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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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Sam I agree I want both Klaus and Elijah to stay in the vampire diaries

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Love that Alaric is back. I hope he sick around since his show Cult was canned.
I was really hoping to see Ms. Pearl. I loved her. Bonnie Dead not cool!

Spindae-2o

-Matt and Becca. They really connected. Clair is such a strong Actress. Can't wait to see her in the new show.
-Bonnie and Grams. Her death is a fitting end to the amazing power hype. I hate we won't get our Damon and Bonnie shot of love. So how will she say goodbye is she doesn't raises!? Who will take the Veil down!? And which Witch will come into season 5!? A big twist could be Klaus bring Sophie come to take the Veil down!?

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great to see Alaric and Jeremy back

Spindae-2o

Julie lifts the LEVEL so high towards the end! I just can love it! Tremendous!
- Bonnie and Katarina! I loved it so much more than Elena and Bonnie. Bad ass vs Bad ass! A really intense dynamic. Silas doing a Caroline a nice one! JULIE hat down.
- Silas. I love the way he tortures them all he really has his ways. I always thought Klaus would be like this and he never reached his potential.
- Stefan and Elena. The deep and honest talks they have are great and really moving. They are the stuff that moved the show through out S1 and S2.
- Elena and Jeremy, the moment she looked into his eyes. OHhhhhh so deep. I enjoyed it, I felt it!
- Alaric and Damon. They really had their moments. So convincing true Male BFF's, they really deserve their own SPIN-OFF. And the Twist with the cure a nice one.
-Stefan and Caroline and Lexi. He misses her so much. I miss her even more. I can't believe Arielle hasn't a show. And the way Caroline wanted to celebrate with Stefan

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Damon gave Alaric a hug.....rare much ?

Neejan

1. Stefan and Caroline, YES ABSOLUTELY.
2. Yeah! Alarc brought back the good stuff.
3. I hope Lexi will stick around. Breathtaking episode.

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I'm not sure it's going to be Alaric who sticks around. Matt Davis made it kind of clear when he left that he was glad to go. I don't think he was happy with how they were writing his character. I'm thinking it's going to be Jeremy that sticks. Maybe Bonnie's spell did work, she unfortunately had to give her life to get Jeremy's back? But I don't think she's gone....they have her in her in the graduation pictures next week. That would be weird.
I'm all for Stefan and Caroline!! Bring it on!!

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Oh my lord! Alaric. ALARIC YOU GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!
Actual tears in my eyes!!!!! I'm fangirling so hard!!!!!!
I miss him so much. I miss Damon-Alaric time so much. This was the best of Damon we've seen in AGES... I almost forgot why he was my favorite character..
When I come down from my cloud of happy, I'll watch the episode again, and come back with something other then Ric or KOL!!!!

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Hmm. Guess I'm one of a few who doesn't want Stefan and Caroline together together. I love all their scenes and wish there were more but I love these two as best friends. Why does every pairing have to be about romance? I do think Stefan has to move on from Elena, but Caroline doesn't feel right to me. That being said, they've been dropping some very unsubtle hints recently about S&C so it wouldn't surprise me if they are considering that pairing in season 5.

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?

Katherine

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

Elena [on Katherine]
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