Quentin: We just finished watching the season finale of The Vampire Diaries.
Jake: Season 4.
Jason: We didn't plan on doing a review, but Jake was over here watching with us, and when it finished, we looked at each other and Quentin said, “Let’s hit the table.”
Jake: This is for people who have seen the final episode. SPOILERS AND LOTS OF THEM after the jump.
Quentin: Before we get started, don’t forget we’ll be revealing the cover of Brad’s next book tomorrow, May 20, at 7:30pm CDT.
Jake: There will also be a contest in conjunction with the reveal.
Jason: And a $25 Amazon gift card for one lucky winner.
Quentin: And we have the book description coming up on Wednesday.
Jake: With another $25 gift card.
Quentin: Lots of cash flying around on the blog next week. Okay, onto the review…
Quentin: Personally, I thought the last two episodes kicked ass.
Jake: Me too. Elena force feeds the cure to Katherine. No idea what the fallout from that will be.
Jason: Stefan is the Silas doppelganger.
Quentin: Damon gets the girl.
Jake: I could tell you were enjoying that.
Jason: And Stefan’s now locked in a safe at the bottom of some river.
Jake: I loved the return of the dead characters when the veil to the other side came down.
Quentin: I thought it was a cheesy idea at first, but I admit, it turned out to be a nice payoff for longtime fans.
Jake: Kol, Lexi, Alaric, and of course—
Jason: Jeremy! Who gets brought back from the dead at the end. Did that feel like a cheat?
Jake: The thought crossed my mind. It would be nice to have narrative rules around the death of a character. Some things should be final. But Travis said Joss Whedon did it with Buffy, so—
Quentin: They should have brought back Matt’s sister.
Jason: That would have been cool. Someone should make a buddy movie with Chris Pine and Zach Roerig.
Jake: I would watch that. But why was there no Matt and Jeremy bromance reunion scene? Lots of the Damon and Alaric bromance, but no Matt and Jeremy?
Jason: Julie Plec really dropped the ball there.
Quentin: Maybe she knew there was no way to write a scene between those two that didn’t end with them making out.
Jake: I don’t see why that’s a problem.
Jason: I’m not a big Rebekah fan, but thank God at least someone is kissing Matt. Otherwise he’s just a huge wasted opportunity.
Quentin: I’m not sure I want to endure another season of Silas, even if it might make Stefan 5% more interesting.
Jason: Are you going to watch The Originals?
Quentin: No. I’m not that kind of Klaus fan.
Jake: I like Elijah though.
Quentin: That’s true. If I hear that Elijah is a big part of the story, I may check it out. Do you think Matt and Rebekah are gone next year?
Jason: I bet not.
Jake: There are still things that bother me about the show. I never liked the idea of a vampire “turning off her humanity.”
Jason: And every character in the show mentions it at some point, as if the writers don’t want us to forget that Elena’s not really a monster. And the whole, “Silas wants to drop the veil, take the cure and die, so that he can escape supernatural purgatory.” It just smacks of a vampire show in its fourth season.
Jake: Lots of nice moments though, like toward the end when Elena offers Stefan the cure. I had never thought of that, and it made perfect sense.
Quentin: I wish he had taken it and left the show.
Jason: You are way too hard on him.
Quentin: I’ve already made my case against Stefan.
Jake: Another nice moment between Caroline and Klaus.
Quentin: <using Klaus’s accent> “Tyler is now free to return to Mystic Falls. He’s your first love. I intend to be your last, however long it takes.”
Jason: Those two could be epic.
Jake: We haven’t even mentioned this was a graduation episode.
Quentin: No! I’m graduating in two weeks. I don’t want to think about it. Besides—
Jason: It was totally unbelievable that they could pull it together for five minutes, let alone long enough to graduate.
Quentin: And why didn’t Tyler come back for the finale?
Jake: Because Michael Trevino probably had another job.
Quentin: Bad answer.
Jason: A strong ending to a very uneven season.
Quentin: I'm with you, little brother. There were a lot of episodes I watched in the background.
Jake: Maybe we’ll check in again next year, mid-season.
Quentin: What did you think of the end of The Following?
Jake: I don’t believe Joe’s dead.
Jason: Not for a second.