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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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"a version of me that could die" that what silas says , it is that mean if stefan die silas will die too?? maybe that why silas throw him in the water to no one can find him and kill him!! i still rewatch and process the episode

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the writers made some weird (bad) choices... I'll see how season 5 goes. I could care less about Katherine. I wanna see How Silas/Stefan will fool everybody. Also, I want to see Delena's evolution. Basically how want to see how the writers will solve all the questions raised previously.

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He finally had the chance to live for himself ! Which brings me to my next point .
Elena chose Damon !!!! I was soooooooo overjoyed ! Like FINALLY !!! He got the girl ! Will it work out, we'll see. But it was pretty pbvious that they were gonna end up together. The way she acted around him...
Graduation day. I really thought there was gonna be a battle : misleading beginning ! But damn Klaus got me, death by graduation cap, PRICELESS ! His speech to Caroline, just loved it. I'm trying REALLY hard not to hope for any Klaroline, but it's hard.
Bonnie, I was ready to say bye bye ! But nope, she'll still be around ! What's the point? No one except Jer is going to see her !
I LOVED Matt and Rebekah ! Their scenes were great. I am happy that Matt will finally get out of MF, see the world. Bonus point : with a certain Original blonde vampire girl.
Alaric and Lexi...the way they just vanished was so sad... I'll miss them.
Overall in my opinion, the episode was great. BUT the writers made some weird (bad) choices...

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Well I needed time to digest ! Watched it twice and I still loved it. Though my experience the 2nd time was different. I understand some comments.
Jeremy sould have stayed dead. I was really sad, but then got over it. Had it been Alaric, it would have made sense. Jer on the other end, not much. What are they gonna do with him ? Like someone mentionned, how are they gonna explain his "return" ?
The Cure... WHAT A WASTE !!!! So much time spent on this to end up giving it to Katherine !! SERIOUSLY ??? She's just gonna end up begging someone to turn her again. Especially when Klaus gets the news that she's human again ! Yay, doppleganger's blood = more hybrids !
Speaking of doppleganger, the ending ! 1st time, left me speechless . All I could say was WOW. Then I was like, okay another one ?! I was really looking forward to the whole Silas chapter to be OVER. Well, nope, back in season 5, as Stefan. Unbelievable ! The guy can't catch a breath ! He finally had the chance to live for himself ! Which brings me to my next point .
Elena chose Damon !!!! I was soooooooo overjoyed ! Like FINALLY !!! He got the girl ! Will it work out, we'll see. But it was pretty pbvious that they were gonna end up together. The way she acted around him...
Graduation day. I really thought there was gonna be a battle : misleading beginning ! But damn Klaus got me, death by graduation cap, PRICELESS ! His speech to Caroline, just loved it. I'm trying REALLY hard not to hope for any Klaroline, but it's hard.
Bonnie, I was ready to say bye bye ! But nope, she'll still be around ! What's the point? No one except Jer is going to see her !
I LOVED Matt and Rebekah ! Their scenes were great. I am happy that Matt will finally get out of MF, see the world. Bonus point : with a certain Original blonde vampire girl.
Alaric and Lexi...the way they just vanished was so sad... I'll miss them.
Overall in my opinion, the episode was great. BUT the writers made some weird (bad) choices...

Leon alexis

WOW!Now what's wrong?

Jtl

Someone call Joss Wehdon and tell him ask for his season 3 of Angel finale back! Lol

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Lol Taylor Launter makes a guest appearance and whatever happened to April? Guess she really did serve no purpose. I am done with this show as i will not be returning for Season 5

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I haven't watched this show in months but tuned in to watch the finale. I have always disliked Bonnie as a character so hearing she was dead made me want to start watching again, but then I realized no doubt she will come back because TVD can't keep their dead characters dead. Honestly now when a character dies it's so anti-climatic, because I know they'll come back as a ghost. Anyway, was glad to see Elena make a choice (never want to hear the word sire bond again) but Plec on twitter said the triangle will never end so, I wouldn't take her making a choice too seriously. If Plec knew what was good she'd end the triangle and focus on other aspects of the show, but oh well. I don't know how TVD will do once The Originals premieres, because things like Klaroline are big aspects of TVD.

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waw!!!! it's realy an epic finale i liked every thing about it specially Damon and Elena .And i loved the thing between matt and rebeca i think they are an amazing couple . i cant wait to see kathren face when she knows that she becoming human and i think klaus will be happy about that too because now there is a human double gainer which means he can make more hybrids . But the last scene is realy sad, poor stevan he not just lost his love but also he lock up in middle of nowhere.

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Seriously?! Why haven't stefan and Elena gotten back together?! We are all supposed to believe that you just flat out of love with your true love that quickly for someone else? No! The best thing about this show when it started was Elena and stefans bond and love for each other. Then she got sired so they could please all the people wanting to see her with Damon. Well there you saw it. Now go back to how it's supposed to be. You don't fall out of love with someone just like that. No matter who you are!

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.

Elena