Since “Founder’s Day” aired on Thursday night, I’ve been trying to think of a better season finale. One more action-packed, emotionally traumatizing, full of “unexpected surprises” (to quote Damon); an episode that was funny and sweet and scary and left me hanging in, like, 900 different ways. Haven’t come up with anything yet. I love this show.
Let’s talk about the last five minutes first. In retrospect, there were so many clues. The opening scene mirroring the end — we see Elena dressed up as Katherine in the opener, Katherine dressed up as Elena in the end. On the porch, she’s not wearing her vervain necklace, her outfit’s slightly different, and she’s just, well, kinda off. Would Elena not pull away when Damon goes in for the kiss? Would Elena do that after what she just said to Stefan? Would she look at Jenna like that? Of course she wouldn’t! But I bought it. I was freaking out. I cannot believe how smart the writers were (well, I can actually believe it after this season of awesome but…) — they give the Team Damon fans what we’ve been waiting for. A smoking hot make-out. And they keep the Team Stefan fans happy: Elena loves Stefan and that wasn’t her kissing Damon. Ah! So exciting.
I have no shame in admitting that I didn’t know it was Katherine until those fingers were flying across the cutting board. I was just thinking, Would she? Would she kiss Damon and then come in here and eye those knives like she wants to murder Uncle John? How much can Elena take before she cracks? My brain was near to exploding when I finally clued in. (Part of the problem: I had read some interview with Julie or Kevin or a cast member where they said that Katherine wasn’t going to show up in the season finale. And I believed them. Trickery!)
I could talk about the Katherine/Elena trick for this whole post but there was so so much more so onward:
Jeremy and Anna. These two break my effing heart. As I re-watch the season (I’m working on the episode guide of my book this week), pretty much every scene with Jeremy makes me want to cry, now knowing where he ends up and how empty he feels after the mind-wipe. Remember in “Haunted” when he’s crying in his room after Vicki died and he says to Elena, “Why does everyone have to die on me?” As much as I just want to run in his room and pump his stomach, his decision to end his human life, become a vampire, and turn off his feelings makes total sense — from his perspective. And it just breaks my heart.
I’m so nervous for next season: what kind of vampire will he become? What if he teams up with Katherine? I can only hope he partners with the Salvatore brothers. Of course, I’m making the assumption that he completes the transition — will he? Did anyone tell him about the part where you have to drink human blood? Did Elena write about that in her diary? This is going to sound creepy but will Uncle John be fresh enough for Jer to drink his blood? That way, he isn’t harming anybody but he still completes the transition and doesn’t die. As for Anna, I was really upset to see her go. I read someone’s theory that Uncle John was mercy killing Anna, staking her so she wouldn’t burn alive. But I don’t know about that. I think he was killing her because she reached out to him. Fingers crossed for flashbacks in season 2 that bring Anna and Pearl back. I am really curious about their backstory, and hope it’ll be revealed.
(And if you’re feeling depressed about Anna and Jeremy, I recommend Malese Jow’s facebook photos. She and Steven R. McQueen were at that JoBros concert at the Grove the other day. They are very much alive and happy and good looking. It warms the heart.)
Tyler, Matt, and Caroline. How freaking cool was Tyler’s eye?? So so cool. Not so cool was how scary the accident scene was — seeing Tyler react to the vampire dog-whistle (Sarah Deeee called it that & now that’s all I can call it) and lose control of the car. They teased the Tyler plot for season 2 just enough throughout this season. Makes me even more confident that they’ve held on to enough interesting stuff to keep the momentum going with the show.
We’d seen Caroline lying in the road in the promo so that wasn’t a big surprise. But it came when I was already emotionally exhausted by the episode. I just refuse to think that there is any other possible outcome from her internal injuries than total recovery. I wasn’t a fan of Mayor Lockwood but i don’t think it’ll do Tyler any good to lose his father (not that it ever does anyone any good…). Carol Lockwood’s reaction to the Mayor going down surprised me. I assumed she would know about the “Lockwood curse,” but she had no idea why he was affected. (I wonder who’s going to run for Mayor of Mystic Falls?)
Bonnie. Hmm. Bonnie. I have mixed feelings about Little Miss Bonnie. Unarguably, she is fierce and amazing when she gets her witchy ju-ju going, taming the flames so Stefan could rescue Damon. (Was she holding Elena’s arm to stop her from going in, or to draw power from her anger, or both?) I’m not sure I 100% agree with her decision to kill Damon if he spills innocent blood and to take Stefan out if he gets in the way. It’s that last bit that bugs me most, but also the vigilante justice aspect. With great power comes great responsibility, Bonnie. Think What Would Grams Do before you kill any Salvatore brothers.
Stefan and Damon. Not to brush over Stefan but . . . he didn’t have a whole lot of craziness happening in this episode — he was heroic; he saved his brother and for that I thank him; and I loved the scene with him and Elena when she declares herself true to him (as much as I’m hot for Damon, I don’t actually want Stefan and Elena to break up). But Damon, man. Think about who this guy was when he showed up in the pilot. And now he’s thanking people? He’s trying to save the townsfolk of Mystic Falls? He’s hurting because he wasn’t able to save Anna and he had to lie there paralyzed and just watched her die. And he’s trying to do right by Jeremy — telling him the truth because Damon knows it’s the lies that hurt Jeremy most. After seeing so much change in Damon this season (and consequently people around him, like Elena, have decided he’s worth caring about), next season is going to be a real doozy for him. Will he feel responsible for Jeremy turning? He did tell him that life is easier as a vampire. When will he realize that he was kissing Katherine, not Elena? (If he had known when he turned away, he would never have walked away and left Katherine in the Gilbert house.) How mercilessly will Katherine mock him for the sweet things he said to “Elena” on the porch? It will crush him. Oh Damon. Can he take it in stride and not revert to his old murderous ways?
So much to think about! I’m sure there are TONS of things I’ve glossed over or forgotten. And I’ll probably end up posting again after re-watching but until then — what did you think? Sound off below!