and a vampire boss

  • Sirius: Excuse me? Who made you the boss of the group?
  • Remus: You did.
  • Peter: You said James should be boss.
  • Remus: And then you said "let's vote," and it was unanimous.
  • Peter: And then you made him this little plaque, that said "Boss of Us", you put little sparkles on it.
  • Sirius: Valid points, all.
  • Anakin: Excuse me? Who made you the boss of the group?

  • Obi-Wan: You did.

  • Ahsoka: You said Obi-Wan should be boss.

  • Rex: And then you said “let’s vote,” and it was unanimous.

  • Ahsoka: And then you made him this little plaque that said “Boss of Us,” you put little sparkles on it.

  • Anakin: Valid points, all.
Caroline (Candice King) has been looked after by Klaus (Joseph Morgan), who has never really forgotten about his TVD muse[…]Mr. Williamson adds, almost as an afterthought, that a new series might focus more on Caroline, as she opens a magic school for their twins and other supernatural children. That would also allow for more to be done with the Caroline/Klaus situation.[…]I can’t make any promises for many reasons: One, because we don’t have a fifth season of The Originals,” says Julie Plec. “Two, because while I love the world of the boarding school and all that it represents, that would be an entirely new show that I haven’t even begun to think about, but the doors were not left open unintentionally.

Tony: Excuse me? Who made you the boss of the group?

Steve: You did.

Clint: You said “Capsicle should be boss”.

Natasha: And then you said "let’s vote,” and it was unanimous.

Bruce: And then you made him this little plaque, that said “Boss of Us”, you put little sparkles on it.

Tony: Valid points, all.

Of all the gasp-worthy moments from Friday’s send-off, Klaus’ letter to Caroline — which you can read in full in my recap of the episode — easily elicited the biggest gasp from me. (If you’re a regular TVLine reader, you know I’m a recent convert to the concept of Klaus and Caroline’s romance.)

Bellamy: Excuse me? Who made you the boss of the group?

Clarke: You did.

Octavia: You said “Clarke should be boss”.

Raven: And then you said “let’s vote,” and it was unanimous.

Octavia And then you made her a little plaque, that said “Boss of Us”, you put little sparkles on it.

Bellamy: Valid points, all.

'The Vampire Diaries' Boss Explains Finale Deaths, Callbacks and Scrapped Ending

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from The Vampire Diaries series finale, “I Was Feeling Epic.”]

After being nearly destroyed countless times throughout eight seasons of The Vampire Diaries, the small town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, was saved yet again in the show’s series finale - but not everyone made it out alive.

The evil Katherine (Nina Dobrev) returned to make sure Mystic Falls was engulfed in hellfire, but Bonnie (Kat Graham) devised a way to destroy her once and for all - it just required one of the Salvatores to sacrifice himself too. While Damon (Ian Somerhalder) stepped up to the plate, Stefan (Paul Wesley) decided that because his brother had finally returned to his pre-evil vampire self, he would do it instead.

Bonnie, after summoning the strength of the Bennett witches, was also able to wake Elena from her slumber. Bonnie set out to travel the world, Elena and Damon got to live happily ever after together, Matt served as Mystic Falls Sheriff (and got a nifty bench, too), Caroline started a boarding school for supernatural children with Alaric’s (Matt Davis) and Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) help, and in the final scene, the brothers reunited with a tearful hug.

Co-creator Julie Plec spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about the finale, including alternate endings for some characters, the importance of callbacks to the pilot, and Dobrev’s big return.

Read more: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Could Get a Second Spinoff

The Original Ending

The plan wasn’t always to have Stefan sacrifice himself so his brother could find happiness. Plec and co-creator Kevin Williamson first came up with an ideal ending back in season two. “There have been so many different versions of that in our mind,” Plec tells THR. “Back then, the show ended with both brothers dying and watching Elena go out and live her life as a human and grow up and be happy and have kids and get married. And all the sacrifices that they had made so that she could be human and safe made it worth it, and they could’ve gone and passed on into oblivion.”

Plec continues, “Then of course we created the Other Side and then Elena became a vampire and then Nina left the show. Once Nina left the show, all the plans of how it would end one day had to shift because ultimately it became less about ensuring Elena’s safety and future and more about the relationships between the brothers themselves and their own path to redemption. There was a pitch on the table that was a very good pitch where Damon didn’t make it to the end, and then ultimately the pitch that made it to the end was, I think, the best one.”

Read more: How 'The Vampire Diaries’ Stars Said Farewell to the Beloved CW Drama

Stefan’s Sacrifice

While Stefan’s immortal life was tragically cut short, Plec says that he was still able to have meaningful life experiences. “For me, Stefan got to have life and happiness. He struggled with his - we’ll call it his addiction - his entire vampire life, but he had his best friend in Lexi, he had true love in Elena, he had the redemption of his brother, and then he got to fall in love a second time and find a partner and a mate in Caroline. And while his death is absolutely tragic for many reasons, there’s also a sense of full circle to his experience, that he was the one that sort of got them into this mess and now he’s going to get them out of it.”

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Damon’s Redemption

Damon, on the other hand, was “a whirlwind of chaos,” Plec says. “His last moment of innocence, and I would even say sweetness, was when he was still human 160-some-odd years ago. And so for Stefan to be able to give his brother that opportunity to experience the simple peace and happiness of everyday life as a human and with his girl and all the things that Stefan was able to have I think is the greatest gift of all.”

She continues, “Damon’s done a lot of really crappy things in eight years. He has not been a model citizen. He has been extremely, extremely dysfunctional and extremely disruptive. While in no way are we trying to say the lesson is that the bad boy can be changed by the love of a woman, in this case it’s true - and the love of a brother. And so now Damon Salvatore gets to have a second chance at humanity.”

Cutting Steroline Short

Stefan’s death was perhaps most tragic for Caroline, who had approximately one day of wedded bliss before he sacrificed himself to save Mystic Falls. But Plec says that eventually Caroline will be able to move on. “Stefan and Caroline found beautiful best-friend partnership, marital love, familial love, and everything you wish for as an adult that you want out of a partner,” she says. “And that’s after Stefan had epic first love - fall down the rabbit hole, drown in it, painful love - with Elena. So there’s no reason why Caroline can’t move forward in her life and find a different kind of partner before her currently eternal life is over. I’m not saying it’s going to be Klaus, but it certainly leaves a door open for anybody.”

Read more: 'The Vampire Diaries’ Boss Reveals When She Decided Season 8 Would Be the End

Bonnie’s Alternate Ending

After spending at least a decade of her life sacrificing herself for the greater good of Mystic Falls and her supernatural friends, Bonnie needed to have a happy ending. “She has earned the right to be happy,” Plec says. “Bonnie needed to survive and to grow up and to live a long life and to have everything she ever wanted. There was a pitch on the table at some point that maybe Bonnie and Matt Donovan would end up together and have children together. There was a pitch on the table that maybe Bonnie takes a series of great French lovers and never has another real relationship again because Enzo is her one true love and she’ll see him again in peace.”

Matt Donovan’s Survival

There was no question in Plec’s mind that token human Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig) would make it to the end of the series alive. “That’s my personal battle,” she says. “I’ve argued with a dozen people over the years about the importance of Matt Donovan remaining alive in this universe. It seemed to me that as the token human, his survival, him going down fighting and being willing to sacrifice himself at any time along the way in the name of the greater good of the town and then to be left standing in that town at the end, it’s a beautiful closure for him, and so I really wanted to make sure that he lived to tell the tale.”

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The Crow, The Cemetery, and Other Callbacks

Throughout the final hour, Plec and Williamson, who co-wrote the episode, sprinkled in references to the pilot and other key moments in the series - including the shot of Elena writing in her diary in the cemetery with a crow. “The crow was classic Kevin,” Plec says. After being tasked with writing that scene, “he came back with that section with that beautiful voiceover and the crow and Damon coming to meet Elena at the cemetery. And to me, it’s one of the most beautiful moments of the show. That is all him wanting to reflect back on his favorite elements of the first season.”

One of the most personal callbacks for Plec was including music from the pilot. “I have, like, a Pavlovian response when I hear them. I just burst into tears. One of which is the return of the Fray song that ended our pilot. If you watch the [episode] with someone who was a fan in the first couple of seasons and maybe hasn’t watched it since then, there is so much for them to enjoy about it and so many little nostalgic shout-outs - not to mention all the little Easter eggs for the fans who know the show intimately.”

Read more: 'The Vampire Diaries’ Helped Change the Perception of The CW, Network President Says

Family Reunion

The eighth season saw the return of several key characters, and the final episode brought back a few more (including Sara Canning as Aunt Jenna and David Anders as Uncle John). That was important to Plec personally, because the TVD crew is close-knit, but also story-wise.

“This is a show that was born out of loss and grief. When we met Elena, she had lost her parents and didn’t know if she could continue and didn’t know how she was going to make her way through life under the weight of this loss. And when we end the show, we’re ending the show in peace - which I would go so far as to say is the Vampire Diaries version of what heaven means. These characters, some that were ripped away from us very tragically, some that we weren’t sure what their ultimate destination would be, to be able to show them at peace with themselves and in a version of their own peace, however you want to define it, was the perfect bookend to the grief and the loss that launched the series.”

The Final Scene

The end, which sees Elena reunite with her parents and Jenna and John, “To me, that’s peace, and you can define it however you want,” Plec said. “You can define it as closure, you can define it as heaven, you can define it as some sort of spiritual otherworld. Whatever it is that you want to define it as, that is what peace means to me - which is that somehow you find yourself at peace because you have everything you ever wanted.”

What did you think of the finale?

  • Mystique: Excuse me, Charles. Who made you boss of the team?
  • Havok: You did.
  • Beast: You said, "Charles should be boss."
  • Havok: And then you said, "Let's vote," and it was unanimous.
  • Beast: You made him this little plaque that said "BOSS OF US". You put little sparkles on it.
Today the most weird thing happened to me at work

Me and my Boss were discussing vampires in movies and literature, and then in the middle of the conversation:

Boss: oh, so you like vampires? Did you know that Dracula isn’t the first vampire?

Me (pauses for a second, eyes wide, heavy breath, whispers gently): Don’t be an idiot…

And instead of punching me in the face for allegedly calling him an idiot, he look me deep in the eyes, and whispers very seriously:

Boss: Of course I’m doing it for you.

And then walk away.

My boss is a heterosexual middle-age male with a beautiful wife and two really nice little boys.

And now I can’t look at him and not think about him fangirling all over episode 36.

‘Vampire Diaries’ bosses on the series finale, that letter, and who almost died

Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the series finale of The Vampire Diaries.

In its final hour, The Vampire Diaries stayed true to the themes of death, loss, and love that centered it for eight seasons. But it also introduced a new theme: Peace.

It’s an idea that first came to Plec when they were working on season 3’s “Ghost World,” which featured an Anna-Pearl reunion worth quite a few tissues. “Anna has a scene where she says, ‘I don’t know what’s going to happen to me. They say my mom found peace but I don’t even know if peace exists.’ That’s when all of this locked in for me,” Plec tells EW. “For me personally, I am writing a show about that fear of loss and not knowing that someone’s okay and not knowing if you’ll ever see them again. So watching Anna and her mom reunite in that episode is what launched this whole notion of peace for me.”

And keeping that in the back of her mind, when her team started planning season 8 and realized that they were going on a journey of redemption, Plec says she realized that this season would have to end in peace. “If Cade’s hell exists then shouldn’t peace exist for everyone? The minute we realized redemption had to have an end point is the minute we realized it had to be the last season,” she says.

From there, the writers built a final season around the themes of redemption, family, and love, a season that ended with Stefan sacrificing himself to save everyone, Damon and Elena living a long human life together, Caroline and Ric opening a school for their girls, Bonnie traveling the world, Matt remaining in Mystic Falls, and eventually, Elena and Damon reuniting with their families.

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Below, EW breaks down some of the finale’s biggest moments with Plec and Kevin Willaimson, who not only created the show together, but wrote the final script as a team.

“Hello, brother.” 

When Damon reunites with Stefan, he speaks the final words of the series, one last “hello, brother” before they hug and the show ends. Bringing back the phrase from the pilot wasn’t something that Plec and Williamson had necessarily pre-planned, but as soon as they thought of it, they knew it was right. “It’s full circle,” Williamson says. “A finale should be about saying goodbye, but it should also be about saying thank you to the audience who has stuck by you through eight seasons. And the way to say thank you is to fill it full of memories because when people look back on the show, I want them to remember it fondly and smile.”

Stefan’s sacrifice

Stefan wasn’t always going to die. “There were two pitches on the table: one that gave perfect closure to the season and then another that gave closure to the whole series,” Plec says, admitting that they had “just as many discussions over killing Damon as we did over killing Stefan, and let me tell you, for a very long time the pendulum swung the other way.”

Although the writers contemplated Damon being the one to achieve his redemption by saving the day, ultimately, it made more sense for Stefan to step up. “He killed Enzo; there’s no coming back from that,” Williamson says. “As a Ripper, how many people did he kill? He turned his brother into a vampire and stripped him of his humanity. How is he going to make up for that? He’s our hero! He had to be heroic. He had to make up for it and he did, and by doing so, he secured Damon’s fate: Now Damon’s going to be the hero forever because he has to do that for his brother. And this show has always been about the two of them and their love and their sense of family. And now Damon’s going to be worthy of Elena.”

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The love triangle

Speaking of Damon and Elena, for Vampire Diaries fans, the Stefan-Elena-Damon love triangle will always be a thing, but with Nina Dobrev’s departure in the season 6 finale, the triangle hadn’t been prominent for the show in a couple of years. That’s why one of the greatest challenges that the finale faced was paying homage to that love triangle without trying to act like there was a choice to be made. “Having stepped away from the show at the end of season 2, Kevin really lived very deeply in that love triangle and I’ve had the extra six years of it really being skewed most heavily to Damon… When we were writing, Kevin asked, ‘Is there anything that we should do to boost the power of the triangle and the choice?’ And I said, ‘There is no choice, unfortunately.’ When Elena left, a promise was made that Elena and Damon would be reunited. If Nina had wanted to come back for a final season, maybe there would be a choice there, but with her coming back for a final episode, there is no choice.”

Williamson adds: “It’s no secret I was always a fan of Stefan and Elena ending up together. In another universe, that would’ve been the ending, but we didn’t have time to tell that story in the last season because we didn’t have Elena. We couldn’t get them back together.”

The idea then became: How do they pay homage to a relationship that was such an important part of their show? “It was important that even though we were celebrating the return of Elena, that we didn’t forsake the power of the other relationships that had been built over the years,” Plec says. “I really wanted to make sure each friendship and each relationship was honored, including the relationship between Stefan and Elena, which really needed its final powerful moment. Getting that scene right was the most important to us when we were writing, because Kevin and I have said repeatedly how much we loved that relationship and we wanted to experience a proper goodbye between the two, as fans of that coupling.”

At the end of the day, they brought the love triangle back through raising the question, “Who is the better man?” Early in the episode, Katherine claims Stefan is the better man; and after Stefan’s death, he tells Elena that Damon is, finally, the better man. “It’s all about who is the better man,” Williamson says. “And being the better man means you wake up every morning and you just do better. And that’s what Damon ultimately learns and he wakes up every morning just to do better and he’s doing it for his brother and he becomes the better man. It’s an ongoing struggle.”

That Klaroline letter

In the show’s final moments, Caroline and Ric’s new boarding school receives an impressive donation from none other than Klaus Mikaelson, and with it, he wrote Caroline a letter that included a phrase that more than likely set Klaroline shippers back on their heels. “First of all I have to give a special shout-out to Carina , who wrote that letter for me,” Plec says. “We have her to thank for that. And when I read it and I saw ‘however long it takes,’ I just about died. She nailed it.”

In the moment that Caroline read the letter, the voiceover declared it “the beginning of another story,” though it’s not one Plec can promise they’ll tell. “I can’t make any promises for many reasons: One, because we don’t have a fifth season of The Originals. Two, because while I love the world of the boarding school and all that it represents, that would be an entirely new show that I haven’t even begun to think about, but the doors were not left open unintentionally.” Picking her words carefully, Plec says, “They’re open with a hope, not a promise.”

The peace of it all

After a season about hell and the idea of eternal torture, the show introduced the idea of peace. “We created this other side that was full of darkness and we really never lived in the opposite of that, which is, what does the light look like,” Williamson says. “And we wanted to show that light in the final moments, and it looks like a family sitting on a front porch being reunited and it looks like two brothers hugging each other. That’s what the light looks like.”

As for the technical side of it all and whether the final moments of the series mean that Damon and Elena are dead, Plec says it’s left open to interpretation, although she will say what it means to her personally: “It’s each of them, at the end of a long life together, finding their version of peace,” she says. “That’s not to say that their version of peace doesn’t include the other — maybe they’re going to have a barbecue in an hour — but being reunited with those who you’ve lost and mourned the most is my idea of peace. That’s the meaning I chose to give it.”