I have been lurking the steroline tag and your beautiful
gifs/metas/fan fictions for awhile now. I don’t have my own tumblr/twitter
presence, and I’ve never felt the need to weigh in until now, other than some
random asks I’ve thrown at kmze. But it must be said, or it will continue to
haunt me: this finale was completely bogus and should be thrown in the
dumpster. I felt like maybe writing this out will help me get over the tragic and
senseless end of those two adorable puppies, Stefan and Caroline. So here it goes.
There was so much NOPE in this finale it’s hard to know
where to start, but I’m going to focus on the most obvious: Stefan’s death.
I don’t object to the notion that a Salvatore brother had to
die. They’ve evaded death for far too long, and left way too many bodies in
their wake. I don’t think any of us expected both the Salvatore brothers to
make it out of this show alive. Would I have preferred it to be Damon that
died, or at least to have the brothers both go out in a blaze of glory? Fuck
yes. But I could have handled Stefan dying, and Damon living, had it been
handled in a way that made even a shred of sense. It was not.
A sacrificial death, when done right, can be a very fitting
way for a show to go out. See: Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s finale. 15
year old me shipped Buffy and Spike (I know, I know, quite a toxic
relationship, but moving on). So I was bummed as heck when Spike died in the
finale. But the way he went out was just so damn fitting I could not be that
mad. He sacrificed himself to save Buffy, to save the Slayer-ettes and the rest
of the Scoobies, and literally the entire world. It was necessary and rooted in
the plot and was therefore heroic and did a heck of a lot to redeem him of his
terrible deeds. It fit the narrative, it fit the character’s arc, and it was
satisfying, which took the edge off the tragedy.
Now, let’s compare that to Stefan’s death shall we? Was his
death necessary to save the world? Nope. It was not even necessary to save
Mystic Falls, since Bonnie had found a way to control the hellfire and send it
to hell, or at least divert it. It was arguably necessary to kill Katherine and
destroy Hell, but like, there’s nothing particularly noble about destroying
Hell? There were tons of bad people in Hell, people that should arguably have
stayed in Hell and not been given a “get out of Hell free” card. There did seem
to be some not terrible people stuck in Hell (Vicky was irritating but not
evil) but maybe since Cade was dead this whole policy of throwing everyone who
ever screwed up once in their lives, into eternal torment, no longer applied?
Katherine is a cut-throat queen but I don’t see her being this petty. Unclear,
but either way this Hell mythology was just too murky for a set-up wherein
destroying Hell equals redemption. So far, I fail to see how this action
redeemed Stefan’s tattered soul and granted him his peace.
Okay so let’s assume I’ve missed something. (I very well
could have. I only watched the finale once and I doubt I’ll ever be able to bring
myself to watch it again.) Let’s assume for the sake of argument that in fact the
whole “stabbing Katherine with the dagger at the very moment she is immolated
thus ensuring she dies in Hell and Hell is destroyed” was a very necessary and
heroic act in the grand scheme of things. So at least one of the Salva-bros had
to die. The choice of who gets the axe should be based in the narrative, yes?
Maybe the brother who showed up in Mystic Falls in season 1, all gleeful about
tormenting his brother and making the residents of Mystic Falls suffer, would
be a good choice for the one who ultimately saves the town? Whose ongoing arc
has been about becoming a better, less-selfish man, one capable of putting his
brother before his own needs? Who, two episodes before, had proven that he was
ready to be that hero, and had died in a similar sacrifice, but had
miraculously come back from it with no explanation? Maybe the writers had a
plan? HAHA BITCH YOU THOUGHT.
Instead, Stefan dies because “Damon is the better man.” Hahahahahah
lol lol lol brb LAUGHING FOREVER. I don’t need to list the many
actions/character traits that Damon has displayed over the years, that make it
emphatically clear that he is not the better man. At best he is the
equally-as-terrible man. Stefan killed Enzo, yes, which was painful, mainly
because of its effect on Bonnie (Enzo was also a murderous trashbag, let us
never forget). But Damon killed Tyler, tried to kill Bonnie, and abducted a
couple of 4 year olds and tried to sell them to the Devil in return for his own
soul, and that was just in season 8. I can’t even remember all the times he
killed Alaric and Jeremy, I have literally lost count. Many of you have already
covered Damon’s many crimes in your well-reasoned and thoughtful metas and
commentaries. They do not need repeating. Damon is a selfish, impulsive,
weak-willed, predatory psycho murderer. We have the receipts in the form of
seasons 1-8 of this show. I say this as someone who is actually a big Damon fan
(I like his snark) and was all about Damon and Elena in seasons 1-4, despite
how terrible they were to Stefan. (The actors had lit chemistry back then, sue
Stefan is a psycho murderer too, but at least he feels bad
about it. I invite anyone to explain to me how saving Damon, and giving him a
human life, tilted the karmic scales in Stefan’s favour. One mass-murderer
dying, so that another mass-murderer can live, does not redeem the first
mass-murderer, particularly when the major crime the first mass-murderer seems
to be paying for, is the murder of a THIRD MASS-MURDERER (Enzo). I just refuse
to believe that the universe’s sense of justice is this out to fucking lunch.
Also, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the most glaring
plot hole in this clusterfuck of a sacrifice=redemption narrative, which is
obviously that DAMON DIDN’T HAVE TO DO SHIT TO FIND REDEMPTION/PEACE. NOTHING
NADA ZILCH. Thus undermining the entire justification for Stefan’s death. Dear
god, what a mess.
I can sort of see how in Stefan’s deeply troubled mind dying
for his brother would redeem him, because he loved the shit out of his brother,
despite how rarely Damon actually deserved that love. Which brings us to
another high-key problematic aspect of this finale, which is the assassination
of Stefan’s character development. Over 8 seasons, we watched Stefan struggle
with his mental illness, his addiction, his complete lack of self-worth, and
most importantly, his suicidal tendencies. Once he was able to remove himself from the Triangle of Doom, he actually made a lot of progress! He
stopped referring to the Ripper in the third person, he got a handle on the
whole blood thing, and when he finally opened his eyes about Caroline, he found
a healthy, happy, mutually supportive relationship for pretty much the first
time in his entire life. He didn’t ever fully let go of his dependency on
Damon, but by the time season 8 started, he was planning a life with Caroline
and clearly heading in that direction. His suicidal tendencies made a come-back, thanks to killing Enzo and the guilt that caused him, but
by 8x13 he was like I WANNA LIVE, by 8x14 he was re-proposing to Caroline and
talking about growing old, and by 8x15 he was effing married to the love of his
life and dancing and laughing with her at their wedding.
Then 8x16 comes around, and suddenly, he’s back to “I HAVE TO
DIE BECAUSE OF WHAT I DID TO ENZO AND I WON’T BE ABLE TO MAKE UP FOR MY SINS
BECAUSE I’M HUMAN AND DON’T HAVE MUCH TIME BUT DAMON YOU HAVE ETERNITY AND
YOU’RE THE BETTER MAN” and I’m like THA FUCK? Did I imagine the previous 15
episodes/the previous 5 seasons? Is this the right channel? WHAT IS HAPPENING
WHERE AM I RIGHT NOW?
There are also so many plot holes when it comes to
discerning Stefan’s own motivation for this sacrifice, directly out of the dialogue
and HIS OWN DAMN MOUTH. He tells Damon that he has “an eternity with Elena” to
make up for his own sins. But Stefan’s actions were definitely pre-meditated
right? He knew he was going to give Damon the cure, so obviously Damon will not
have an eternity to make up for his own crimes? Also Elena is a human now and
Damon has been droning on about their human endgame plan for like 5 years now,
ever since Elena went into her mystical coma? And then my personal favourite, when Stefan talks to Elena, he tells her he wanted her to have
the chance to get to know human Damon. BUT EXCUSE ME as far as he knew Elena
was stuck in the mystical coma until Bonnie dies, which everyone assumed would
be 60-70 years from then, so seeing as how Damon will age and probably be dead
by the time Elena wakes up, or at least very wrinkly and very old, how does he
figure he is giving Damon and Elena their happily ever after? As far as Stefan knows, or at least SHOULD KNOW relying on concepts like logic and common sense, he just took away both Damon’s right to choose to die, AND
Damon’s happily ever after with Elena, and this is full circle and remedies his
original sin of forcing Damon to turn into a vampire and I’m just !?!??!!? I’M
PHRASING THESE AS QUESTIONS BECAUSE I LEGIT WANT A FUCKING EXPLANATION SOMEONE
Oh and btw the whole Stefan sacrificing himself for Damon
and Elena and making up for his original sin of forcing Damon to turn, was so
effing murky in the actual episode it had to be explained in interviews by KW
and JP, at which point KW made it clear that this entire nightmare happened
because he is a 14 year old Stelena fanboy and didn’t watch the last 5 seasons
of his own damn show AND NOW I’M ACTUALLY LAUGHING IT’S ALL SO RIDICULOUS.
So, cool. Stefan is dead, Caroline is widowed on her effing
wedding day, I am emotionally gutted, and basically this all happened for
virtually no reason my brain can discern. Very epic, so fitting, what a
pay-off, much full-circle, argaahgaahfTHEFUCK.
When Caroline left him that voicemail, I couldn’t even enjoy
the “I will love you forever” line because she also said “I understand” and I
was like OMIGOD CAROLINE PLS EXPLAIN IT OUT LOUD CAUSE I SURE AS FUCK DON’T.
And even after all this, the writers are not QUITE done
making a mockery out of the notion of consistency in story-telling. They decide
that the last scene featuring Caroline Forbes-Salvatore, a character whose
strongest traits are her loyalty to the people she loves and moral backbone,
and who was widowed like 5 minutes ago from the viewer’s perspective, should be
spent with Caroline receiving a letter from a murderous one-night-stand she
does not GAF about. For the cherry-on-top, anyone who watches the Originals
knows that the one-night-stand is currently suffering some sort of hell torment
and hallucinating his actual true love, one Camille O’Connor. AND THEN THE
WRITERS HAVE TO GO ON TWITTER to try and explain how the fuck this timeline
could possibly make sense and Joseph Morgan is like “I’ve filmed all of season
4 lol what letter?” and I’m laughing again because this is total amateur-hour.
Thank you to all the twitter users who have been dragging this joke of a writing
team online, your salt is giving me life. Never has a moment of such cheap and blatant
fan-baiting backfired so magnificently. I was planning on watching the
Originals when it comes back but HAHA NOPE NEVER AGAIN JULIE PLEC, BACK TO THE
DUMPSTER WITH YOU.
Anyways, this rant got out of hand. The point here is that I
feel justified in completely ignoring this entire finale because of how little
sense it made or even attempted to make. I’m sad a show I’ve loved for 8 years ended on
such an absurd and poorly-plotted note. Perhaps I’ll eventually get around
to writing some fan fiction in an attempt to create my own little alternative
ending. In retrospect, I probably should have known better, but I hung in there
because when TVD was good, it was really good. But damn, when it was bad, it
was truly unwatchable.
Description: Jungkook’s little cousin loves to
embarrass him and definitely knows more than she should.
A/N: Well this turned out much longer than expected.
Thanks for requesting, anon <3 enjoy~ brb dying from Jikook feels
Jungkook is sure that all the little kids in the world are
out to get him. Sure, his little cousin, Jinah, seemed all cute and sweet, but
Jungkook was sure that it was all an act. She probably had something up her
So when he was forced to babysit her for the day, he knew
that probably meant bad luck for him.