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 want her with Matt...but since she's leaving at least give 'em somethin' !
I cannot wait for the finale !!!!
P.S. : where was Jenna !!!


Wow ! With a season lacking in the backing, seeing Alaric, Jer and Lexie back on screen got me overjoyed ! I had to cry lol. Stefan sad at not seeing her was sooo sweet ! And I agree, if Caroline can't be with Klaus, put her with Stefan ! These two have had a connection since he helped her as a vampire !
Bonnie Spell backfiring, not a surprise ! But it was sooo good to see Grams ! I agree that the witch in her might be a goner... But then, who will bring the veil back up again ???
Elena wanting to kill Kat, kinda got boring at some points, but her punching Stef, priceless lol !
Damon has the cure...What to do what to do !!!! Him and Alaric... gosh I've missed that ! Please bring HIM back !!! Damon NEEDS his bff ! I was kinda relieved he didn't ask Elena about her feelings for him...coz I'm scared ! I sooo want them together, but at the same time if she ends up alone, it'll be fine by me !
I really didn't like the 5 coming back ! Thought they were gonna kill Rebekah ! I want her with Matt...but since she's leaving at least give 'em somethin' !
I cannot wait for the finale !!!!
P.S. : where was Jenna !!!


Stefan and Caroline?! Ewww...Stefan needs to be with Elena again. He's way too hot for Caroline


where the hell was Jenna last night?!

Philly ace

It was nice to see Jeremy, Lexi, Grams, and especially Alaric back on screen. The only person they were missing was Vicki and it would have gave Matt a needed pick-me-up.


Good but still leaves the season and series failing.


1. I have been saying since the first time Stefan helped Caroline become a good vampire that these two NEED to be together. Look up on youtube Stefan and Carolina Will You Be me when I say, if you watch it you will ship Stefaline.
2. I figured we would see Jeremy tonight and Alaric but seeing them on my TV screens made me scream out loud! The alcohol in the locker was just a perfect moment for those two. I am not one of the show followers who complain about story lines etc. etc. but this show was AMAZING when Alaric & Jeremy were on it. Damon needs an older friend. Member he isn't in the high school age & he needs a good male buddy. Hanging around teenagers is kind-of creepy.
So sad when Stefan was at the Grill all sad & again, screamed for joy when Lexi showed up. Great episode. I hope I can say adios to Bonnie once and for all. Good riddance. LOVE LOVE LOVE the ALARIC, JER and LEXI!


I swear to God, I will have an absolute meltdown if the returning cast member isn't Matt Davis! Jeremy has far and beyond run his course and Lexie has always been best as a recurring face. Alaric needs to return FOR GOOD and I just might get over the fact that the originals are saying goodbye to Mystic Falls.


Tonight's episode was jaw dropping. I love it my favorite part was when Rebekah ran out of ideas and just slap Caroline hard then Caroline suddenly said the B word and then she's out of Silas control. Can't wait for the finale.


I enjoyed this episode and wow Bonnie dying was a major surprise. The promo pics show her graduating with her friends so hopefully she's not really dead. Elena's obsession with killing Catherine got old real fast. I'm glad Stephan helped her realize that she had to move on. Her getting to see Jeremy again made me tear up.

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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]