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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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Soapjunk

I am SO glad Elena chose Damon! Delena is way more fun than boring Stelena. Normally I don't really care what stefan is doing but seeing him go down the water, Damon needs to safe his brother! and fast!. He can't be death.
And Jeremy is back YEEJ! I knew they wouldn't kill him off, there was just no way.
I loved this finale, it was strong and had a good Klaroline scene (I am still convinced caroline wil secretely go to New Orleons and will be on The Originals)
It's sad to see Alaric&Lexie go I really miss them!
Matt for the originals?

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I feel like Katherine will spend next season trying to get someone to turn her back into a vampire. And that Bonnie will come back some way.

Leon-alexis

DELENA? I knew it. the show is twisted,but it,s o.k.
I'm still watching it. thanks.

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Umm this site is really way off from the general consensus on other sites. Most fans have wanted Damon to get the girl and for Stefan to get a real storyline besides the one where he transfers his Katherine love onto elena. Julie kept us watching all season and now we finally get some delena. It's a win/win situation. ILY TVD

Neejan

@Sara I think you are confusing fiction with reality. Remember, this is a TV show and not real life.

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Don't worry Stelena fans....they don't keep couples together on this show for long. You know that. Especially now that Ian and Nina broke up. How long do you actually think they are going to want to continue to have to fake-kiss for the cameras? Think about it. Paul Wesley finally got what he wanted - to stop having Stefan chase after Elena.

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Please get over Caroline and Klaus. They left the door open, but it isn't going to be walked through anytime soon. Move on! Sheesh! You know a Caroline and Stefan romance will come first.
Poor Stefan....kick a brother while he's down why don't you! Personally I'm glad he was going to be rid of Elena. He should have done it a LONG time ago. The ending confused me a bit though.
I have to say that I felt the finale was pretty underwhelming. Nothing really shocked me.

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I know the actress of Rebekah is Aussie, but in the show she's doing (a poor) version of a British accent?

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Does this mean Matt will be on the Originals? Or will he still be on TVD?

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Elena chose Damon! Yes, that's what I've been waiting for since the series began. Those two belong together. I thought this was an excellent season finale. The only thing I didn't like was Bonnie's death. How is the show going to get along without its resident witch? She was one of the most important characters because of that. I guess they might find some way to bring her back to life next season, but I doubt it. One resurrection, Jeremy, is probably all the show will be willing to do.