'The Vampire Diaries' Season 2, Episode 22 (Season Finale) Recap
by Jean Bentley, posted May 13th 2011 12:01AM
['The Vampire Diaries' - 'As I Lay Dying']
I've started enough of these 'Vampire Diaries' recaps recalling the exact expletives I uttered during particularly exciting episodes. But if you'll allow it, I have to do it one more time -- OH MY GOD.
To be honest, I wasn't expecting much from 'As I Lay Dying.' (Rookie mistake, I know.) It just seemed that all the events of this season led up to last week's episode, which truly did have a finale-esque feel (the sacrifice, the deaths, the bite, the Klaus not actually dying, the more deaths). Even while I was watching last night, I wasn't sure how they'd manage to go out with a bang.
But oh, me of little faith. I must've forgotten what show I was watching, because the final ten minutes -- capped with the epic last scene -- left me shaking in silence on my couch more than an hour after it ended. (Not kidding. I've never had such a visceral reaction to a TV show before.)
Jeremy's death brought us full circle from the premiere, when Damon snapped his neck. But that was supernatural, and the sheriff accidentally shooting him was fully a human error. Bonnie channeled her witch breatheren, though, and managed to bring him back. (For a hot second I really did consider the fact that my Thursdays could be Steven McQueen-less ... that's a world I don't want to live in.)
Of course, when you mess with the natural order of life there are CONSEQUENCES. I thought that meant someone else would die -- but nope. Instead it gave us a heart-attack inducing final two minutes and an AMAZING plotline for Jeremy next season.
My two absolute number one favorite dead people from 'The Vampire Diaries' episodes of yore are back -- and they're haunting Jeremy. Both of the poor kid's dead ex-girlfriends, Vicki and Anna, managed to return with nary a spoiler leaked. Now THAT'S how it's done. Take note, 'Glee' -- these people can actually keep a secret.
I can't wait to see this storyline explored next season. Was it just me, or did both girls look and sound very sinister? Could they return evil? I don't know if I could handle that.
As for the OTHER major plotline set up for next season -- Stefan is back to his evil ways, having sacrificed himself to Klaus in order to save his brother from a deadly werewolf bite. (Turns out the antidote to a werewolf bite is wolf-vamp blood.)
Listen. I'm not going to lie, Damon is my preferred Salvatore. There's something so vanilla about Stefan that doesn't appeal to me at all. (I like me some bad boys.) It's nothing against Paul Wesley, I just haven't been terribly interested in the character -- except when he turns evil or overprotective. You can tell how much fun Wesley has with it. So the idea of Evil Stefan wreaking havoc with his buddy Klaus next season? Sign me up!
But I wasn't really rooting for Elena to get together with Damon, either. I bought his attraction to her (the whole looking exactly like Katherine thing helped), but I think Elena is too smart a girl to put her trust into someone who isn't reliable 100 percent of the time (or at least 90 percent).
Still, when a man is on his deathbed and realizes all the wrong he's done in his ultra-long lifetime, you tend to forgive him. I don't think Elena's kiss was romantically motivated, at least not at first. I think she was absolving him of his wrongdoing and showing him kindness in his final moments. Unfortunately, by doing so, she couldn't deny the spark between them any longer.
Listen, they can't get together without a hitch. And this doesn't mean Stefan is out of the picture. But I think watching the chemistry between Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder next season will be highly entertaining and damn sexy. So even if you're solidly on Team Stefan, I think you should be excited about this development too.
--Is Alaric now the Gilbert family Charles in Charge?
--Some more vamp-wolf mythology: Klaus can change at will, and remembers all his kills.
--What do you think was going through Elijah's mind when Klaus stabbed him? I'm going to go with "AGAIN?!"
--Although Klaus killed his brother, he wasn't lying about not dumping his family's bodies at sea. They're in fancy wooden coffins ... in a shipping crate.
--Katherine, to Elena: "It's okay to love them both. I did."
What did you think of the finale? Game-changer or anti-climactic? Are you as obsessed with Anna and Vicki being back as I am?
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