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The Vampire Diaries Finale Review and How it Could’ve Ended

written by Tiff Hostetler March 14, 2017
Logo from the series finale of The Vampire Diaries

Now that it’s been a few days, let’s talk about The Vampire Diaries series finale. It’s been a long road for the show. I came in at either season two or three, and the show instantly became hooked. There isn’t a whole lot on The CW that I don’t like though. There are some things with Vampire Diaries that bothered me when it came to some of the bad guys, but overall I’m a big fan of the show. It’s probably because I saw the show first, but this was also the only time I’ve preferred a show to the book.

From Stefan and Elena’s first meeting to the emotional finale, the show has definitely seen its ups and downs. I feel like it ended on a high note though. All too often, series finales can be confusing, downright infuriating, or not feel like enough closure. This one left me wishing it wasn’t over, but there was about as much closure as there could be.
The Vampire Diaries left us with a happily ever after kind of feeling for most the characters. There was the heartbreaking death of Stefan, but we saw he found peace. I kind of liked how he was the one to take Katherine to Hell once and for all because of her feelings for him.
Bonnie got her magic back ten fold, so she was able to wake Elena from the sleeping beauty curse. That is what I wanted most from the finale. I was hoping Damon would get a happy ending. He was the character throughout the whole series I held out the most hope for. Seeing him get his happiness ripped away time and time again has been a roller coaster ride. I wanted to see him get his life with Elena, and for him to be happy. Then there was that big plot twist where he ended up human too! That was so good to top off the big, tear-jerking brotherly moment he had with Stefan.
Stefan and Damon from the series finale of The Vampire Diaries
Who would’ve thought that the show would come down to Caroline being the only vampire in the group? I love that the writers continue to dangle the Klaroline carrot in front of us shippers til the very end. It would be great if Alaric’s voice over about that being a story for another time meant it could happen. Maybe in The Originals or a completely different spinoffI liked the whole supernatural X-Men style school for the gifted children idea. It’s unfortunate for the town of Mystic Falls and their sheriffs department though. Seeing Jeremy again was nice, even if it was for about two whole seconds. We saw that he is indeed still vampire hunting.
That was another thing I think was great about the finale. It brought so many characters back. Most of them are dead, but still. The whole theme of them all finding peace at the very end was nice, even if it was slightly confusing for a moment when it came to Elena and Damon’s part.
How about that last line though?! “Hello, brother.” Just like when Damon’s character was first introduced and the part with the crow in the graveyard, mirroring when it all began. During the whole finale, it was clear they were looking to give fans their all.
Damon in the final scene of The Vampire Diaries finale.

This wasn’t the original plan for how The Vampire Diaries was supposed to end though!

Around season two, producers had thought that both brothers would die for Elena. That wouldn’t have been a huge surprise. What wouldn’t have been so great? If she would’ve actually ended up with Matt, which is something the producers once saw as a possibility. Julie Plec said in an interview with EW that, ““We had fallen in love with this series and this story about two brothers who loved the same girl and the love triangle was kicking into high gear, we said to ourselves: When all is said and done, when this show is over, both brothers should die in the name of saving their girl and then be watching her like ghostsBecause we had introduced the Other Side — as she went off into the sunset to live her life and maybe marry Matt Donovan or maybe become a doctor, but that those brothers would be side-by-side watching her live. That was the thing that made us cry all the tears in season 2.”
As the show progressed and changed, they thankfully moved away from the Matt route. However, maybe if Nina Dobrev (Elena) wouldn’t have left the show, her character could’ve ended up back on the other side of the love triangle. Or that’s what Plec said she would’ve liked to see.  “If Nina had never left, I would’ve loved to have been able to see if Stefan and Elena could’ve found their way back to each other. I don’t know if they could have, but had that departure not been a part of it, the long game would’ve been to see if we could bring the love triangle back around before the series ended and really leave a choice. But her departure sealed the romantic contract between Damon and Elena. In that moment, to me, the show ceased to be about a love triangle and became a show about the power of these brothers and their love for each other. And so there was no way in hell I was killing both of them and leaving neither of them with the happy ending. It just was never going to happen.”
I’m sure for a Stelena shipper that’s sort of nice to hear, but I for one am happy it didn’t go in that direction. Even though Elena was still in focus sometimes, I’m glad they pushed more for the brother’s bond in the last few seasons.
Personally, I was pleased with how it all ended. How did you feel about the finale?

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