Well everyone, it finally came. The Vampire Diaries has finally reached the end of it’s first season. Many characters have come and gone (Pearl, Vicky), and tonight was no exception. Was it worth the wait? Well, read on to find out.
It’s Founder’s Day in Mystic Falls, and after a misleading intro, we see Elena and Stefan in old fashioned clothing (and pulling it off by the way) on their way to the parade. Jeremy is too, but not after a visit from Ana. She is feeling alone (who can blame her after her mother has just been killed) and asks Jeremy to leave town with her. She gives him a vial of her blood and asks him to drink it so she can turn him. He refuses, and she leaves just as quickly as she came in.
Jeremy is still pissed with Elena, and refuses to let her make things right. Stefan and Damon are having their own little squabble as well, with Damon’s feelings for Elena coming into question. Add Elena finding out the uncle she’s hated for so long is really her father, and you’ve got one really tense situation.
Pappa John (formaly Uncle John) is still moving foward with his plan to kill all the Vampires, and we finally find out what that device does: it lets out a high frequency pitch that only Vampires can hear (among other things, more on that later) which will leave vulnerable, allowing the police to round them up and finish them off. What John doesn’t know is that Ana has informed Damon of the tomb vampires plan to kill the townspeople. Damon and Stefan are still under the impression that Bonnie deacitivated the device, and try to round up their loved ones before it is too late.
Once the fireworks begin, Uncle John is given the signal, and the device goes off. All the vampires fall, including Damon, Stefan, and Ana. In fact, Tyler and his father the mayor also seem to be affected, causing Tyler to crash his car. Unfortunately, only Stefan was able to get away, thanks to quick thinking from Alaric.
All the vamps (and the mayor) are taken into the basement, where John spreads gasoline across the room. He sees Ana and in a tragic scene, stakes her with a helpless Damon looking on. Stefan is able to get Damon out, with a little help from Bonnie, leaving the others to burn. On a side note, the mayor was not affected by the vervaine, which was questioned by Damon. Before he can answer, one of the vamps snaps his neck, leaving us to wonder if they will show what Tyler really is.
Back at the Gilbert house, Damon decides to tell Jeremy about Ana, letting him decide how he wants to handle it. It does not go well, and after Damon leaves, Jeremy decides to take up Ana’s offer, even if she is not there anymore.
Damon runs into Elena on the porch, and after a some sweet words, they share a brief kiss. Brief because Jenna catches them and brings her inside.
Pappa John sees her and tries to explain. He offer to help her put away knives, when suddenly she takes on, chops off his ring, and reveals herself to be none other than Katherine. The real Elena shows up looking for Jeremy, who has just swallowed a bunch of pills, and hears a noise in the kitchen. Naturally, she investigates.
I’ve been waiting for Katherine to come all season, and now I’ll have to wait until next season to find out what happens.
The kiss really took me for a loop, and even more so when it was revealed to be Katherine.
Best Moment: Damon telling Stefan that Elena is not Katherine, only to have her show up in her old time dress.
This was a great episode, and a perfect end to a wonderful season. They really have come a long way since the pilot, which left me wondering if I would actually be into this one. I’m glad I stuck with it. But now I have to wait till next season. Damn.