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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Leon alexis

Just try to forgive us. Thanks.


Just want to say that I love this show and I don't always want to be comparing it to Buffyverse but the sinking of Stefan in the box is pretty much what Connor did to Angel. But without the psychotic doppelganger of course :)


Does this mean now that Katherine is human that Klaus can make more Hybrids?


It was decent season finale. They keep bringing the ghost world over and over again. They should created a spinoff called The Other Side. A battle of struggle in the ghost world. We can have Matt Davis as the star of show.


I can't believe they are continuing this convoluted Silas storyline; it's easily the worst thing about season 4. I was hoping they would wrap it up in the finale, but at the end they basically assured that he will back, through Stefan. Couldn't they have found something better for Stefan to do? This was a terrible decision from the writers.


Not killing Silas? Seriously, that was the dumbest thing they could do! NO ONE wanted the cure so what was the point in keeping it instead of killing Silas? It just didn't make any sense at all, except the fact the writers don't have to think of another villain for next season! Speaking of writer's laziness: the witch is dead, no we need someone who's able to communicate with ghosts. Because otherwise there's no chance in hell the remaining Mystic Fallers stand a chance against Silas-in-Stefan-form. Giving Katherine the cure? Who is interested in that storyline? Katherine was a wonderful b@tch but as human, she won't be able to survive with that attitude, so she'll be Elena 2.0 sooner or later. And don't get me even started on Klaroline....


This finale had some great moments.
For example Caroline's comment Klaus, this is not the right time to get over me. Or Alaric being a great bamf, e.g. This is my bar. No one's gonna blow it up!. Or Klaus having a fantastic timing. Killing a ghost witch with a graduation cap was definitely one of his coolest actions.
And of course Rebekah finally choosing the good guy!
All in all, it was one of my favourite episodes this season. But it has been a pretty lame and confusing one, so the finale also had some great letdowns imo.

Sarah silva

Someone mentioned it would be interesting if Katherine took the cure and became human. I did not think it would happen but it did, Katherine was going to kill Elena so she had no choice but to feed it to her. Elena has the upper hand now.
Poor Stefan, Silas is his doppelganger or whichever way you look at it, Poor Stefan he started out with Elena, then he became the Ripper again and then lost Elena and when he thought she may choose him now that she has her humanity back she chose Damon and now he sees Silas looks just like him and then he is locked in a safe and tossed into water, I love Stefan and hope he is not dead.


Yes, Tom, thank you! This show has gone to hell this season. So random its become ridiculous. I'm out.

Sarah silva

The last few minutes were insane!
I will get to that later. I will start with what we knew, Jeremy would become alive again and Bonnie would stay dead, that was obvious and would not change.
I have liked Rebekah the last few episodes and I liked her and Matt in this episode, but we know that she will be heading to New Orleans so they had have Matt tell her he can't be with her BUT that would only take place after summer, at least they would have a nice time together.
I loved the Elena, Alaric and Jeremy scene.
I also liked seeing Lexie, how Stefan never new she loved him is beyond me!
I knew Damon was going to get infected by a wolf somehow and that he would need the cure but we all knew Damon would not take it, I was happy when Klaus showed up. I loved the moment he and Caroline shared, he does have a vulnerable side and I like when it comes out.
Someone mentioned it would be a neat twist if Katherine was human but I did not think it would happen, however it did! Katherine was going to kill Elena and that was the only way she saw getting out of the situation.
Then the really shock came SILAS is Stefan's doppelganger or which ever way you want to look at it, poor Stefan he had it good at the start being with Elena, then he was the Ripper again and essentially lost Elena and then when he had hope she would choose him again she chose Damon and then the poor guy finds out Silas looks like him and then he is shoved in a safe and tossed into the water! I love Stefan and really hope he is not dead.

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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.