Discussing all things The Vampire Diaries and last night’s Season 6 finale. Spoilers. So many spoilers ahead. SO. MANY. Let’s get this TV Friday thing started.
I watched. I attempted to organize my thoughts. I failed. Let’s discuss.
The Vampire Diaries – Season 6 Finale Review
“I’m Thinking of You All The While” was a beautifully tragic goodbye – To more than just Elena Gilbert… But mostly to Elena Gilbert.
Obviously, if you watch TVD, then you know Nina Dobrev did not renew her contract and was leaving the show at the end of this season. This was it. The end for Nina Dobrev, which meant the end for Elena Gilbert. I liked that we knew Nina was 100% leaving, because that meant when I started the episode I knew by the end that one way or another, Elena wouldn’t be in the show anymore. I just wanted to know HOW they were going to do it. I’ll discuss this further in a second.
First, let’s talk Jo. Sad to see Jo and her babies die. My heart broke watching Alaric holding her dead body and crying. Tragic. Also, curious to see how Alaric pulls through this whole ordeal (loved Elena’s advice to him at the end). I’d be into The Vampire Diaries showing someone ACTUALLY DEALING WITH THEIR GRIEF. Alaric doesn’t get to flip a switch, so I’m ready to see an average human handle his grief. Yes, TVD, do this – Without making him an alcoholic, because that’s tired and played out.
Now we have to talk about Liv and Tyler. We knew Michael Trevino was also leaving TVD at the end of the season (ish, i think he might be returning for a little tiny bit in the season 7 opener), and I was pretty curious about how they were going to make us care about that at all. To be honest, Tyler hasn’t had the amazing character arc that he should’ve gotten. That happens when a show has (or had, i guess) as many characters as TVD has (had). Liv begging Tyler to kill her, so he could trigger his werewolf curse, and live? One of my favorite scenes of the episode. Beautifully, heartbreakingly tragic. Liv was going to die anyway, so it wasn’t totally unrealistic for Tyler to agree to killing her, which made it more heartbreaking and less “WTF?”.
I have to mention Kai now, because UGH.. I’m so sad to see his character go!! I truly loved that actor and I LOVED Kai as the villain!! I know his death really HAD to happen, because it’s not something that would’ve worked to drag it on into Season 7, but I’m still bummed about it, because I really liked Kai. I loved to hate him, ya know? But his death scene? YES. “Heads it is.” – Damon. If he had to die, that was the perfect way. Perfection.
I do want to mention, just for a second, how much I appreciated that Stefan had his whole dialogue about Elena not coming into his life to be his great love, but she came into his life to bring him back to Damon, because of the way she loved Damon. LOVED. Also, I DO ship #Steroline. I like the incredibly complicated love story they’re playing with Caroline and Stefan. I love that they’re giving it a slow build and that the complications feel real.
Okay, now let’s talk about the major storyline of the episode – Elena.
I thought that killing Elena Gilbert off for good would’ve been the easy way out for TVD. It also wouldn’t have fit into a storyline that truly made sense or that would’ve allowed the characters, mainly Damon, to move on from it. On the flip side, I wasn’t sure they’d be able to make a realistic reason for Elena leaving Mystic Falls for good. But this? This was a good twist. One I appreciated and loved a lot.
Elena isn’t dead, but she’s almost as good as? Her life is tied to Bonnie’s. As long as Bonnie is alive, Elena stays asleep, just as she is. A twist that totally fits this show. For only half a second did I actually believe that Damon was going to let Bonnie die, so Elena could wake up. Instead he saved her from Kai, which was too perfect. “Thought I was going to leave you all alone? No way, I’m not out of nicknames for you yet.” SIDE NOTE: I JUST REALLY WANT BONNIE AND DAMON TO BE BEST FRIENDS!! PLEASE JUST LET THIS HAPPEN, TVD!
Also yes, I cried. Actually cried HARD during some of the goodbye scenes with Elena. Elena, Bonnie, and Caroline saying goodbye? Tears. So many tears. Then they brought out the feathers and Bonnie made them float and I almost sobbed. “Write it all down” TEARS.
My only gripe with the goodbye scenes was that Elena and Jeremy’s was the worst. What the hell? That’s your SISTER. You might never see her again.. And I got zero emotion? What? Yea, so I was more than a little disappointed in that, but everyone else had a heartbreaking goodbye, which was naturally, the point.
I can’t even deal with the Damon and Elena goodbye. Can’t. Even. Deal. That dance scene? WHAT?! Tears. Again, Beautifully tragic. I’ve been a #Delena shipper since Season 1, Episode 3, so since before it was cool to be a Delena shipper. So yea, I cried during their goodbye.
Where Does The Vampire Diaries Go From Here?
It looks like Momma Salvatore and Enzo (UGH! why is he still a thing?!) and the merry band of Vampire Witches (??) will be the new big bad next year. I think this could work. I liked that in Season 6 TVD brought back a big bad family type thing, because that works for them. Cough The Originals cough. So I think this could work for Season 7. We’ll see.
I’m most curious about the ending time jump cliffhanger they gave us and also seeing Damon and Stefan figure out this brother thing. I’m just really curious to see Damon without Elena.
Can The Vampire Diaries survive without Nina Dobrev? Ehh.. I don’t know. I think it can try, and try it will! What do you think?