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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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Ilkvomit

Yawwn kol worship Hehe :)

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Last weeks episode was so much better. Because Kol beat the shit out of Elena; duhh

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WTF? Stefan is suddenly Silas' doppelganger? Sorry, but that is hilariously bad inconsistent completely RANDOM writing.
A supernatural show like TVD has to keep up an element of realism to work, and Season 1 + 2 did that perfectly. But Season 4 completely lost it. Nothing feels consistent anymore.

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Where was the suspense in this episode?
Last weeks episode was so much better.

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Being inspired by something is one thing, but ripping off is something else! And to continuely do it over and over again! Just stop with the Twilight and Buffy/Angel ripoffs please! Its tiring and obvious.
The only character who deserved to graduate this season was Caroline. Elena was never at school for goodness sake!
I am happy that Matt finally got to get out of Mystic Falls with Rebekah. She's redeeming herself and i hope Matt never returns after this. At least he knows Mystic Falls is a horrible place.
Disappointing season finale.

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Elena is still irritating. Damon doesn't deserve Elena giving him a chance, because his never done anything to earn it! I could write an essay on the problem character that is Damon Salvatore and the pedestal he gets put on but i don't have the space for that here.
I don't think Bonnie is truly gone but i just wanted to slap her concerning her loyalty to her friends. The only people you can consider friends Bonnie is Caroline, Matt and Stefan; the rest are just users.
This show continues to rip off other television shows (particularly Buffy and Angel.) As if Silas wasn't enough of a ripoff of The First and his story wasn't like an twigged version of Glory's story, breaking down the veil between worlds just to die, (or go home in her case) and now there was go into the ocean thing.

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This finale was terrible! Of all the characters they decide to resurrect it's Jeremy?! OMG STUPID! What about Lexi and Alaric? Kol for the originals spinoff?
Katherine getting the cure was not only PREDICTABLE but a complete waste! What was the point of the cure in the first place then if it was going to get wasted like that?
Silas is Stefan's doppelganger. Lmao. That is the biggest load of bullshit this series has come up with along with the sire bond. Whoever came up with that so called "plot twist" out of their asses idea needs to get fired seriously. What do they take us viewers for- idiots?

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power to take his brother's happiness. Sorry, but Damon's been a poorly written and Julie Plec cares more about making the audience pity him and his man pain rather than help him turn into a man worthy of the kind of happiness he's seeking. The only thing I even liked was Klaus and Caroline's scene. And the whole Stefan/Silas thing seems intriguing, but I don't know if it's enough to make me stay since Elena and Damon will probably be too wrapped up in themselves to even notice or care about Stefan till it's almost too late. Julie Plec's logic and mine are just not the same thing.

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This probably marks the end of the road for me as I can't watch a show where one of the worst characters somehow gets all the reward. Yes, I'm talking about Damon Salvatore. Damon's always a pretty annoying character to me. But this past season, he's probably been the worst he ever could be. He's stabbed his brother in the back over girl he knew his brother was in love with. He's proven in numerous ways why he's the worst thing for Elena and how much he doesn't get her and yet...that's when Elena wants him? She's seen how far she's sunk since being with him, but she chose him? That just makes her look stupid now. And as for Damon, what am I supposed to do? Cheer him because he got everything he wanted without having to earn it? Because he finally managed to take something from Stefan? Again, I can't do it. And seeing Stefan be the bigger man and say he's happy for him when everyone knows that when the roles were reversed Damon wasn't happy for him and in fact did everything in his power to steal his brother's happiness. I'm sorry, but they've written Damon's character the wrong way and made it impossible for me to root for his happiness. Kol and other ghosts - underwhelming and kind of pointless in the end. Giving Katherine the cure - also underwhelming. They've given the cure to character they only seem to pull out when they want to move the story forward or for shock factor. Means nothing in the end unless the plan on making her more of a factor next season. Bonnie and Jeremy - While I love these two, I really don't like how it's ended between them and how unfair things have been for Bonnie. Sigh. Basically the only thing I enjoyed was Stefan and Lexi (Glad his best friend--whom Damon killed--could be there for him during this) and the scene with Klaus and Caroline. Normally, I enjoy their chemistry but dislike Klaus too much to want them together despite their chemistry. Klaus seems to be another abusive male character that Julie Plec spends more time making the audience pity than actually making them really redeem themselves. But tonight, he actually impressed me by finally being selfless with the woman he claims to love. The Silas/Stefan Dopplganger thing seems kind of interesting, but I don't think it's enough for me stay at this point since both Damon and Elena will most likely be too wrapped up in themselves to notice or care about Stefan till it's almost too late. Sorry, but Julie Plec's logic and my logic are not the same thing at all.

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I care about Katherine the human! With several characters leaving for The Originals, hopefully she will be a full time character. And maybe we'll finally address the issue of whether Stefan really loved her and she really loved him. Also, her getting the cure was something I didn't see coming. With Damon and the werewolf venom I thought it would be him, then I thought it would be Stefan, but I never thought it would be Katherine.

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
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