‘The Vampire Diaries’ Review: An Epic Ending

Where do I even start? I haven’t really even stopped crying yet. There are so many emotions flowing through me right now and I don’t even know how to handle them. Every show that has ended that I’ve had a real emotional connection to I’ve been an emotional wreck when it ended. This was no difference. The Vampire Diaries have gotten me through a lot. I discovered the show at a time when I really needed it. Then after discovering it, it helped me through my aunt’s death. It’s been a love of mine for the last five years. Yes, I didn’t start watching it from the beginning. I’ve had shows end that I’ve been watching since day one, so to everyone who watched this show from day one, I feel you. But, for me, it was better that I found it later because that’s when I needed it most.

All good things come to an end. I understand that but that doesn’t mean it hurts any less. I realize that I’ve got to almost 200 words and haven’t even barely spoken about the finale. To everyone who is feeling emotional right now, are you thinking about all the ways this show touched you? Because I am.

Let’s get to the episode. I didn’t want Bonnie to die because I thought that would be too predictable. And that truly was. But still, we knew someone was dying. I never thought it would be Stefan. Or maybe I just desperately didn’t want it to be him. Which is very true. Steroline is one of my all time favorite couples and I wanted them to have their fairy tale ending. If we’re thinking about the old fairy tales, the dark ones, then they did get their fairy tale ending.

Poetically speaking, it makes sense that Stefan was the one to sacrifice himself. He was the one that felt like he had the most redemption to work for. He never felt he could redeem himself after making his brother turn into a vampire.

It’s incredibly hard for me to write this post because I have so many emotions rights now. As everything is settling in, I’m happy with it, even if I’m forever going to be heartbroken about Steroline. Caroline has been through so much pain and I didn’t want this for her.

With Cami gone, it makes sense as a storyteller to leave Klaroline open. Candice King has said she has no intentions of going on to The Originals but that doesn’t mean Julie Plec can’t leave that open. As Lexi said, you get more than one epic love, especially as a vampire.

I was so happy to see a glimpse of Lexi. And that Lexi and Stefan got reunited in heaven.

In so many ways, everyone got their happy ending, even if it hurt.

There were so many beautiful scenes. When all the Bennett witches came to help Bonnie. The reuniting of Matt, his sister, and his father. Stefan and Damon fighting over who would sacrifice themselves. Lexi and Stefan being reunited. Stefan telling Elena what he had done. Caroline saying goodbye to Stefan in a voice mail and him hearing it.

This was the most heartbreaking episode of TVD and it was the most beautiful. It’s so hard to wrap up eight years that everyone will love but I think Julie did a great job. I cried more than I have had for an episode and my heart is still heavy. I can’t let go of these characters but I’ve never really let go of the characters of all the shows I’ve loved. I just relive their stories over and over again. I will do the same with these incredible characters.

Mandy Carr

Editor and Founder, Primetime Addiction

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