The Vampire Diaries Review: To No A-Veil

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Oh, Bonnie. You just had to utter those words, didn't you? You couldn't leave well enough a stone... bid farewell to Jeremy... and find a new love who looks slightly worse in a wifebeater, could you?

And, as a result, you are now a member of "The Walking Dead."

That, TVD Fanatics, is what we call one shocker of an ending.

Bonnie Up Close

Is Bonnie really a goner? It would certainly appear so, unless events on the Season 4 finale result in some more un-Veiling and she gets resurrected via the sometimes confusing and frustrating universe that is The Vampire Diaries afterlife.

Don't you dare get me wrong: I loved the return of Alaric. No, really. I loved, loved, loved, loved seeing everyone's favorite bourbon-swilling history teacher back in Mystic Falls, sharing BFF moments with Damon and once again playing the role of reluctant hero.

And Lexi? And Jeremy? And... ummm, Kol? I guess? Almost all welcome appearances.

But it's a fair criticism of this show that it can't leave the dead buried. Or in Ghost World. Or whatever they're calling it these days. It's hard for emotional scenes to stick when we're fairly confident we'll see the supposedly deceased character again at some point.

And with The Originals stealing away a few Vampire Diaries cast members, and with Bonnie's powers seemingly endless, we probably don't need to pen any obituaries just yet.

Spoilers have also revealed that at least one of the returnees we saw tonight will stick around for good this fall. Who will it be? Who do you want it to be?


  • Damon has The Cure. Will he give it to Elena? Pour it down the drain? Use it to kill Klaus? Consider this my first finale prediction: Damon will somehow end up drinking it and the final scene of "Graduation" will be of a human Damon Salvatore.
  • Three of The Five are back. Hi, Alexandar. Greetings, Connor. What's shakin, Vaughn? They have their sights set on Silas, but in a less fearless finale prediction, it's not hard to see how their arrival will prompt Rebekah to run away. I hear New Orleans is lovely this time of year.
  • Elena has rediscovered her humanity. All of her humanity, not just those parts that want to feast on Katherine's insides. This arc has been a great showcase for Nina Dobrev. It's been a refreshing distraction from the love triangle and sire bond nonsense as well. And Elena is also really good at darts. Prediction number-three: Elena will spend the summer trying out for The American Darters Association.
  • Staroline Alert! Clefan Tease! Potential Couple in Need of a Nickname Warning! Within five minutes, Lexi picked up on what Stefan and Caroline were putting down. Yes, the latter must say goodbye to Klaus next week, and Tyler is still sort of around we suppose... but will The Vampire Diaries Season 5 actually go there? Staroline seeds were definitely planted here. Prediction number-four: I'll be ever so happy if those seeds are allowed to fully grow.

Overall, a terrific penultimate installment.

The last few weeks have seen Bonnie take center stage, which is far more preferable to the ways in which her powers have been used as a storyline pawn in the past. The final scene and closing words (I'm dead) were legitimately startling, while the return of the hunters and the revelation of Silas' true identity - come on, no way they don't follow up on that nugget, right? - leave plenty of finale possibilities.

Oh, and... ALARIC!!! Pardon me while I go jump for some more joy and sound off now: What did you think of "The Walking Dead?" Is Bonnie truly about to rest in peace? Will Matt get some from Rebekah before she leaves? And what are you most excited for on the finale, previewed here?


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I'm glad Elena is back to her normal self and hopefully she goes back to Stefan now that she's no longer sired to Damon. Stefan and Caroline would be so boring and stupid, so that cannot happen.


I think the fact that Bonnie dies inside the triangle veil will mean resurrection for her. I think they'll follow the books and have Damon take the cure, the question is.... how does it come about? That might be what makes it shocking. I also wonder if there is a way that Lexi stays on in the series... she'd be a good knife to wedge and niggle at Damon, make Elena jealous, make Caroline jealous... so many ways her character could be used.... but I also would love to see Ric stay for good. LOVE Matt Davis...


Amazing episode! It had me crying when Elena saw Jeremy! & I cheered when Lexi and Alaric returned. Some people wanted to see Anna return, but really she only had a connection with Jeremy and considering Jeremy is dead it'd be pointless to bring her back. When Jeremy was around I was getting tired of him & his death wasn't a big OMG moment, but I must say I did miss seeing the original cast together. As a Stelena fan, I don't want to see Stefan and Caroline together! I can see why they would sorta kinda maybe a little make a good couple but still NO. I would have liked to see Matt and Rebekah kiss or something before the finale cuz then it would be very short lived for something we have been waiting for since she'll be shipped off to New Orleans.


I really want them all to stay but sadly I know Alaric is gonna b the one to stay cause I heard that the cult ( the tv series
Matt aka Alaric left us for) is not being renewed!!!!! I want klaus and rebekah and Elijah to really LUV them and mayb
Lexi can stay so Lexi and Stefan can get 2gether and Damon + Elena and jermey + Bonnie ( cause she's not gonna
Stay dead) and in clueless a out the whole Caroline and klaus and Tyler thing


3/ I believe that Matt and Rebekah had a quite an impressive presence all along this season that I hope for Rebekah to stay at MF and for Matt to remain human and alive. I loved how she became this person who dosen't mind being called names instead of being thanked for helping and how he called Damon to fill him in with the news and told him to watch his back I was so happy with that.


2/ So Silas was playing Bonnie, letting her believe that she has enough power to stop him for playing her!!! That was smart of him and the scene was awesome and intense, I felt so horrified of him and that he would play Damon with him portraying himself as Alaric but Damon was smart as he is and he didn't get fooled. Plus Bonnie is dead?!!! How is it possible that the only witch is dead !!! Plus if she's dead does that mean that Katherine is dead too? Was she unlinked when Bonnie died?


An amazing episode. 1/ That’s my favorite part Alaric and Jeremy are back. I felt so happy to see them back again though it's temporarily. I can’t put words together in order to describe all that I felt all I can say is that it was great to see them having a chance to be with Damon and Elena again and spent some time with them and have a chance to say goodby. Loved that Damon was there with Jeremy and Elena while saying goodby to her brother (I always saw him as a part of her family along with Alaric) and how he put it as a priority so he stoped her from apologizing to him. And I surely was way so happy when Alaric told Damon to get the girl, I'm speechless. PS: I really need to find a way to stop crying everytime I see them (Alaric & Jeremy).


Glad Elena is finally back to her old self. She needs to get back with Stefan now. No Caroline with Stefan, that would suck.


OMG What a episode! There were so many OMFG moments!! And also so many moments i could cry! Love the Alaric and Damon scenes I love them! And Rebeca and Matt so cute! He know he loves her;) And damn, Elena and Jeremy sooo beautifull.... And Bonnie is dead O MY FREAKING GODDDDD. I hope it isn't so! But than again she can be with Jeremy on the other side. And loved the moment with Lexi and Stefan. I think Stefan and Caroline could be a cute match, I really liked to see Caroline and Klaus, but he is gone.. Right? I still hope Elena and Damon come back together. And what is going to happen with the cure? Is Elena really going to take it?! And is Rebeca going to DIE?? Looks Like it but that would be sad, i'm starting to love her

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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Episode 22 Quotes

You're gonna flood Mystic Falls with dead creatures so you can ask a 2,000-year old witch for not one but two favors?


I just want to kill her. It's that simple.

Elena [on Katherine]