The Vampire Diaries Review: Dopplegang-HIM?!?

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Note to Sheriff Forbes: Can we get better protection around the water sources of Mystic Falls? They are causing major problems for some of your daughter's best friends.

First, Elena plunges off a bridge and into eternity as a member of the undead on last year's season finale.

Now, in "Graduation," Stefan is locked inside a safe and pushed into what appears to be an impenetrably soggy grave because Silas reveals his true self to be the doppleganger of this Salvatore brother, the shadow self created because nature needed a balance to the witch who created an immortal curse.

Allow me to repeat that again, using the capital letters it calls for: STEFAN IS SILAS' DOPPLEGANGER!!!!!

Holy game-changing cliffhanger, Julie Plec. You have most definitely done it again.

Caroline at Graduation

Until the wholly unexpected concluding scene, The Vampire Diaries Season 4 finale centered more on matters of the heart than matters of the Holy $hit Did That Really Happen?!?. Consider all the romantic scenes and developments:

  • Rebekah saved Matt's life and the pair ran away together. Drove away together? Flew around the globe together with Rebekah using her vampire-like speed and carrying Matt on her back?

Travel arrangements aside, this was a well-deserved trip for both parties. Matt has clearly saved up some vacation time from The Grill and the past few weeks have done an admirable job of softening Rebekah and proving she really can be "good." Of course, we all know The Originals is coming (Tuesday nights this fall!) and Mebekah's future doesn't appear especially bright. But a summer fling with an Aussie-accented blonde? Things could be worse, Matt Donovan.

  • Bonnie brought Jeremy back to life and said goodbye for good. (Possibly? That didn't feel like a proper farewell. I fear Bon Bon is not Gone Gone.)

Okay, I'll make it quick: this was incredibly dumb. Bonnie's use of random, all-powerful spells to fix situations has been a source of frustration - and occasional humor on The Vampire Diaries Round Table - for many seasons. But this was a magical step too far. She simply did a spell? And that's it? Jeremy is now alive? Very lame. No other way to put it.

  • Klaus granted Tyler his freedom and delivered the line of the night to Caroline: He's your first love. I intend to be your last. However long it takes. Damn. That guy is good at a lot more than using graduation caps as a weapon.

This was a perfect scene all around. It left the Klaroline door open just the tiniest crack, while making us wonder how Caroline will react when Tyler next walks through her bedroom door. Seriously, is it possible for Candice Accola to just be on both shows this fall? Running really fast between New Orleans and Mystic Falls? She and Joseph Morgan are terrific together. And think of all the parties Caroline could throw in The Big Easy!

  • Elena chose Damon. Again. For real this time. It was the only real solution to the triangle, as many viewers would have tuned out for good if she somehow went back to Stefan. And simply choosing herself? Kelly Taylor beat her to that years ago.

Season 4 did a mostly solid job of shoving the Who Will Elena Choose? question to the sidelines (that's what happens when you lose your humanity and go around killing waitresses), but the end result was that it made her decision here seem so anti-climactic. We all knew full-throttle Delena would happen at some point, so let's just hope it now sticks... and we never hear the words "sire bond" ever again.

(Must we even discuss The Cure? A storyline that never really went anywhere and never made a great deal of sense ended with essentially a side character being forced to take it. Is anyone counting down the days until October because they care about Katherine as a human? I didn't think so).

So, yes, a lot of sentiment and not a great deal of shock for about 58 minutes tonight. Until that conclusion. Until the scene that absolutely no one could have seen coming and which opens up a never-ending number of possibilities. But they all go back to Paul Wesley getting to revisit his Ripper roots in some way, which is a treat for both the actor and every viewer.

There's no way the real Stefan is actually dead... right? Will Silas now integrate himself into the group and try to pass himself off as Stefan? To what end? That's actually the only real cliffhanger we have heading into The Vampire Diaries Season 5, the only thread really left dangling, aside from how The Grill will possibly function without Matt.

But it's a doozy! I now turn it over to you, TVD Fanatics, and ask for your take on the crazy twist and on Season 4 as a while. How would you grade it?


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You guys did a great job. Make more we love it. How do we get to watch the season 4 and 5 on Netflix?


Ok where do I start, I love Damon yes but because it's played by Ian Somerhalder who I think is beautiful in every aspect physically and emotionally, that aside this show was supposed to be about Elena & Stefan epic love story, Stefan has proven his love for Elena over and over again, he lets her make her own decisions even when he knew he could lose her, how can anyone say Damon deserves Elena and be happy that "he got the girl" when all he ever did was make the wrong choices since day one, he only started going after Elena to piss Stefan off, number two; he wasn't able to resist compulsion from KOL but Stefan was able to resist compulsion from KLAUS which is 100 times worse, also unlike Stefan who was happy for Damon at the end of season 4 even though he was heart broken, do you guys remember what happened when the roles were reversed? Damon snapped Jeremy's neck, luckily he was wearing the ring n came back to life but seriously? Also Damon took advantage of when Stefan was the ripper to get closer to Elena even though the only reason Stefan became a ripper was to save Damon from the werewolf bite! Oh yeah let's not forget than when Elena became a vampire she was not able to digest anything other than Damon's blood because of the sire bond which means their love was based and started as a lie, Damon is everything Elena doesn't want in a guy, he's not compassionate he kills and enjoys it, he likes to embrace being a vampire and has made Elena make the worst choi es like killing people in NYC I mean seriously? Oh yeah let's not forget tht Damon also killed one of my fav characters Lexi, who happened to be Stefan's best friend! AND he try to kill freakin Caroline! I mean do I need to keep going? On the the reasons why Damon and Elena shouldn't be end game, people its a show everyone loves Nina n Ian! So stop confusing real life with fiction! It makes you guys biased!


well!as usual am speachless, but i dnt tynk silas can really pass as stefan how is it gonna do it? Oj my God vamp elena witout her humanity nd demian fits 2geda but shes 4stefan,deres no doubt abt dat! Almighty klaus nd my lovly blond well lets see wat dat will do 2 ty?all in all,cnt wait 4 season5


I really really REALLY hope the real Stefan isn't dead. That would just ruin the whole series, Stefan can't be some crazy murderous doppleganger for the rest of the show! And it broke my heart to see Stefan upset when Elena chose Damon. But that's the beauty of this show. Having the viewers go back and forth between Stefan and Damon and who they want to root for with Elena. I'm sure even though she's with Damon now, eventually Stelena will reunite as well.


You're all silly. A show such as vampire Diaries needs a bit of magic and that one part is Bonnie Bennett. The season 1 of this show was incredibly boring and i would'nt even had seen other seasons but for Bonnie and to see that girl that went through so much horn her magic. It hurts that she died and it hurts more that you want her to stay dead. She needs to come back to life. And Klaus, i hate him but i want him in the show cos he warms it up.


the season4 finale is very heartbreaking for stefan.When she heard the person he loves chooses his own brother over him.I was shocked when he turned out to be a silas dopleganger.nah...i really miss stefan and elena being together..


Can't wait 4 season 5


I like Stefan & elena together..I was sad when he didn't get her bk :(...I didn't think there was more then one Doppler ganger that surprised me.


I really want to watch Dalaric and Damon takethe cure because they´re the best of the show i love them


I am not a fan of Damon and Elena, (I know that I am probably the only one) so that decision wasn't very satisfying for me. The main part of the episode was Klaus's comment about being the last love. I really would love to see them together and if Caroline wound up on The Originals, I wouldn't complain. The only other interesting element to this episode was Stefan. That was a surprise and I love a good storyline regarding Stefan.
I am disappointed that Katherine got the cure. I really wish it had been one of the 3 main characters.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 23 Quotes

He's your first love. I intend to be your last. However long it takes.

Klaus [to Caroline]

It's the Grill. Must be Matt.