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Rest in peace, Mystic Falls Grill, Lexi, Markos the Annoying Traveler and... Damon Salvatore?!?

In the latest edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, staff writers Carissa Pavlica, Miranda Wicker and Leigh Raines are joined by Love You to Death friends Crissy Calhoun and Heather Vee to break down The Vampire Diaries Season 5 finale.

Are you prepared to discuss Damon's (possible) death? Take a deep breath and jump in to our debate now...


What was your favorite scene or quote from the episode?

Carissa: It was great seeing Lexi again and with a nice, straight hairstyle. They have great stylists on the Other Side. I don't remember exactly what she said, but telling Stefan to finally go on that date with Caroline already was a relief. Let's make that happen... even though Tyler is back and Damon's pretend-dead. You cannot deny chemistry!

Miranda: That has to go to Matty Blue's line that The Grill was the only place dumb enough to hire them. I laughed. I shed a tear. I remembered my set visit and time inside the Mystic Grill.

Leigh: Great line by Matty D. Also, clearly The Other Side offers a salon doing major hair extensions! Favorite scene was Elena sobbing and turning around to find her old guardian Alaric.

Crissy: Elena crushed me, but I'm going to go with Bonnie letting Silas whoosh into Oblivion. Bygones!

Heather: Yeah. That Matt line got a big belly laugh on this side, too. You know, I'm going to go for that final moment between Bonnie and Damon. The Birdy song, the light, them holding hands and facing that shit down... I loved it.

Is Damon actually dead? Do you hope he's actually dead?

Carissa: No. I'm kind of amazed that people were up in arms over his supposed death again. Really? Damon would get a doppelganger before Ian Somerholder left the series. I don't want Damon to be dead because he's fab, but since he was supposed to die, it would be better to stick with it. Death has to mean something. However, since he was holding Bonnie's hand, he's going to get a free pass. There's more on that in the next answer.

Miranda: Not a chance in Hell. And not a chance in Hell.

Leigh: I hope I'm wrong because I think he is. Didn't the writers say any deaths would stick? That was a really Sopranos ending with the mid-sentence/scene cut off.

Crissy:  I need answers! It feels like no way could that actually stick. Certainly don't hope he's dead. He's kinda important to the show.

Heather: No. I think he and Bonnie have...gone someplace. I think whatever failsafe Grams worked out for Bonnie so she could have peace extended to Damon in that moment. Also, and this is going to sound devastatingly mushy and I don't care, I think part of Bonnie's "peace" is ensuring Damon's. I sort of see this as an extension of Bonnie doing anything for Elena. Bonnie may not be fully aware of it, but I think this is what Grams was referring to.

Is Bonnie actually dead? Do you hope she's actually dead?

Carissa: No - and if anyone was paying attention to poor Grams, they'd know she had a trick up her sleeve. She said she made sure Bonnie would get her happy ending. That was hardly a happy ending by traditional standards, although going out holding Damon's hand has its merits (and it's his free pass back to the living). I wish she was dead, poor dear. She and Tyler could ride off without me shedding any tears.

Miranda: Probably not. She might actually be a cat. I kind of do hope she's dead and that Grams' spell misfires and sends Damon back (as a human) while leaving Bonnie gone. Then we'd see human Damon grappling with the fact that he's mortal AND dealing with the fact that he took the place of one of Elena's best friends.

Leigh: Normally I'd say yes (see above answer) BUT that scene with Grams was pretty interesting. I'm holding on to some hope.

Crissy:  Grams! And then Bonnie holding hands with Damon's seals his fate with hers?

Heather: See the Bonnie answer above. I think we'll be seeing them next season.

Alaric is back! REACT!

Carissa: Squeeeee! If that's not enough of a clue that Damon isn't dead, then what is?! They are comic gold and I expect them to mine their bromance for everything it never was during their very short friendship before Alaric was inhabited and died. That's the best reason to tune into The Vampire Diaries Season 6.

Miranda: YESSSSSSSS!!!!!!

Leigh: Read this spoiler on twitter before I saw the episode and was screeching like a banshee… so yeah, just a little excited.

Crissy: The best. The absolute best. That Alaric-Elena hug? It's just like the world is right again.


Most surprising: Tyler is human, Bonnie thinks Jeremy is akin to a young Bruce Willis or no one will ever order a bourbon at the Grill again?

Carissa: I'm surprised Tyler is alive at all, but more importantly that Bonnie didn't compare Jere to Steve McQueen. Yeah, I get that the younguns might not know who he was but what a wasted opportunity!! It was right there, ripe for the picking. People could have learned something. I need a bourbon. Dammit! The Grill is gone. Sigh.

Miranda: Tyler is human! I'm pretty sure Jeremy is NOT reminiscent of a young Bruce Willis and The Grill will be rebuilt. It has to be rebuilt. Tyler as a human? Innnnnteresting.

Leigh: Isn't Tyler still a werewolf, just not a hybrid? Also, doesn't Bonnie have a more recent reference like Jason Bourne or something? RIP Mystic Grill.

Crissy:  I'm confused about Tyler's werewolf vs. human status too. I think it makes most sense if he is a werewolf: that the Traveler spell undid his hybrid side and killed him, so he died a werewolf-only, still went to the Other Side (being supernatural) and got resurrected as werewolf-only.

Heather: I think he's human but the werewolf gene is not activated? So technically he'd still be a werewolf and go to the Other Side. (Which, it occurs to me, is pretty sucky for unactivated werewolves who live their entire lives without activating the gene. Wah-wah.)

Grade The Vampire Diaries Season 5.

Carissa: C. With all the hot people and one-liners, it's never going to be a D or F - but it falls dangerously close when there aren't any consequences. It's not Days of Our Lives. People should die in Mystic Falls. After all, there are vampires and werewolves. Raise the stakes. I'm confused.

Miranda: It had some seriously rough moments. Like, the roughest of rough, but it gave us Katherine closure, doppelgänger closure, the Other Side closure, AND the return of Alaric. I'll give it a solid B-.

Leigh: C. This season mostly sucked and would've gotten a D, but the last two episodes were great, the 100th episode was fun, Katherine was bounced and now ALARIC.

Crissy: B. Definitely had some, uh, diversions, but in addition to all the amazing Katherine stuff, we got Luke, Liv and Enzo. 

Heather: The highs of this season were exceptionally high (100th episode, the Katherine arc in particular), ENZOOOOO), but...I think I'd go with a C+/B- overall. It was a rough, rough ride.


I agree with the C rating. The start of the season was so incredibly slow. I may kill any more dopplegangers. Seriously. And I'm so over the damon/stefan/elena triangle. Katherine better stay dead. I'm not necessarily cheering for caroline and Stefan I just have had enough of elena and her inability to decide on which brother. Bonnie was epic in the end but if she doesn't come back as a witch then she's better left dead or in flashbacks. I don't want Bonnie and Jeremy shipped again either as it was boring. If Bonnie comes back then I want the show to develop her friendship with Damon. Not a ship but a friendship. And please please please no more stories about dopplegangers and Stefan and Elena being meant to be. I don't care if she's not even with Damon. I just think it's overdone and I want a different story line. Best ep of the season was the last one! Best scene was Damon and Bonnie holding hands despite not liking each other as they faced death.


To jasmine, Paul Wesley is 32 yrs old. and the rest of the cast are in their lates 20's. Ian, I believe is the oldest of the whole cast, he will be 36 this year


Why why and why the writers or Julie Pelc after all the fuzz about Damon and Elena becoming a couple and love each other, that simply never really happen in S6, cause barely we could see a relationshing developing between those 2 in a slowly matter cause there was always something in the way, like saving Bonnie, Katherine, the Travelers, Qutsia, etc or dealing with other people or other supernaturals, why the hell they did not make that couple last? I mean in S2 or S3, there wre also issues about saving a person, other supernaturals and stuff but still Elena and Stefan manage to keep their relationship going on lets say they had a couple relationship , still you can see a relationship between them in the day and weeks. The writers could have done the same thing with Damon and Elena, but they all screw the story and make Delena thing a useless relationship in order to deal with other things on the story and taht relationship was like thrown in the garbage bin.


Ohh my I was watching an episode of TVD from Season 2. Now that was a good show back then and Damon look incredible lusicious and insanly beautiful but then again Ian looked delicious!!!! He should be back to dye his hair black like in the first 3 seasons, it fits him, his eyes stand out so well and it makes him to look younger and it looks exquisite!!!


I'm not fussed about Enzo coming back Damon is the show he takes care of everything the bromance with him and Alaric is brilliant I would love to see Lexi back for Alaric I love Stefan's character and would like to see him with Caroline there's so much more to look forward to in season 6 However if Damon's gone I won't be watching


Tyler coming back as a human was the most interesting storyline. I know I'm the only one who thinks this, but truthfully I'm still hoping for a reconciliation for Caroline and Tyler. Unless of course she winds up on The Originals with Klaus. I'm not hoping for a Caroline/Stefan romance at all. She goes so well with everyone but him. LOL She'd even be good for Damon to balance out his bad side. And of course there is no way he's dead. I do think all of them should've come back as human though. And while I do love Damon, I'd have more respect for the show if he stayed dead.

Ronald simkins

Katherine can't be back she was sucked into the vortex Thank God). But Damian and Bonnie could be back somehow because of the white light. I hope the Matt and Jeremy bromance continues next season. And Alaric back as a vamp - good times!


My favorite scene was Elena and Damon good bye. Nina made me cry, just like in 4x15.
I don't want Bonnie dead, I want her to have her powers back and a good storyline.
I was actually happy Tyller is not a hybrid anymore, Idon't see the point of a hybrid in this show, except for Klaus.
Season 5 deserves a solid C because its writers took it for granted and refuse to create new things, doing only recycling. I am grateful for Delena though, for better or for worse.


I think that we have to take into account one thing about this show,. I believe the show must end next sesson or at least in season 7. Vampires are ageless and the actors are not teenagers anymore, they are in their 30's pushing into their 40;s or they are in their 30's So it wont look good that an actor in their 40's or 45's keep playing a character that never ages and it is eternal. Unless the actors have some plastic surgery to always look young or they make them look young thru the magic of special effects for the TV or the special effects or make up team on the show put them special prosthetics to make them look young in which case they will look fake and terrible. it could be the only way the actors remain young through the course of the show if the show pretend to be for many seasons.

@ Ageless vampires

They came back as humans. It's okay for them to age.

Amy jackey
@ Ageless vampires

Some of the actors and actresses are in their 20's. Paul is in his 30's same as Ian. Ian's character Damon isn't a teen. So I think they can pull like maybe 8 or 9 seasons

@ Amy Jackey

Paul is 30 Ian's going on 36


This season was my least favorite. I had a hard time watching it, and was thinking of letting it go, but bringing Alaric back means I'll definitely be watching come the fall. And there's no way Damon's gone. NO WAY. I agree that Gram set up something to save Bonnie which will also end up saving Damon.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 22 Quotes

Is it a crime for someone so good looking to be so sad all the time?

Silas [on Stefan]

I’ve saved you from metaphorical darkness and actual darkness. I think you owe me a beer.