The Vampire Diaries: My Favorite Parts of the Finale in Bullet Points

That’s for me to know and you to dot, dot, dot.

It’s been 8 seasons of pure epic-ness. There’s been loss, love, Vampires, Witches, Originals, Werewolves, Travelers, Heretics, Gemini Coven’s, Kai Parker’s (deserves his own category), revenge, humanity switches, more loss and literal devils, better known as Cade and Katherine—just to name a few! But, in the end justice was served and peace was found.

For weeks and weeks, I pondered how the phenomenon would end. I picked my brain when I was supposed to be sleeping, working (SHH), eating, breathing and driving. I tried to get into the mindset of creators Julie and Kevin, but still nothing.

I drove family, friends and most often my co-workers, CRAZY. I wasn’t ready; I don’t think anyone was but the way it ended was utterly perfect.

Loss, darkness, light, self-appreciation, family and redemption that’s what The Vampire Diaries is about. If you disagree then in the wise words of Klaus Mikaelson—kindly, piss off. Only Kidding!  

Totally kidding. I know that some fans are left disheartened with the ending. In fact, I think that’s the perfect word to use because while you may have wanted more Delena or Stelena screen time, I still think it’s fair to say we have been fulfilled.

There was insight and homage to every character’s story start to finish, which I’ve read was important for Julie and Kevin to give to the fans. Conclusions were spoken out loud or left open for speculation and we might even have wiggle room for some fan favorites to cross over into New Orleans. (Hello Caroline, I’m talking to you!)

So, while we’re left to grieve TVD it’s important to remember and respect that the television version of TVD belongs to Julie and Kevin. It’s their story and given their sacrifice and respect to end the show at a time where they could complete their character’s endings rather than just ending them, we should be thankful. The story came full circle, and to me it was beautiful.

Here are my personal favorite moments of the series finale:

  • Matt & Vicki’s Dad coming to see Vick for one last goodbye***–(cue tear)
  • Caroline & Stefan’s final “I love you”—the ENTIRE “I understand” phone call–(cue tear(s))
  • Stefan & Elena’s reunion/goodbye.“I wanted you to have an opportunity to get to know him.”–(gushing, I’m gushing)
  • STEFAN AND LEXI’S EPIC MOMENT***–(blubbering)
  • “Goodbye, Brother”–(I’m sobbing)
  • Matt’s tears and strong will to see Mystic Falls through until the end, Dad by his side. Oh those devoted Donovan’s!–(smile break, more tears)
  • Everything Bonnie, that kick-ass heroine–(cheering!)
  • LIZ FORBES and Caroline moment—(hyperventilation time)
  • JOE watching Alaric and twins—(refer to above emotion)
  • Klaus’ letter—($3 million! and Klaus!!)
  • Caroline and Damon’s moment in the Salvatore Crypt—(weeping)
  • Damon and Elena’s first eye lock—(chills)
  • The PLACEMENT of Caroline’s (gifted from Stefan) Mystic Falls snow globe, Elena’s necklace and Damon’s ring***—(stopped breathing entirely for 30 seconds)
  • Elena’s serenity—(happy tears)
  • Hi AUNT JENNA & Gilbert Family!***–(streaming happy tears)
  • Damon and Stefan’s final bro hug***—(obviously sitting in a sopping wet shirt due to copious amount of waterworks, but so what why are you judging me?)

In the end, everyone arrived home, both figuratively and literally. I could not have expected the TVD ending to bring me better closure. I love the idea that the people we love never really leave us, that they’re only watching over us until it’s time to meet again.

P.S. If you watched the finale, you don’t need proof of the tears as I’m sure you had/have enough of your own but for giggles I’ve posted pics of me and my sister below! Along with the treats made for my TVD Forever party-I know get a life already, Emily! and maybe I will now that TVD Fridays are over ;).

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The Vampire Diaries: Hello, Brother It’s the Finale

Goodbye, Brother.

It’s a cold, wet and snowy morning here in New York. My alarm rings at 6:45 and as I open my eyes I realize, it’s here! Today is the day the series finale of The Vampire Diaries airs after 8 wholesome years. As promised, it’s been a hell of a ride.

I get in my car, and on the radio playing is the Eagles – Heartache Tonight and for a Vampire Diaries fanatic as big as myself, truer words were never spoken.

Scrolling through the internet for as much news as I could find about TVD (a regular occurrence), I found this article about why showrunner Julie Plec decided it was time to end TVD and I assure you, there is no better reason!

As stated in Variety, “we hadn’t been cancelled; we hadn’t had the plug pulled—we had chosen to say goodbye.” She goes on to say that she did not want to run the show into the ground simply because it was hard to say goodbye and that many shows don’t get the chance to give their story its final and deserved chapter.

For that, I consider us TVD fans lucky! We get the ending the story deserves. In the meantime, can someone get in touch with Damon? (A guy named Trevor in Season 2 said Craigslist has the vampire hookup.) I’d like to be compelled to forget everything so I can experience it all over again for the first time!

As we’re left to “dot, dot, dot” about tonight’s finale, let’s talk about it. All we know for the most part is that this goodbye is going to be epic! As Katherine’s taking over Hell comes full circle on the show, we too come full circle with closure.

In case you didn’t know, TVD was inspired by loss. Writer, Kevin Williamson said that when Julie approached him about the show, he was in the process of grieving from great loss. His creative energy and perspective has proven to have a profound and lasting impression on us all as the TVD Fandom is so big.

TVD taught us that we must fight to survive sometimes, or all the time but who’s counting? In honor of tonight’s final episode here’s a toast to mortality—being who we are and accepting and finding strength in the struggles we may face!

In the wise words of Julie Plec, “…closure is so powerful both in life and fiction. Each goodbye is real.”

What do you guys think will happen in tonight’s finale? Do you think one of the main characters will die? Will it be forever-ever? Do you think there’s a possibility for anyone to be a crossover on the Originals? Let me know!

The Vampire Diaries: Behind the Scenes of a Beloved TVD Character & Hints at What’s to Come

The year was 1864…

Just kidding—I’d say the year was 2009, when co-creator and executive producer of TVD Kevin Williamson had gone for a jog in Atlanta, Georgia. He states in an article with Entertainment Weekly that as he passed the Margaret Mitchell House he decided to stop in the museum.

Kevin knew that inside would tell the tale of one powerful woman’s story, Scarlett O’Hara from Gone with the Wind but what he did not know was that inside that same room a new powerful woman’s story would also be born. Kew the notorious Katerina Petrova a.k.a the cunning Katherine Pierce (more to come on her, later!).

In the museum, he said that he read all about Scarlett and how she was a survivor rooted between history and her legacy. That she was an opportunist who loved two men because each one had represented something different. So, I ask you, my TVD friends—does this sound familiar?

It should because (SPOILER ALERT)! I know, I know… I said I didn’t want to read them, but this one’s all sorts of exciting…

Katherine Pierce is said to make a comeback—as confirmed by Julie Plec, TVD’s co-creator and executive producer on Twitter.

The undertone of Katherine’s story fills me with excitement and joy. As Kevin states,

“I’m not a flashback or a period person ever, but we have to tell the story of where it all began. This is Katherine’s story.”

It’s lovely in my opinion, the moments that take place when a new idea is formed—the mysteries and excitement that live behind an authentic thought. The meaning behind inspiration and creativity are significant and they are what give TV shows like The Vampire Diaries, depth.

As you know, Katherine Pierce is a survivor. She says the iconic line time and again, “better you die than I”. She survived child-birth, the death of her family and 500 years of running from an immortal hybrid. We thought Katherine lived a long and full life, then died of old age… but apparently, she survived that too!

I find the hidden details that Kevin Williamson supplies Samantha Highfill, from Entertainment Weekly, with about the development of Katherine’s character to be refreshing. It makes me want to know more and inspires me to create. It’s an admirable BTS read and I highly recommend checking out the full post about his favorite scene for yourselves.

I can’t wait to see exactly how Miss Katherine returns to Mystic Falls and if there is anyone else we will reconnect with along the way. Do you care to weigh in on my Vampire Diaries obsession? Do you think that Katherine’s going to appear in the flesh or as a ghost? How do you think she survived the other side? Let me know!

The Vampire Diaries: 5 Character Recap From Start to Finish

If you’re anything like myself, you’re having a hard time saying goodbye to The Vampire Diaries. As the end draws near, and in effort to stay sane, I’m reflecting on Mystic Falls personalities beginning with season 1 and ending with season 8.

Dear Diary: I made it through the day. I must have said, “I’m fine, thanks” at least 37 times, and I didn’t mean it once.

Those are the wise words of a courageous girl named Elena Gilbert— and oh! how relatable they’ve been to me since the announcement of season 8 being TVD’s last!

You know the bitter sweet feeling, the one where Damon places that perfectly devious grin we’ve gotten to know so well on his face, yet he’s about to tear someone’s very own beating heart out of their chest at the same time? That’s the constant state of feeling I’ve been stuck in. With one hand, I’m holding on to TVD for dear life, but with the other, I’m graciously awaiting the finale. I know the end is soon and I can’t wait to see just how beautiful and epic of an ending our TVD family will give us.

I’ve been trying to avoid spoilers, so instead I want to talk character growth from start to finish. Let’s get to it:

1. Matt Donovan

Matt has grown into quite the protector. Evolving from a lost boy with (no) family to someone who deeply cares for his town and the well-being of the human population in Mystic Falls. He will do whatever it takes, even if it means sacrificing his life along the way to protect them. He feels it is his duty to stand up and protect his people, as he remained faithful to his kind all along. His bitter feelings toward vampires takes a toll on even his closest friendships and in the final seasons you can really feel his pain, suffering and feelings for retribution.

2. Damon Salvatore

Let’s face it, Damon is as selfish as he is confident. He risks everything for his one love throughout the entire series, but in this final season you can begin to tell that it’s not only about the love of that one girl, but also about the love of his brother. As a character, he develops into the hero, rather than the great villain he was always portrayed to be.

3. Caroline Forbes

Caroline Forbes seems to have evolved the most as a character. She’s grown from this “shallow as a kiddie pool” teenager to the glue that holds the crew together. She’s no longer worried about throwing the best party but rather fighting for it all to keep everyone happy—even if that means she will not get her own happy ending, or a June wedding.

4. Bonnie Bennett

Bon-Bon has for once tried to put her happiness above others. However, being the kind of person she is, it’s not that simple. From the get-go, Bonnie has been the one to put her own life on the line time and again to save Elena from the very start, even if it meant she had to die. In fact, she had sacrificed herself many times before. This holds true to her character until the very end, because in losing herself, or the one she loves, she suffers all the same.

5. Stefan Salvatore

I guess it’s safe to say that along the ride, Stefan has misplaced his “Hero Hair.” Stefan has gone from the timid, unsure of himself as a vampire type of character to remorseful ripper many times throughout the series. I’m unsure, as I’m certain we all are, of his defining character moments in these final few episodes—but I’m sure his hero hair is in there somewhere.

I’m super excited to see tonight’s episode, “The Lies Are Going to Catch Up with You.” Do you agree or disagree with my thoughts on the Mystic Falls gang? Do you have any idea of what’s to come next? Let me know! I’d love to chat about it. Fangs for reading.