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Hero Moments, The Cure & Elena Chooses a Brother in The Vampire Diaries Season Finale

By on May 17, 2013
Nina Dobrev as Elena. Image © CW Network

Nina Dobrev as Elena. Image © CW Network

By Mandy Treccia

The season finale of The Vampire Diaries was mind blowing. In the span of an hour: Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) had hero moments, Elena (Nina Dobrev) made a choice between the brothers, the cure was ingested, Bonnie (Kat Graham) dealt with the ghosts, and we finally got to see why the season long Silas mystery was important.

“Graduation” took a small break from the heavy stuff to allow Elena, Caroline (Candice Accola), Matt (Zach Roerig) and Bonnie to stroll across the stage in their caps and gowns and accept their diplomas. It was a beautiful reminder that these are teenagers and this was a big moment in their lives. The hug the four shared with Stefan (Paul Wesley) before the ceremony was also wonderful.

Before the ceremony, Matt was standing on a bomb, courtesy of one of The Five supernatural hunters. They wanted Silas and the cure and they didn’t care who got hurt in the process. Rebekah distracted Matt by offering to take him on a trip around the world and then she kissed him, allowing him to get away while she took his place on the bomb since she can’t be killed. When everything was said and done, Matt still wanted to go on the trip, but he warned Rebekah their relationship was not the forever kind. After three seasons of misery, it was refreshing to see Rebekah get a happy ending, even if it is a temporary one.

Pictured (L-R): Candice Accola as Caroline, Nina Dobrev as Elena, and Kat Graham as Bonnie -- Photo: Annette Brown/The CW -- © 2013 The CW Network

Pictured (L-R): Candice Accola as Caroline, Nina Dobrev as Elena, and Kat Graham as Bonnie — Photo: Annette Brown/The CW — © 2013 The CW Network

The ghosts showed up after graduation and the witches that Caroline had killed wanted revenge. Suddenly, the witch ended up decapitated by flying graduation cap and a smiling Klaus warned the ghosts that he could do that all day. Klaus and Caroline shared a private moment and as a graduation present, he told her that Tyler could come back. He understood that Tyler was her first love, but he told her that he would be her last, however long that would take. Klaus kissed her on the cheek, which wasn’t exactly what their fans had been hoping for, but it was still a sweet ending for the couple that never quite was as Klaus departs Mystic Falls.

Damon (Ian Somerhalder) handed the cure to Elena and told her to take it, but she refused, proving that the sire bond was no longer there. Elena gave the cure to Stefan instead, pointing out that he was the only person worse than her at being a vampire. The two shared one of their longing, chemistry-filled glances, but the writing was on the wall and Stefan knew it. Elena went to Damon and finally told him that she loved him and he was the one that she wanted. For the first time since the triangle began, it felt genuine. This season allowed us to watch Elena’s love for Damon grow and this was the only believable choice after an emotional rollercoaster.

Poor Stefan heard the entire conversation, but Lexi (Arielle Kebbel) was there to comfort him. As the two prepared to head off to dispose of Silas, things were tense between Stefan and Damon. Stefan admitted that he was sad about Elena, but that didn’t mean that he wasn’t happy for his brother. It was such a touching moment and a reminder that the real love story on this show is between the Salvatore brothers.

Elena went searching for Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) for a final goodbye before Bonnie put the veil back up. Instead, she found Katherine (Dobrev). The doppelgangers had a knock-down, drag out fight, each accusing the other of ruining her life and happiness. Katherine is older and stronger so it didn’t take too long for her to get the upper hand. As she reached into Elena’s chest and grabbed her heart, Elena flashed back to her conversation with Stefan when she gave him the cure. He told her that he’d gone through all of this to give her the choice of whether or not she wanted to take it and it would always be her choice.
As Katherine literally yanked on her heart, Elena pulled the cure out of her pocket and shoved it down Katherine’s throat, forcing her to swallow it. Katherine passed out and Elena told her to enjoy her human existence. This was such a good twist. The rivalry between the two was getting stale and next season will be an entirely new ballgame with a human Katherine.

(L-R): Joseph Morgan as Klaus and Candice Accola as Caroline -Photo: Curtis Baker/The CW

(L-R): Joseph Morgan as Klaus and Candice Accola as Caroline -Photo: Curtis Baker/The CW

Bonnie began the spell to put the veil back up and ghosts started disappearing. Jeremy wanted to talk, but Bonnie kissed him instead. As the spell completed, Jeremy choked and Bonnie realized that her spell to resurrect him had worked. Jeremy was thrilled to be alive, but he quickly figured out that Bonnie was dead. She promised him that she’d be okay with the other witches and they could still talk, but she didn’t want anyone else to know. Bonnie showed a true moment of selflessness when she pointed out that her friends were happy for the first time and she wanted them to stay that way for a little while.

Stefan arrived at the quarry and discovered that Silas’ body was gone. Silas appeared as Elena and explained that the spell ended when the witch died. Then he told Stefan that he was the one who had created the immortality spell and since nature needed a balance, he had to create a shadow version of himself, someone who could be killed, a doppelganger. Stefan assumed that he was talking about the Petrova line, but Silas’ reflection in the car window showed otherwise. His true face was Stefan’s; Stefan is Silas’ doppelganger. Stefan barely had time to digest that before Silas staked him in the stomach, shoved him in a crate and threw it into the water.

The ending was without a doubt the most brilliant twist yet on the series and there have been some great ones. Now we know why Silas was so adamant that no one could see his true face all season. So many possibilities have been opened up for Season 5 and we cannot wait to see how all of this unfolds.