it concludes for my detailed review.

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Hmmm... I'm curios about Elena needing one between Damon and Stefan... who do you guys think?? ( so excited )


So completely bored of this show. They should just change the name of the show to the Nina and Ian show. Before the Delena's start with there ever ending bullying. NO I AM NOT STELENA. I just can't take another season of Nina and Ian.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Watching Elena flip out, cry like a lunatic, rave...THAT would be out of character
For a mary sue, sure.
For a human, for a protagonist we are supposed to relate to and understand, no. Human behavior is not out of character for humans. The character has been shown to cry, suffer and mourn...
for all five seconds in the whole 66 episodes of the show so far! Oh wow! And then she returns to a boring triangle of doom like nothing happened, never changing nor growing as character. Because there's no character.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

Oh, and "Elena" totally does react.
really? Show says otherwise. She is a "silently suffering", "noble yet cursed", kind of character.
Show never shows that, not to mention that excuse would work for S1 Elena. After the shit that went down in S2 and S3, her non-reactions pretty much firmly place her into being a mary sue. her character is about being selfless yet always having to do selfish things. About everyone around her getting hurt to protect her, while she tries to protect everyone else Oh so you agree that she is an underdeveloped mary sue? Good.

Kitanishi h mcdonald

TVD is FUN! It's FUN to watch..
When annoying plot inconsistencies outweigh the "fun" then it is no longer fun. Also by that logic "Twilight" is also "fun" to read for those fangirls thus no one should criticize it, right?
Just because its entertainment, does not mean that one ignores quality. If its kitsch, it does not deserve its viewership. the stories are exciting
nope, since masquerade its freaking predictable. Ian Somerhalder is there...
Yes, A serial killer and a serial rapist who abuses women and never gets his comeupance, Damon is surely "great" thing. Maybe he will cry more.


OMG what happened? why Damon and Rebekah are so shocked ? ?
I'm so anxious about this episode and I just cant stop thinking about how am I gonna be able to wait till September for Season 4!!!


Although the idea that Jeremy turns vampire seemed likely at first, on second thought, it's really not all that helpful. Seems like vampires are ridiculously easy to kill on this show. If he does become a vampire, there will be too many magical creatures.
Notably missing from this synopsis is any mention of Klaus.

Allison berry barbieri

@Mrs Alex O'Loughlin: That was my first guess, Jeremy becomes a vamp to protect himself from going evil from the ring and to be in a better position to protect Elena. I'm not sure how I'd feel about Julie Plec for making that decision, everyone in Mystic Falls going to become a Supernatural being at some point?! Is it going to be vampires, witches, dopplegangers and....Matt? My other guess would be to take off the ring permanently but I don't see how that protects Elena. We shall see, I guess!

Allison berry barbieri

Oh, and "Elena" totally does react. She is a "silently suffering", "noble yet cursed", kind of character. Her character is about being selfless yet always having to do selfish things. About everyone around her getting hurt to protect her, while she tries to protect everyone else. It's often done in teen lit, yes (Hunger Games, Twilight), but it's the core of the character. Watching Elena flip out, cry like a lunatic, rave...THAT would be out of character. The character has been shown to cry, suffer and mourn...

Allison berry barbieri

Ugh, Bored Now, please. Do stop watching. It is painful to read your critiques all the time. You are so negative. TVD is FUN! It's FUN to watch..they people are gorgeous, the stories are exciting if not a bit unrealistic (obviously), Ian Somerhalder is there... It's like chocolate cake for your brain...isn't really "good" for you the way CNN is (the carrot sticks of the TV world), but it is soooooo much more delicious!

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.


Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.