I wanted to start off this review with a little "Save the Doppelgangers, Save the World."
However, the end of The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 21 has left me pretty speechless.
Warning: Spoilers ahead.
After escaping from Markos, getting drained of almost all of their blood, Stefan and Elena slowly hitchhike their way back to Mystic Falls. Now that Markos has enough of their blood, the spell has begun.
Travelers are dying left and right, including Maria the woman who saved Stefan and Elena. Maria's husband, Julian, has taken up permanent residence in Tyler Lockwood's body - but in the last few days it seems like Julian has flipped sides now that the travelers have it out for him.
That was, until Stefan broke the news to him that Maria had died at the hands of the witches. Everyone's been hearing that Caroline would witness some horrific event and the second Julian started to flip out, I felt like I saw a car accident happen in slow motion.
Stefan Salvatore's heart was literally been ripped out of his body.
Gathering myself from my state of shock, I ask...what does this all mean?
We all know that death doesn't exactly stick when it comes to The Vampire Diaries but the other side is disintegrating slowly before our eyes. Bonnie and Enzo's plan to use Maria is now kaput since Maria vanished into the darkness. Now what?
That scene when Bonnie saw Stefan show up as a ghost was painful. We can't lose Stefan. Yet the preview (below) for the finale looked almost lighthearted with the group preparing for war and Damon's usual humorous quips.
You have Elena participating in squirrel slaughter?Damon
What I'm left with is a major state of confusion. It seems to me that Mystic Falls is kaput and whichever cast members remain will be in a new place next season. Or will they simply all be dead and on some version of the other side?
I'm assuming all magic is not eradicated because how will the world of the witches exist on TVD and The Originals? It's a pretty crucial part of both shows.
What's most interesting at this point is how the travelers' spell takes away the magic of vampirism leaving all of our resident vampires in their pre-vampire states, ie: Elena choking on water, Damon shot.
I'm leaving you all with the question on everybody's lips: Is Stefan really gone?
Here is your first look at The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 22, "Home."
Leigh Raines is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.Tags: The Vampire Diaries, Reviews