On Thursday the CW premiered the season finale of The Vampire Diaries with many heartbreaking and shocking conclusions to the fifth season of the hit CW show. The episode ended with Bonnie and Damon trapped on the other side as it collapses and engulfs all supernatural beings within it.
I know many fans are of the opinion that TVD’s fifth season didn’t exactly live up to its expectations and they are not far from the truth. TVD plotlines slightly declined in season 4, but nevertheless the season managed just fine with Elena’s transformation to a vampire where she finally confronts her feelings for Damon.
But a great many deal of things went wrong with the fifth season. First and foremost, the sudden absence of the originals on the show, who had until now formed a significant proportion of the cast, didn’t go down too well with the fans. Secondly, The Doppelganger drama? Been there, done that. Thirdly, there was no singular running theme in the entire season. Initially it was all about Silas and then the Augustine virus travesty to Katherine posessing Elena and finally the Travellers.These different episodes didn’t seem to connect that well to give a panoramic conclusion and a lot of it ended up been looked upon as unnecessary. And Fourthly, there was barely any character development. So many characters didn’t have a decent storyline and that amazing talent that all the TVD actors have been endowed with, was wasted.
However since it is the The Vampire Diaries, even if it hits rock bottom, it can never really be truly bad. So, I’m going to examine the good and bad aspects to every character and his or her storyline in the fifth season.
The season started off with a happy, completely-in-love-with-Damon, Elena for the first time. It was refreshing to see Elena come to terms with her being a vampire and frankly, I think she was less whiny this season.
Damon, Im guessing, prayed really hard for a drinking buddy which is why he now has two of them with the return of Alaric Saltzman. Damon Salvatore is a very complicated character. He’s unpredictable so you never really know what he’s going to do. I love that he was deeply upset himself over Bonnie’s death and did everything in his power to bring her back. Then the writers conjured up the Augustine ghost from his past, but somehow the storyline didn’t seem to fit that well. He never told Stefan or Elena about it. He, apparently, managed to sneak out and kill Aaron’s aunt without Elena knowledge and it seems out of place that Elena would never bring it up again. The writers never told us what really happened there.
Damon broke up with Elena, then got back with Elena, got dumped by Katherine-impersonating-Elena, got back with Elena, broke up with Elena, then slept with Elena, but then broke up again and then sorta got back with Elena in the end. I kinda lost count somewhere. Anyways, its been a hell of a ride for Delena. Julie Plec did a fantastic job with my OTP and that right there is why Delena will be endgame. They fought and confronted each other like a regular couple and voiced the problems inherent in Delena themselves. Badass all the way. They broke up and then broke the bed.
We were also introduced to Enzo with the British accent. I quite liked that guy. He may have initially come across as the antagonist, but he never once gave up on Damon. Really liked Michael Malarkey. And he had a thing for Caroline.
Damon also tried very hard to save his brother and on-and-off girlfriend from the travellers.
And then Damon died.
But he’ll come back to life. Im positive. That will also opens up a lot of brother bonding for next season.
Stefan dealt with his PTSD problem and his evil doppelganger. I loved the stark contrast between Silas and Stefan. I loved that sassy Silas and that cute lil shit by the name of Tom Avery. Thumbs up to Paul Wesley.
We got a little taste of Stelena here and there and oh! Steferine. That was a billion times hotter and better than Stelena. Stefan always made Katherine a better person.
Which brings us to the one and only, Katherine Pierce or Katerina Petrova. Theres no way anybody cannot love this selfish manipulative conniving con artist. Katherine has always been a psychotic vampire and not given two hoots about another soul other than Stefan Salvatore, the only person she ever cared for. Maybe it was the doppelganger curse. I absolutely loved that in the end, it was her motherly side which led to her death. Katherine Pierce died a noble death, caring for her daughter, the ultimate way to redeem her character in the minds of the viewers even though she was dragged to a supposed “hell”. However, Katherine Pierce does not go gentle. She reminded us and everyone exactly how pivotal her character really was, how everything starts with Katerina Petrova.
I am also forever impressed by Nina Dobrev’s acting. One of the most beautiful women in the world and on top of that she’s a brilliant actress.
Caroline Forbes went from being the most hated character in season 1 to the most endearing girl on TVD. Caroline’s romantic affinities were quite ambiguous this season. First there was Tyler, who walked out on her. And then we had a spontaneous impromptu Klaroline moment. Whilst Im happy that Klaroline happened, I’d have preferred more TVD-Originals crossovers. It felt like the writers were deliberately trying to shove some Klaus-and-Caroline in a 2 minute window. I definitely hope that wasn’t the end of Klaroline, because that is endgame. I don’t want Caroline with anyone else.
Then there was a slight allusion to Enzo and Caroline which was nice too.
And finally, we may be looking at some romantic prospects between Caroline and Stefan. Im neither repulsed nor ecstatic about this development. I just maintain that Klaroline should be endgame.
If there was anybody I thought genuinely matured this season it was Bonnie Sheila Bennett. I have never liked Bonnie. She was always so critical about vampires and was never given a decent storyline. But this season Bonnie cut off her locks for a sexy haircut and got together with Jeremy. Maybe dying and coming back to life took away some of the cynicism. Plus gotta love Kat Graham with this new hairdo. She’s so pretty.
I don’t know what the hell Jeremy Gilbert was doing this year. He walked in on Damon and Elena a lot and cried about Bonnie till he got her back, treated her like shit for a while and ultimately cried when he realized he was losing her again. The potential chemistry between Bonnie and Jeremy is yet to be exploited. And wait a minute! Didn’t Jeremy have to go to school this year?
Complete waste of Steven R. McQueen. The guy has so much potential.
Everybody this is Matt Donovan. Matty blue eyes. Remember him? This year (like every year) he cleaned tables at the grill after a mindblowing vacation with Rebekah. Actually, I can’t recall what he or Tyler Lockwood really were doing for a majority of the season. I know Tyler gave a lot of grief to Caroline for sleeping with Klaus (and rightly so, I mean Klaus did kill his mother) and then he just hung around in Mystic Falls because its such a safe and lovely place. Two actors and characters with great potential wasted again. I miss the days when everyone was involved and actively contributed to the plot.
Which brings us to Markos, the leader of the Travellers. To say that he was the complete antithesis of a spine-chilling villain is an understatement. There was a time when just the mention of Klaus’ name would send a chill running down our spines. When everybody would tense up the moment Klaus or Elijah walked into the room. That was clearly missing this season.
All in all, it was a good season, but not TVD’s best. The writers need to work on some characters and storylines.