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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?

ELSEWHERE...

  • 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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Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Another good episode this week.
Pros:
-obviously the return of Alaric, Kol, Lexi and Conner. Oh and Bonnies grams, always loved her. Like Lexi she shouldnt have been killed.
-Caroline actually having a ton of family members considering 90 percent of the cast are orphans or near orphans.
-Katherine!
And now for the cons:
-Elena might have been driven by rage but she was still so selfish! Everything has to be about her! She couldn't answer Caroline about her comments and even after everything she's done, people continue to treat her so damn delicately! Also, as vampire Elena continues to be a useless damsel. Bella grew a backbone and became a badass when she turned but Elena? She still gets saved by a man (Jeremy in this case)

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Please..NO STEFAN and CAROLINE. I would find them so boring. I actually like them as friends. And yes, still rooting for Stelena!

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I think I'm the only person who fells so so about Lexi. I would've preferred to see a few other characters return such as Vicki or Anna. Of all of the characters returning, I was most excited about Alaric. I hope he's the one to stick around next season.
I also wouldn't be surprised if Damon winds up taking the cure. I was really looking forward to seeing Caroline with Klaus. I'm a bit upset to know that can't happen now.

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I loved the episode and I was really excited to see everyone coming back from the dead apart from Kol. The scene between Elena and Jeremy was actually pretty moving and I was once again very sorry that he had to die.
Although I can't imagine who is going to stay among the living at the end, i feel that the one person who never had the chance to shine as a character was Lexi. She made everyone love her and then she died too soon. I wish she could stay.
Anyways, this week's episode was a huge improvement and got me all interested in the show again. Can't wait for the season finale.

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what I want to know is how the hell did Kol still have his vampire SuperSpeed if he is supposed to be dead ?

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@TVDFan....how on earth did I forget that?! I flaked totally on the fact that she was a vamp when she died... Didn't Esther (OV Mommy) say that Jenna had crossed over or that she was happily on the other side?

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Quick mention @Allison Berry- Jenna could come back if she wanted to according to Alaric, she just needs to want to/have unfinished business. Jenn died a vampire remember? She was supernatural. It IS possible for her to return.

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With Bonnie seemingly dead, the haters, including Julie Plec, now have what they always wanted...an all white show.

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Wow. Finally a really good episode again.
Katherine's comments. Alaric. Elena's humanity back. Ghosts we actually care about and/or were interesting characters. Alaric. Rebekah and Matt. Caroline's B*TCH-line. Alaric. Bonnie's stupidity that lead to her own death (just hope she stays that way). Oh, and Alaric! Loved it all.