The Vampire Diaries Season Finale Review: The Choices We Make...

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It was all about choice on the season finale of The Vampire Diaries.

While Damon's fate was never really a question this week - yes, this show kills off more characters than any other on TV, but the odds of Damon dying are lower than Lindsay Lohan turning down a drink - we were left to wonder just how the brooding, sarcastic Salvatore would be saved.

And the answer was an exchange I never saw coming, just one of many choices that highlighted "As I Lay Dying." Let's review them all, along with their consequences...

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Stefan trades a sibling for a soul. Might as well start with the biggest of them all, right? The series gave us a glimpse into Stefan's dark past on "The Dinner Party," but I never dreamed we'd see that side to him again. Remember his conversation with Elena on that episode?

Elena: He described you as a monster.
Stefan: That's what I was.

And that's what he now is again. It was shocking to see Paul Wesley with blood tricking down his mouth this week, a sight only made more disturbing by the faint smile on Stefan's lips as he embraced the beast that had been bottled up for so long.

A noble act to save his brother? Perhaps. But Katherine pointed out the other side to that seemingly benevolent coin upon delivering the cure to Damon: didn't Stefan also abandon Elena by doing so? And how many innocent lives, starting with that girl Klaus served up, will now die as a result of Stefan's decision?

No matter how much you love Damon, you have to wonder: is his life really worth all that?

Damon chooses to accept his fate. Oh, the cruel irony. Just as Stefan was paying the ultimate price for what he deemed to be his ultimate mistake - turning his brother - Damon was realizing that he has no one to blame but himself for the events in 1864.

He was manipulated by Katherine back then, he made the decision to love her anyway and it was that triangle which sealed his and Stefan's future. An amazing job, as always, by Ian Somerhalder, bringing every painful emotion to the forefront as Damon lay dying.

Elena plants one on Damon. Because he was literally on his death bed? Out of pity? True feelings? Only she knows for sure. Actually, she probably doesn't.

Bonnie decides to save Jeremy. My biggest problem with the show is how it has occasionally used Bonnie's powers as a crutch. There seems to be a spell for every scenario, as we witnessed last week when she suddenly discovered a way to save Elena.

But, wow, it's hard to complain too much when the spell results in such a What-the-Hell-just-happened-and-what-could-it-possibly-mean development as we saw to conclude this finale. Jeremy sees dead people?!? Are Anna and Vicki actually alive again? Are they merely visions? Will they be joined by others?

Caroline's mother accepts her daughter, fangs and all. A nice family moment here, and one that also leaves the door open to storylines on season three. Will Liz now use the power of her position to defend the supernatural beings in Mystic Falls?

A few more observations from an incredible final episode:

  • Jeremy has now died twice. Might he eventually be revealed as a cat? Seven more lives to go, buddy.
  • You've gotta love the spirit in Mystic Falls. The only busier people than the vampires in this town must be the costume shop owners.
  • RIP, Elijah. Probably. We think. As we've seen, it takes A LOT to kill this guy.
  • Will Alaric adopt Elena and Jeremy? There was definitely a fatherly vibe to the way he cared for the latter.

So, the only piece of good news following such a riveting finale? We have plenty of time to discuss it before a new episode airs. Do so now in the Comments section and/or our Vampire Diaries forum!


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i love you domon your the best




I hate ur show its far away from truth thats why i never missed any of the season.


I'm all for delena!! I agree that its damons time to be loved back. Love this show!! Thursday nights just won't be fun anymore til season three starts!!!


I love this show! I cant wait for the next season


awww i loved this episode!!! Loved the damon and elena scenes, could not get over it!! i cannot stop watching it makes me cry everytime!! What an awesome acting job by Ian Somerhalder, love him so much!! And of course Nina i love her too. Paul wesley's pretty cool 2 but love ian somerhalder and this ep was amazing cannot stop watching it!!


I honestly hope Katherine is gone it would allow Damon to calm down more. I really would like to see elana and Damon talk about there feelings towards each other. It toke alot out of him to even tell her that he loves her. But the fact that he did shows he is at least trying to open up to her and say his feelings out loud instead of keeping them in which was the cause of his outbursts. It was hard enough to find out after all these years that Katherine loved Stefan Now he has to go through it again it's like a slap in his face it's pretty much is making him feel like he won't ever be loved back so I think that this time he should be the one to get the girl so he knows what it feels like to be loved like he loved Katherine. :):):):)


I totally agree with KINS1984!!


I dont think Stefan abandoned Elena for Damon
He sacrificed himself for both of them
on one side, saving his Brothers life, and second,
he knows that Klaus will leave and go away from Elena, if he walks away with him.


stefan is not a boring character, he is good, loving and willing to sacrifice his happiness to save the one he love... stefan means or st.stephen is a martyr that what stefan is...salvatore means salvation maybe after season3 or 4 stefan will have salvation and will join the people he love.Now,maybe damon will worth enough to save his brother in return instead of having elena's love, get back your brother!! What a great sacrifice, it can never be paid by anything... stefan is elena's eternal love no matter what happened.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 22 Quotes

I'm the one who made him a vampire in the first place. If there's a cure, I owe it to him to find it.


Movie night is supposed to be a distraction. Tomorrow we can return to our regularly scheduled drama.


The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 22 Music

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Turn to stone Turn to Stone Ingrid Michaelson iTunes
Holding a heart Holding A Heart Girl Named Toby iTunes
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