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Though, when she woke up in the hospital, she seemed confused to be there...so maybe she didn't know...

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Did Elena make the right choice?
I agree with Matt, that next season will result in Elena wavering a bit and remembering things that Damon compelled her to forget. I don't love her choice, but it makes sense right now I guess. I also don't know how I feel about how she HAD to make her choice, but I think the writers did their best to make it something that had to come from Elena's gut in the heat of the moment when neither of them were right in front of her. It also paralleled nicely with the choice she made with Matt a few years back. But I think her passion for Damon was different than her sisterly love for Matt. That said, I am agree with Matt in wondering if Elena knew about the vamp blood and made the choice to turn...so Matt could be saved. It didn't even occur to me until read that interview with Julie Plec, but now...

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Biggest shocker: Klaus taking over Tyler, Alaric dying or Elena turning? All the spoilers and predictions leading up to this episode made me firmly believe that Elena would die with vampire blood in her system (thanks to the head wound..though I didn't know who would feed it to her), and that it would be a great way to kill Evilaric without actually KILLING Elena. So, as I kind of expected both, it leaves the body take over. Which DID surprise me but, I agree with Ruthie, it just left me with a lot of logistical questions and confused me.

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What was your favorite scene from the finale?
A tie between 'Ric dying in Damon's arms and him realizing that means Elena is dead, and the Stefan staring tragically over dead Elena in the morgue...JUST AS SHE WAKES A VAMPIRE! Yes!

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@Mel, Damon told her to forget the conversation, he didn't compel her to love Stefan...

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I think Elena's going to spend a great deal of the beginning of Season 4 being angry. And I don't think Stefan is going to be able to stay with her...not because they are both vampires and it changes their love or anything, but because he will blame himself for aiding in giving her this life she didn’t want (by honoring her choice like always does) and he will not be able to face her. Plus, he had the whole protector thing with her and now that she won't need that. We are so in for self-loathing Stefan…. I actually think that Elena, at some point in Season 4, will gravitate toward Damon now that she is a vampire but he won't be quite so receptive now that she chose Stefan in Damon's dying moments.
As an aside, I wonder if it’s Damon’s blood that Meredith used to heal Elena. It would put her in their bloodline so it would be fitting….. And, the whole Klaus/Tyler thing...they've got to clear up some details because I am sort of confused by how it all went down.
Also, can I just say that Klaus is going to be maaaadddddd when he realizes his Doppelganger blood-bag is gone! Plus, doesn't mean the end of the Petrova bloodline since Elena can't pro-create?

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I wasn't happy with Elena’s choice, I ship Delena, but I think it was a good choice from a writing standpoint. Stefan is the boy the teenage girl Elena loves…the one that provides stability, and that was there for her every time she needed him to be there. Damon is a darker choice, a consuming, dangerous and much more risky love.
Now that she is going to be a vampire, it’s likely the writers can have her re-think this decision as she will have the dark edge that comes with being a vampire and can begin to think about who she would want "always" instead of just “right now� . This will keep the triangle front and center which, despite what other fans gripe, is my FAVORITE element of the show. I also think Elena is going to struggle with her choice to be a vampire. I mean, we know she'll do it, but she didn't want it. I wonder if Damon will force feed her blood or something? Though I hope not, as he did that once before the sun/moon curse thing and she almost didn’t forgive him. AND, he knows what it’s like to be forced to turn. Then again, his tendency to put Elena’s survival over how she will feel towards his choice may win out…

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There is no doubt in my mind that Elena will complete the change or else, you know, end show. But I am not so sure she'll remain with Stefan. I think she will be confused when she remembers the times she was compelled by Damon...the things he said. I think she will be resentful that she is a vampire, but I am not quite sure she'll blame Stefan for that as it was her request he save Matt....but for sure Stefan will be blaming himself.

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As Elena dies so does Alaric….and what is happening registers with Damon. This is when my heart truly breaks. I think this was one of Ian's best episodes, I do. He really just made me FEEL every emotion Damon was feeling...right to my core. Choked up when the ghost of actual Alaric visits Jeremy. Though, usually Jeremy can recognize ghost from human fairly quickly, so maybe it was some denial over what Alaric being a ghost means? BTW, this is the one time that I actually didn't mind the whole ghost thing.... Jeremy’s face when he realizes that Elena is dead…..how is he going to feel when he realizes she is a vampire?!?! In the hospital morgue, Stefan stares tragically at Elena. I really don’t think he knew that she had vampire blood in her system. Meredith said that she didn't let anyone know she used vamp blood to help the brain bleed, as she thought it would put Elena at risk for the OVs to have MORE reason to kill her. The sadness on Paul's face….boy can he emote. The realization of what has occurred because Stefan let Elena make her own choice…instead of just doing what Damon would have done and saving her life regardless of her wishes. Oh, Stefan will never forgive himself for this one...prepare for a lot of self-hatred from Stefan come Season 4. And, bam…Bella Swan-esque awakening. And I didn’t even care because….YAAAYYYY! I predicted this. I WANTED this to happen. I don't care what other fans say...this was the direction I hoped the show would go and it did...IT DID! Thank you, Julie Plec, thank you!

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At the car crash, we see the first time Stefan saved Elena. I loved the confusion on his face when he saw Elena and her resemblance to Katherine! It was obvious he knew it wasn't Katherine, as she wouldn't be drowning, but he seems so....bewildered.... I don't like the rest of this scene. I get why it's important to the story that Stefan saves Matt and not Elena. I understand that he is the brother that lets Elena make her own choices, and that he knew Elena would hate him if she was alive and Matt wasn’t. But, Damon would have saved her and lived with her anger over Matt's death. This, ultimately, is why I think Elena needs to choose Damon. Her survival clearly depends on it. And it's sort of self-less for him to put his concern over how Elena will feel about him aside to make sure Elena lives.

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