And they lived happily ever after… well, at least until the first dance.
During the second to last episode of The Vampire Diaries we finally witnessed the Steroline wedding and boy, was it eventful. (Who else didn’t think it would actually happen? *Raises hand*)
Despite planning the big day practically her whole life, Caroline felt super rushed with the impromptu decision to marry Stefan in order to lure out the baddest bitch in hell, Katherine. No one ever wants another girl to be the motivation for their wedding but hey, at least Carebear couldn’t get cold feet!
Last week, we found out that Elena’s doppleganger escaped from hell when Matt rang the bell and replaced Cade as the devil after Stefan killed him. So obviously, she was out for revenge. And everyone knows that Katherine loves herself a wedding.
Now, I fully expected Nina Dobrev to make an appearance on this week’s episode as the badass Katerina and was disappointed when I realized the writers were playing with our emotions and Kat was using her minions to do her dirty work. Instead of bringing back Nins, we saw the return of two characters we didn’t think we’d ever see again – Vicki and Kelly Donovan.
We kick off the episode with Mystic Falls on high alert, especially after someone that looked JUST like Nina attacked a random resident – who knew normal people still lived in this town? Damon’s master plan to lure Katherine out was to dangle Stefan’s happiness in front of her. There’s no way she could resist a wedding. When she did finally come to crash the party, they needed a weapon that could destroy her and thankfully, Damon knew exactly where Katherine’s bones were hidden. (Not creepy at all right?) As the brothers went to retrieve them, Damon threw his little brother a bachelor party since you know, impromptu wedding calls for impromptu pre-parties.
This gave way to one of the most epic moments on the show – seeing Stefan completely sloshed. Vampire Stefan can hold his liquor but human Stefan is weak. We’re talking head in bucket, stumbling weak. As Stefan slept the alcohol off, Damon and Caroline had a really sweet bonding moment. As they took shots, they toasted Liz Forbes and Caroline got sad that neither her mother nor Elena would be there for her big day. Her future brother in law gifted her with Elena’s necklace – the same necklace she gave him when he was working for the Sirens so that he never lost his way. It was her “something borrowed.” See how it all comes full circle?
And speaking of full circle, how poetic is it that the two brothers are once again teaming up to take down Katherine, the very thing that turned them into vampires and brought them together in Mystic Falls after years of hating each other?
As the wedding day neared, Caroline’s nerves were getting the best of her, especially since Bonnie refused to attend the wedding because she was still upset with Stefan. She would do anything for her best friend but she couldn’t stand and watch Stefan get his happiness after her literally tore her’s from her.
While Bonnie is sulking in her thoughts, Enzo pays her a visit and convinces her not to let her anger against Stefan hinder the big day. After all, this isn’t the same Stefan who killed her. That guy died when Stefan took the cure and became human. So Bonnie surprises Caroline, who is having quite the melt down and joins her twin girls by walking them down the aisle.
The wedding is beautiful and although a little of the magic is lost with the fact that they’re on the look out for Katherine, Damon manages to make up for it with witty lines. The couple exchanges beautiful (and winged) vows that reflect the first time they laid eyes on each other in Mystic Falls (let’s just disregard that at the time, Stefan was in love with Elena). They even get through the “I do’s” and the first kiss – something they didn’t think Katherine would allow to happen. This worries Damon because if she wasn’t going to crash the wedding, what was she planning?
I full on expected Katherine to make a grand appearance but that can only be done by the one and only Kai. She might be an evil super villain but no one is better at tearing away happiness than the gemini lunatic.
The reception continues with the newlyweds sharing a first dance and Bonnie and Damon getting their boogie on. There’s something so pure about seeing the two best friends dance the night away together – both having lost the love of their lives.
Shortly after, Damon’s best man speech is interrupted by Kelly, who does not have anything nice to say about either Stefan or Caroline. It comes as surprise to the guests, including Matt, but not to us because as we know, she didn’t come to town for quality family time, she came to do Katherine’s dirty work. Oh and did I mention she’s dead? Yes, Matt’s mother DIED two years ago and ended up in hell, where she forged a partnership with Katherine, who promised her an eternity of “silence” in exchange for her help. And I guess if you’ve been to hell, you can understand why Kelly would agree.
She reveals that while everyone was busy celebrating the occasion, she created a gas leak and threw gasoline into the fireplace. As Caroline runs out to save Bonnie and the twins, the whole house explodes.
Inside the house, the gemini twins have created a blockade around themselves protecting them from the fire. At first Bonnie’s confused but Enzo shows up and informs her that they are syphening magic from Bonnie, which means that she’s still got it. She refuses to help the girls perform it because she’s scared that she’ll lose her psychic connection to Enzo but he convinces her that she needs to save herself and that one day, they’ll be reunited in peace. I should have known this was foreshadowing but didn’t want to believe that the writers would actually kill of Bonnie come finale time.
As Damon tortures Kelly, she tells everyone they were stupid to think they could outsmart the Katherine Pierce. Her plan is simple – she wants to destroy Mystic Falls by ringing the bell 11 times and creating hellfire. Matt points out that the only the Donovan family can enact the bell and that’s when she drops the bomb by saying “thankfully you had a sibling.” Umm…. wait, Vicki died in season 1!?
Turns out, after Damon killed her, she too went to hell where she’d been suffering ever since. She agreed to help Katherine out, escaping when Matt rang the bell and she’d come to finish them all off. So the whole time we thought we were seeing Katherine, we were actually seeing Vicki strut her stuff around town and create havoc. Feel fooled?
When the bell began ringing, Bonnie fell to the ground. As Stefan held her in his arms, she lost consciousness and we don’t really know the rest. Did she really die? What we do know is that Elena makes her grand return next week, waking up from a deep sleep and the only way she can do that is if Bonnie is dead. I really thought Julie Plec would find a loophole but after this episode it seems like killing off Bonnie is the right thing to do. I know… I hate that I just said that but hear me out.
Bonnie accomplished everything she had to. By the end of the episode, she was able to forgive Stefan for killing Enzo, she guaranteed that her best friend would be taken care of in life, and she shared a goodbye dance with her best friend. In fact, Bonnie’s behavior made it seem like she knew the whole day that she was going to die and that was okay because she wasn’t really living spending all her time with a ghost of Enzo. She was basically dead to begin with and she found comfort knowing that she’d soon be with him for real in a place where they could be happy and safe from everyone. And sadly, if she passes, she also allows Damon to be with the love of his life. All is right, all is balanced.
Now the problem remains – will Vicki finish ringing the bell? My guess is hell no because I’d be damned if Alaric didn’t find a way to get rid of hell itself using some kind of psychic blast, similar to what created it in the first place. Without hell, everyone will simply find peace and comfort in just being, whether it be a vampire, a human, a wolf, or a witch. And really, that was always the beauty of Mystic Falls wasn’t it?
See you next week… bring the tissues… I’ll be sobbing! I’m not ready to say goodbye but I have to trust the cast and crew when they say the ending is satisfactory.