Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Finale

It’s been a long time since I’ve gotten so emotional over a TV show. I’ve enjoyed The Vampire Diaries all season, but the season finale…wow. Just wow. From the way the last few episodes went, I knew big things would be coming in the season finale, but I wasn't prepared for all the twists and turns that left my head spinning for hours afterward.

First, let me say that I’ve been a fan of the show from the very first episode. I was an avid watcher of the first season, but I missed a lot of the second season because they moved the day and time it was on (I don’t get CW, it’s on a Canadian channel for me), and then watched the entire third season, so I was kind of lost at the beginning of this season. I didn’t know where Jenna went, I didn’t know who Klaus was, and there were a few other holes that it took me awhile to fill in.

I’ve always kind of flip-flopped between Team Stefan and Team Damon. I guess if I had to choose, I’d choose Stefan - not necessarily for myself, but for Elena. I think in the long run, he’s better for her. But, because I’ve switched sides so often over the last three years, I had no idea who Elena would choose, or ultimately who I wanted her to choose. Whether you're for Stelena or Delena, you have to admit that she had a tough choice to make.

I’d also like to point out that Ric has been one of my favorite characters from the beginning, so his ‘death’ and then him becoming a vampire a few episodes ago, and then him really dying in the finale made me completely lose it. Why, oh why do shows find it necessary to kill off beloved characters?!

Anyway, my thoughts on the season finale are kind of disjointed. Because I don’t get CW, I have to watch the show Friday nights on Much Music. I don’t usually mind - Friday night is my favorite TV night, with TVD, CSI: NY, and Blue Bloods, but this Thursday night, I didn’t want to be out of the loop. I hate reading spoilers, and I didn’t want to go all day Friday avoiding Facebook and Twitter. So, thanks to TVD Addictions, I got the link to watch it online, and was able to tweet along with a gazillion other people and get everyone else’s impressions of the show.

I don’t think I have to warn you about major spoiler alerts here…if you haven’t watched the finale yet, and don’t want to know what happened, don’t read any further!

First emotional moment: When Ric found Jeremy at the bar and asked for his help finding Klaus. When he asked Jeremy to help him so Elena could live out her life, and then when she died, he would die, my heart broke a little. He always wanted what was best for Elena and Jeremy, and he genuinely cared about them. He wasn’t just their guardian, he loved them.

Tension easer: When Elijah came to the Gilbert home and they were all talking about letting the siblings have Klaus’s body, and it was so serious and intense, and all of a sudden we realize Damon’s on the phone - hilarious. His reaction was classic - “Did that concussion give you brain damage?!” It was a great way to lighten the mood.

Another emotional moment: When Elena and Stefan were talking, and Elena said it felt like everyone who left didn’t come back, and Stefan said, “I promise I will do everything in my power to make sure we all come back,” and then Elena asked him to wait, then said they could talk later, and Stefan kissed her and said, “Just in case there is no later.” I totally swooned. *sigh* The Team Stefan part of me definitely cheered then…and cried a little. And maybe even clapped.

Shocking moment: When Ric staked Klaus. I honestly didn’t think that was going to happen. I knew they'd find some way around it because they couldn't just let everyone else die, but I couldn't imagine how they were going to do it, so in the moment it was devastating.

Yet another emotional moment: After Klaus was staked and Damon and Stefan were talking on the phone, and Stefan said they wouldn’t be able to say goodbye in person, and Damon said something about a goodbye between brothers, and Stefan said, “Not us. You and Elena.” Despite the fact that Stefan loved her, he knew she had feelings for Damon and that Damon loved her, and he thought they should get a chance to say goodbye. I was amazed at his selflessness.

Another tear-jerker moment: When Elena was talking to Damon on the phone and he said, “If it was just down to him and me, and you had to make a choice who got the goodbye, who would it be?” and she chooses Stefan and says, “I care about you, Damon, which is why I have to let you go. Maybe if you and I had met first…” That broke my heart.

When my heart really broke: When they did the flashback and it turns out Damon met Elena first. “You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure. Maybe a little danger.” I actually felt almost sick. I just sat there with my mouth open. And the fact that that’s what Damon was thinking about when Ric was basically about to kill him, after Elena had told him that if they had met first, things might be different. *dagger in the heart*

When my broken heart shattered: The moment Ric died. I actually wasn’t worried about Elena (although that whole thing was emotional with her dad in the car, and Stefan saving her in the flashback, then saving Matt in the present), because I know they couldn’t kill her off, but I knew there was a good chance Ric was leaving. I completely lost it. And when he appeared to Jeremy as a ghost, I literally started to bawl. I can’t decide if that was worse than a few episodes ago when everyone said goodbye to Ric and then he ‘died’ alone with Damon. Regardless, I cried like a baby both times.

Now, sometimes I’m a little dense and things go over my head, or my mind wanders and I’ll miss a few important seconds and then be lost. If it weren’t for Twitter, I wouldn’t have realized that Elena is now a vampire (or technically, she's 'in transition'). I missed Meredith saying that she ‘helped her’. So…Elena’s a vampire?? And what about Tyler? If Klaus is in his body, who was in Klaus’s body when Ric staked him? Did Bonnie switch them, and Tyler’s now dead? And if Tyler is dead and Klaus is now the inhabitant of his body, does that mean Joseph Morgan won’t be returning?

If Ric is a ghost, does that mean he’s sticking around? Matt Davis announced on Twitter yesterday that the pilot for his new show was picked up, so if he’s going to star in a new show, I’m guessing he won’t be a regular on TVD. Hopefully he’ll at least make ghostly appearances now and then. The show won’t be the same without him.

I have to say this was the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers. I know a lot of fans are in an uproar. I’m just curious, and anxious for the next season (four months…why?!), and can’t wait to have all my questions answered and see what happens. No pressure on the writers or producers or anything, but the season premier had better be as epic as the season finale! ;-)

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