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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@otis I just died lol.... The Other Side too funny


This season and this finale has been dire. Elijah hit the nail on the head when he said the cure was a fool's errand. Katherine will end up getting herself turned again, she's done it before. I'm not going to bother saying what I thought of the rest of it. What I will say is roll on The Originals so I can have more Elijah on my screen, it can't start soon enough because I won't be watching TVD season 5.


fav couple: caroline and Klaus
second fav couple: delena:)
third fav couple: matt and rebekah
im glad stefen is gone/dead/alive/not there. i dont like him very much. i think he should move on.


what just happened... fav scene: caroline and Klaus when he kissed her cheek. I hope they work things out and end up together. i also hope Hayley isnt pregers with his baby so that caroline can live happily with Klaus. and i hope caroline goes to new orleans so that she can be on The Originals show.


Best scene of the ep: the brotherly moment between Stefan and Damon , the not not happy thing i mean.
Best line of the ep: He is your first love. I intend to be the last. Klaus rules!
Best action scene: Klaus decapitates the witch threating Caro and Katherine beats the hell out of Elena.
Ending twist: 10/10 for surprise, but 4/10 in creativeness.
Best ghost ever: Alaric Saltzman.
Jeremy return: indifferent. I cried and mourned him and evidently it was a waste of time.Back as a human,not a hunter right?? Nay. Bored already.
Bonnie: Sad she s gone,but not happy this ghost crap will keep going. RIP Bonnie!
Matt/Rebekah: all kinds of cute etc. but im feeling jealous(and i know its not right to say)becausethat was all the things Klaroline should have already get.
Overall: Not the best finale, but for that mediocre season it was one of the best episodes!


@Otis that would make a great show! A show I would watch! @GG I agree with you 100%. I was soooo hoping Silas storyline would have been ended with the finale. I can't believe they're dragging it onto next season. As much as I hate to say it I won't be surprised if next season is the last season for TVD. Isn't that kind of the reason spin offs happen? I'm super excited for The Originals, I can't wait!!


I feel so bad for Stefan, I almost cried when he over hears Elena choosing Damon. He deserves Elena and she will be a fool not to choose him in the end.


What happen to Jena? Elena's Aunt? She was a vamp when she was killed. She should have made a come back...just sayin.


NOT happy Bonnie is gone! NOT happy that Stefan is NOT going to get to enjoy NOT running behind Elena. Now, how are they going to explain Jeremy coming back from the dead? I like the Rebekah and Matt story...and I reallllly want Caroline and Klaus together. Happy for Damon...he gets the girl for wants but can he keep her? Katherine as human now that maybe funny! Please make Vamp Elena more like Katherine was…just sayin. So, far this ending was not the cliffhanger I am use too from this show. I found it a little boring. Can't wait for the Originals to start because Klaus’s daddy-to-be story seem to be a must watch. All in all I give this ending a C for trying…not the best they have done but not the worse.


Was asking myself the same question. It would, of course, be a handy excuse for the writers to bring Klaus back to MF every now and then. IF Katherine stays there. Does MF even have a college? Or does the entire cast move elsewhere?

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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.