It’s been an interesting—and at times enormously frustrating season. I do not think season four of Vampire Diaries will go down as my favorite, from the uneven storytelling to the overabundance of some characters at the expense of others to the beating of some storylines like a dead horse, there were moments of great cheer and moments of throat clutching disappointment, and when I honestly felt some of my passion for this show wane, my bafflement at the choices seemingly being made often left me with a feeling of “really?” rather than “OMG” at the end of every episode.
Thankfully, with the airing of the backdoor pilot for The Originals (and that’s a story for another day) – the last three episodes felt like we actually got back on track with the series focus where we should have been all along and last night’s finale was the proverbial toss of the hat into the air.
Damon & Elena
Yes, I am absolutely starting with my favorite couple. I have been a fan of Damon since he swaggered into Mystic Falls at the end of the pilot, greeting his brother and giving him that wild, wicked grin. But more than that, from the first time Damon and Elena interacted the air between them was electric. At the end of season three, Elena told Damon she was choosing Stefan—but I never thought it was because she didn’t love Damon, I always believed it was because she was scared of what loving Damon meant.
He will never be easy and loving him won’t be easy. Elena’s journey as a vampire has been fraught with one cluster f*ck after another. She couldn’t drink animal blood, she couldn’t drink bagged blood, she could only take it from humans, oh and let’s not forget Connor’s joyful arrival and reign of terror that led Elena to snapping Connor’s neck. Let’s not forget Stefan making everything about Elena’s transition about him or that when she finally admitted that he looked at her like she was broken and needing to be fixed…but there was Damon, always Damon who loved Elena for who she was—human or vamp, perfect or flawed—he loved her.