TV Rewind: The Vampire Diaries – “Graduation”

Hard to Say Goodbye My Love

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Honestly, I woke up yesterday morning prepared to breakup with TVD. Now, I’m not so sure. I’ll admit, last night’s season finale was far from extraordinary, but it did remind me of why I loved the show in the first place. It had one of my favorite Klaus moments. Ever. A Delena moment that left us speechless. Although, one that would have made more of an impact several episodes ago. Let us not forget, the abundance of bewildering, messed up twists and cliffhangers. In all seriousness, I’m confused. Just when I thought I was out, you pull me back in. Why can’t I quit you, TVD? Why?!

WARNING! This is a Spoiler Alert!

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: Payback is a bitch.  

It’s no wonder Stefan considers Lexi his best friend. They’ve got a lot in common. She’s got killer dance moves, not to mention a long-standing grudge against Damon. You remember Lexi, right, Damon? Luckily, for you, she’s not one to waste precious time – like Stefan. Quickly connecting the dots, Damon realizes the fact that Alaric and Little Gilbert are all fleshy and real-like, something must have gone terribly, terribly wrong. Stefan, meanwhile, has been drowning his sorrows in bourbon and grooming his hero hair. He’s denying it, but it’s totally true. Seriously, fellas. Get it together. It’s time to haphazardly throw together some kind of temporary not-so-smart solution to your not-so-small problems. Look at Bonnie! She’s up and around, pretending like she’s still alive, even though she’s as dead as a doornail. You don’t want Boring Bonnie to show you up, do you? Think about it for a while. I’m going to spend some time with Alaric and the Gilbert’s.

Although they’ve been separated for some time and besides the fact that two out of the three are dead, the family manages to laugh and smile, joking about burning down houses and the lack of greasy fast food and whiskey in their lives. With Elena back to her mostly normal vampire self, it’s the best reunion they ever could have hoped for, considering the circumstances. Of course, their happy little bubble has to pop sooner rather than later.

Ring Ring. Ring Ring.
Um, hi.
It’s me.
Me, who?
The guy you killed.
Which one?
Connor. Connor Jordan.
Do you need something?
No. Not really. Just wanted to tell you that I’m back, and if you don’t give me the cure, I’m going to kill all your friends.
Oh, okay.
So, bye.

Meanwhile, Rebekah has been having a little reunion of her own. Some might call it a kidnapping, but that’s neither here nor there. Matt’s life is in danger (again) and there’s no time for nitpicking. Rebekah tries to reason with Alexander, her former lover, getting nowhere in the process. He seems to have borrowed a few tips and tricks from Connor, using explosives as a bargaining technique to demand the return of Silas’ cure. Rebekah keeps Matt calm, telling him about all the places they’re going to see, all the things they’re going to do. Telling him how truly living means doing the thing you’re most afraid of. Rebekah attacks him and plants a nice smooch on his lips, as Matt returns it eagerly. About time too, considering how long she’s had a crush on him. Shockingly, it is now Rebekah who stands on the detonator. She orders Matt to safety, stepping off the platform and into the fire. “I finally chose one of the good ones.”

At the Salvatore home, Damon receives an unexpected visitor: the adorably sexy, Charlie Bewley. Cough! Vaughn. I mean, Vaughn. The hunter wastes no time greeting the vampire, choosing instead to shoot him in the shoulder with a venom laced bullet. Probably not the proper way to greet an old friend – that Damon inadvertently killed – but threats don’t seem to have the same effect when a slow and violent death isn’t attached to it. Stefan rips Vaughn’s heart out before he can finish his menacing monologue or see how kick-ass Alaric was when he stopped Connor from blowing up The Grill. Which is sad, because that was kinda awesome. It’s also quite sad that Stefan and Damon don’t realize until sometime later that with no other side in place, Vaughn is going to wake up and want to, but won’t get the chance to beat up their cute little asses. Damon made sure of that.

The scene where Damon and Elena have The Talk: She should have known this would happen. He was being all adorable again, all sweet and understanding. He handed over the cure so selflessly, like he was Stefan’s funnier, better looking clone. If it wasn’t for the fact that he was dying, she might have taken it. If those brainwashed steroid taking hunters didn’t want it, she probably would have. But he was and they did. She couldn’t and wouldn’t take it. Still, she didn’t want it to go to Vaughn. What the hell was he thinking?

Damon takes Vaughn to the ravine, telling him to dive in, stalling for time until Caroline can get a hold of Klaus and they can all graduate. Nevermind that Damon has two new bullet wounds or that the werewolf poison is about to kill him, tossing their hats in the air is more important. Bitter? Me? No. Thankfully, there is one person we can always trust. Alaric. His surprise appearance startles Vaughn, whom he tosses off the edge of the wall and into the water. So long, Charlie. He also happened to snag the cure as he did so. Alaric’s such a great guy.

Damon still won’t take the cure, though. Plus, there’s a bunch of witches about to throw down, bring it on? I’m not sure. The point is, Elena & Co. are in danger. Damon and Alaric are super busy at the moment, so they’re out. Tyler’s still MIA. Stefan is, well, Stefan. Where’s a knight in shinning armor when you need him? Oh, I’m right here, love. Klaus! Our beloved bad boy saves the day as we all sigh and wish for our own personal Joseph Morgan look-alike vampire hybrid. Or, maybe, that’s just me? No, I think Caroline feels the same way. I think we ALL feel that way, especially after this. Knowing she would never agree to move to New Orleans with him, Klaus valiantly vows Tyler’s freedom. Why, though, she asks. “He was your first love, I intend to be your last; however long it takes.” SWOON. I’M DEAD. BEST SCENE EVER.

Okay, maybe it’s a tie.

Damon broods silently, staring at the flames in the fireplace, bourbon in hand, Elena on his mind. She’s determined, angry. After the stunt he pulled today . . . he’d better apologize. Now.

“I’m not sorry, but you know what I really am? Selfish; because I make bad choices that hurt you. Yes! I would rather have died than be human. I rather die right now than spend a handful of years with you, only to lose you when I’m too old and sick, and miserable; and you’re still you. I’d rather die right now than spend my last final years remembering how good I had it and how happy I was. Because that’s who I am, Elena, and I’m not going to change. And there’s no apology in the world that encompasses all the reasons why I’m wrong for you.”

Oh. Wow. Elena? Rebuttal.

“Fine, then I’m not sorry either. I’m not sorry that I met you. I’m not sorry that knowing you has made me question everything. That, in death, you’re the one that made me feel the most alive. You’ve been a terrible person. You’ve made all the wrong choices. And of all the choices that I’ve made, this will prove to be the worst one, but I’m not sorry that I’m in love with you! I love you, Damon. I love you.”

Finally! Though, I guess you two aren’t worried about the sire bond and  . . . Oh. That doesn’t matter anymore? There isn’t one? Um, that doesn’t make sense. Just because she turned her emotions back on, doesn’t mean she’s free. It was there before when she had her emotions, why – Ouch! That hurt. Yes, I see they’re kissing. Yes, I’ll shut up.

The scene where Stefan and Elena have The Talk:

E: I want you to have the cure.

S: No, I think you should have it.

E: You are a terrible vampire. You take it.

S: Nope.

E: Well, I’m not taking it.

K: Arg!

This is more exhausting than Jeremy and Boring Bonnie. He loves her. She loves him. She’s dead. He’s not. Yeah, nice surprise. Although, you couldn’t bring a few back with him, Bonnie? Sure, we’re getting rid of you – a season or two late – but what about Alaric? His show’s been canceled. He needs a place to stay. Fine! Be that way, but I’ll remember this. GRRRRR.

Wait a minute. I didn’t grrrrr. Katherine? Jeez, will you stop hitting Elena? She doesn’t have a better life than you. Her life sucks, really. She has no family, no home.  The audience can barely stand her at times. She may have a man in her life now, but how long do you think that’s going to last? Her life is a mess, just like yours. Maybe living as a human for a while will make you appreciate everything that you’ve got. With her life hanging in the balance, Elena shoves the cure down Katherine’s throat. It’s time she got her just desserts.

Final Scene: Stefan. Poor, lonely Stefan. All alone and hurting (Couldn’t you wait to tell Damon you loved him, Elena? At least until after Stefan left the other room?), the bitch slapped vampire takes the solid rock remains of Silas and pauses. Curious, he looks into the bag, hoping to discover the ancient’s true identity. Only, he’s not there. Yoohoo! Behind you. Stefan jumps back, shocked to see Silas in a Elena meatsuit. The spell that turned him into stone died the moment Bonnie did. Here’s the kicker, though. Silas created the immortality spell, so nature (or in this case, the TVD writers) decided that to balance all that evil, there needed to be a version of Silas that could die. A shadow self. A doppelgänger. Who’s doppelgänger, exactly? You’re not looking into a mirror, Stefan. Silas just pwned your ass. I bet you regret buying that super, heavy-duty safe now, don’t ya?

The Vampire Diaries

Best Lines of the Night:

1. Damon: “You’re just going to sit there and let her enact her ghostly revenge?”

2. Damon: “I guess that’s one way to celebrate the supernatural apocalypse.”

3. Alaric: “This is my bar, pal.”

4. Damon: “How is it even when you’re dead, you’re the bane of my existence?”

5. Stefan: “Maybe I’ll move to Australia. I can live in a yurt.”

6. Damon: “Elena, there are children present.”

7. Damon: “I guess I should have told you to bring some scuba gear, huh?”

8. Elena: “I kinda sorta missed the deadline. You know, being an emotionless bitch.”

9. Stefan: “I don’t hug.”

10. Klaus: “I can do this all day.”

11. Elena: “Are you feeling better? . . . SLAP”

12. Stefan: “I’m not happy about, Elena; but I’m not not happy for you either.”

13. Alaric: “You got the girl, man. Now, don’t screw it up.”

What did you think of the season 4 finale of The Vampire Diaries? What was your favorite scene? Favorite line? What did you think of that cliffhanger? Is Stefan really a doppelgänger? How ticked will Katherine be when she wakes up? Were you surprised by Elena’s confession? What about Klaus’ confession? Are you glad Bonnie’s gone? Are you happy Jeremy’s back? Is your relationship with TVD still on the rocks? Will you watch The Originals? Tell me in the comments!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Emma says:

    Klaus has the best line of the night.
    I enjoyed the episode right up until the last scene. Silas is the worst big bad the show has ever had. The writers should have let his story end months ago. The Hunters would have made great antagonists.

    1. I wish they had a show with just Klaus and Damon exchanging one liners. That’s definitely something I would watch. Lol.

      Truthfully, I think I enjoyed only five minutes of the episode. It was a great five minutes, but that was all. Cliffhanger? Meh. Silas was a total let down, I agree. Yeah, the hunters could have totally carried the season if it weren’t for the Silas tie-in. Of course, there’s a lot more I would change about this season as well. Hopefully, they can get their groove back for season 5.

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