After eight years and 171 episodes, The Vampire Diaries is coming to an end.
The Vampire Diaries premiered in 2009, which was right in the middle of the worldwide vampire craze and saw other book adaptions, such as Twilight and True Blood, satisfying the world’s love for vamps.
Vampire Diaries has had all the essential drama elements from the love triangle between a human girl and two vampire brothers, to the suspense and shocking twists and turns including numerous deaths for the same character (yup, we’re talking Bonnie Bennett).
Of course we can’t forget to mention all the different supernatural creatures from doppelgängers and werewolves to witches, hybrids and sirens, just to name a few. Some we loved, some we loved to hate such as the original vampires, who ended up with their own spin-off series, The Originals.
So how will the series end? But more importantly, will it do the show justice? This last season has felt a little scrambled as the main plot didn’t feel present in every episode. Maybe it’s just the show is tired or they’re too busy wrapping everything up in a shorter season (16 episodes). They’ve brought back multiple characters such as Tyler Lockwood, only to have him killed off. In the previous episode, we saw Vicki and Kelly Donovan return to do Katherine’s bidding. It seems like the show and this season is all about giving each character once last hurrah before wrapping, especially with a few more people (Jeremy and Elena’s real dad) coming back in this final episode.
We know Elena is back for the final episode, which felt obvious as how could you not finish the show and bring back a main character from her two season slumber. Either that or they would have had to kill her off with one of the many attacks her coffin has faced. We also know Elena will be attending a funeral for a major character. Now many think it will be the obvious choice of being Bonnie, however, surely she’s had enough of death by now? Next up is Stefan and Caroline, and if it will be either of this pair, it has to be Stefan. Then there’s Matt Donovan, is he classed as a major character? I feel like it would be sad to see him go, as he’s the only human to have made it through eight seasons, so that only leaves Damon Salvatore.
Could they really kill Damon off just as the series ends and Elena finally wakes up? Will it be Katherine who delivers the final blow? If it is Damon, they’re taking a page straight out of True Blood‘s series finale where Sookie loses Bill and then a flash-forward is shown of her living a normal life. Perhaps Elena may just end up with her original beau, Matt Donovan. If this is the case, I can guarantee there will be many disgruntled fans, just as there was for the True Blood finale. Despite everyone’s reluctance over love triangles, you do want to see someone get the girl, especially after many years of watching them.
While my love for The Vampire Diaries has wavered due to both the story and myself growing up and losing interest in the vampire world, I feel obligated to see it through and learn how it ends. It used to be one of those shows were I adored everything about it and would devote my attention fully to it, but now it’s more so playing in the background while I do something else. Regardless of this, I’ll definitely be watching and posting a review of the series finale after it airs. I more than likely will shed a tear or two as well.
Here’s hoping somebody writes in their journal just for those ‘feels’. Stefan and Elena, we’re looking at you. So get ready to say goodbye to Mystic Falls. The two-hour event kicks off with an hour-long retrospective special about the series followed by the series finale.
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