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The Vampire Diaries Review: To No A-Veil

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Vemotus kravis an adenum...

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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Ilkvomit

This season has lacked and overall main villain which is unfortunate. I never bought into Silas in the beginning and i still dont now.... its always nice to see Lexie on the screen, of the characters that did return i would really like to see her stay more than anybody else. I can't say that I am excited about the season finale though :/
The promo for it didn't leave me on the edge of my seat and or looking forward to it much.

Spindae-2o

Bonnie isn't dead for sure! ! ! Just look at the promo pics for the Final! Maybe she meant that the Witch in her is dead!
I didn't watched the episode. Was out last night! will watch it later. Great review!
And I expect Damon to take the cure as well.

Marissa

Loved the episode. I was so glad to see Alaric, Lexi, and Jeremy again but mostly Alaric. TV shows don't usually suprized me I can usually guess what's going to happen but Bonnie being dead was a complete and total shocker to me. When Matt and Rebekah saw that dude walking in the dark I was wondering the same thing Matt was who the hell is that then we hen Rebekah said it was Alexander I was like uh oh that's not good he's the original vampire hunter. I can't wait till the finale it looks really good.

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Bonnie staying dead is about as likely as Elena deliberately chopping her own head off. After all, without Bonnie how will the writers be able to convieniently wish away plot points at will that they didn't put enough thought into?

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Nina Dobrev just killed it in this episode. She is so unbelievably talented! I don't care what the circumstances were, Jeremy and Alaric are always welcome on my screen! I'm definitely ready to see Stefan and Caroline get together if I can't see her with klaus. They would be so much better together but her and Stefan are a close second! I'm guessing Lexi is sticking around for next season. Can't wait to see whats in store for the finale!

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I love the Vampire Diaries and I love to have Alaric back but I want Klaus too! I don't like Klaus with Hailey and I never did! I want him back on the Vampire Diaries with Caroline. But that probably won't happen. Either way I will definitely not watch the Originals but, I do still love the Vampire Diaries.

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Best part of the show, defo, Alaric. Considering the buildup, I expected more action. Wasnt as packed as it shouldve been, and it was highly predictable - I mean come ooon, the vampire hunters returning and Bonnie's spell to keep Jeremy around backfiring.. Color me unimpressed. But it was rounded up by a return of a formidable character and a friendship between the two we've missed all season. Now that The Cults dead, I hope we'll see Matt Davis more often.

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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