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The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Report Card: B-

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The beginning was awesome. The end was shocking. The middle... left a bit to be desired.

Before we think too long and hard about The Vampire Diaries Season 5, let's stop and reflect, TVD Fanatics. From Elena's adjustment to Stefan's plunge, it's time to analyze the ups and downs of The Vampire Diaries Season 4.

What worked? What failed? What overall grade do the 23 episodes deserve? Read through our Report Card below and then weigh in with your take...

Elena Gilbert at Graduation

Best Episode: "Memorial." A candidate for best episode of all-time, from the well-filmed action inside the church to the surprise appearance of Alaric at the end. One of the few installments to not end on a cliffhanger, this taut hour combined suspense and sentiment in a way only The Vampire Diaries can pull off.

Worst Episode: "Into the Wild." Way too much Professor Shame yammering and far too little accomplished for an episode that was meant to be a climax to The Cure storyline.

Best Performance: Nina Dobrev. She showed fear and confusion as a newly turned Elena; confidence and strength as the character accepted her new undead status; cold-hearted bitchiness after her humanity was switched off; and an outpouring of tears, anger and sadness once it came back on. An impressive, season-long whirlwind of emotion from the actress.

Worst Performance: The dude behind Silas. It's almost as if he was just impersonating other cast members every week!

Best Spinoff Idea: The Originals. We were skeptical at first, but consider us hooked. Though we still think our own 'Ric and the Dick brainchild has real potential too.

Unsung Hero: Matt Donovan. He came up big at the funeral. He helped train a hunter. He got Elena's humanity back. All while logging double shifts like a madman! Oh, and there's a 90 percent chance he will get in Rebekah's pants this summer. Score one for long-maligned Matty.

Biggest Shocker: The reveal of Stefan as Silas' doppleganger. A close runner-up: That time Bonnie smiled.

Most Beautiful Blonde: Caroline and Rebekah (tie). Come on, like we could choose?!?

Hopes for Season 5: That Damon and Elena stay together; that we never hear from or see a ghost in Mystic Falls ever again; that Katherine is killed; that the show can tell a slightly more consistent, all-encompassing narrative. The Cure arc was really all over the place, relying on leaps in logic and culminating in a side character being force fed the elixir. The Silas storyline, meanwhile, may have stunned viewers with its conclusion, but it failed to catch on as any kind of gripping arc for the duration of the season.

Overall Grade: B-

YOUR turn, TV Fanatics: What grade would you give The Vampire Diaries Season 4?

 

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So glad the "originals" will soon be gone. They were getting boring. I have no plans to watch the spinoff either.

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i ll give this season..A..coz..finally..v got delena...the bestest couple.:)))..elena brings out best in damon..n she makes stefan weak...damon elena..r meant to be together.....:)).....the thing i hated was silas..he was too damn boring...untill in finale stefan was revealed to be his doppelganger...;)..i luv katherine...n human katherine..i jst can't wait to watch...i luv dalaric..bt i don't think so i ll get dem :(...i liked dat jeremy is back...n my hope fo s5 is delena..remain together..madly in luv..n hopefully..caroline realizes..dat she n klaus..r meant to be together..:))

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I haven't read the books so this may sound stupid. I like the series and am glad that it is not much like the books so far. My personal opinion of the 4th season ending is I'm sad that Elena and didn't go back to Stefan. I like Damon I just don't think that him and Elena are a good match. I hope in the next season that they do get back together. I'm was hoping that Elena would get the cure but i think its possible that they might have a better plan for her. I think the best part of the show was the cliffhanger at the end about Silas being a doppelganger. Overall I hope that Elena and Stefan get back together and stay that way and other than that I hope the drama continues.

Sarah-silva

Personally I give it an A.
I think it was a great season. The end with Stefan being Silas' doppleganger was crazy!

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This season deserves an F. I heard a rumor that the Silas doppelganger story was created solely to keep Paul Wesley on the show because he wants to walk out. He isn't happy with the direction Stefan is going and no development is given to the character either.

Fortyseven

Season Grade: F---

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I almost dropped the show half way through the season,but the finale was good..in S5 find a way to bring lexie,she lights up the screen..and pls keep bonnie and jeremy..and when this doppleganger storyline ends pls give stefan a good/nice girlfriend..since season 1 we've only seen him with only Elena and am over it.and pls let there be continuity in S5.

Whathappened

What was the point of April? WHY WAS APRIL ON THE SHOW?! She served absolutely NO purpose whatsoever! What did the writers have planned for her?? I was convinced throughout the entire season April would be some sort of key to stopping/dealing with Silas but I was VERY WRONG! Horrible horrible writing and the most useless character I have ever had the misfortune of watching!

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I wish in season 5 elena and damon well stay together best couple ever damon deserves happiness ! He loves her a lot and finally she feels the same as him!! Hopefully stay together with lots of love scene between these two!! Best season because of delena !! Damon is stronger than stefan he can protect elena and he will never leave herside no matter what happened

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I thought the season shaped up nicely, and I’m really intrigued to see where the Silas story will go in the fifth season. During the wait, I’ll definitely be re-watching the fourth season with my DISH Hopper. I always record seasons of shows so I don’t miss episodes with my busy work schedule at DISH. The 2,000 hours of storage space allows me to keep some of my favorite seasons, instead of deleting them to make room.