I haven’t really written
about my feels regarding the end of The Vampire Diaries. I’ll be honest, I was
surprised by my emotions at the announcement. Maybe it was because I was there
in the room with the actors I’ve spent 7 years watching play the characters I
love. Maybe it was because the cast was so emotional (Not Paul though. He be
cool.). So I took some time to think about it because truly I’ve been SCREAMING
for years that The Vampire Diaries needs to end. So I wondered, what was it
that really got me?
I love Kevin Williamson. He’s one of my favorite writers. It’s difficult to be a teenager from the nineties and NOT love Kevin. I’ve
loved him since Dawson’s Creek. Pretty much ever since he realized that Joey
and Pacey belonged together (with an assist by Julie Plec). That’s when I knew he understood you have to go wherever the story takes you. The best writers are always the ones who understand that.
What Kevin and
Julie created in the early seasons of The Vampire Diaries was truly
spectacular. I actually discussed it with my fellow JAW buddy Chelsea at SDCC. Season 1
and Season 2 of The Vampire Diaries is probably one of the best examples of a flawless narrative. A wonderfully crafted
story. If someone ever asks me point to a perfect TV season - Buffy The Vampire
Slayer Season 2 will be my first answer. The Vampire Diaries Season 2 will be my
And I know people will
scoff at me. The Vampire Diaries? Yes, The Vampire Diaries. It was an
excellently written TV show. Unfortunately, the story went off the rails in
about Season 4. I don’t say that because Delena got together. I actually
believed it was very much time for Damon and Elena to be together. What I
didn’t like was HOW the story was constructed. I don’t think the show ever
I know a lot of people blame Julie, and there’s blame there for
sure, but Caroline Dries was running TVD starting S5 while Julie was
primarily focused on The Originals. It was an EPIC disaster for the most part.
Don’t get me wrong, TVD still has storylines that keep me watching. Characters
I still very much care about, but it’s not the same show it once was. I firmly
believe that’s primarily because of the writing. So, I was not sad when Dries
I was, however, SHOCKED at Kevin’s return. I wasn’t expecting
that and I couldn’t be more thrilled. In the goodbye video, Kevin talked about
WHY he started TVD with Julie. He recently lost someone and he was grieving.
Julie told him he needed to work and she brought him TVD. Kevin said he
immediately connected to Elena and her grief. He connected to the love story
between Stefan and Elena and how these two people brought each other back to
life. For me, what Kevin was trying to say is that telling the story of The
Vampire Diaries helped bring him back to life as well.
And that’s when I got emotional. Because that’s what stories are
suppose to do. That’s what writing is suppose to do. It’s cathartic. It
connects us to our humanity. It allows us to feel - no matter the emotions. It can
be grief, joy, anger, fear… whatever. A story takes you on a journey and when
you come out on the other side hopefully you are changed for the better.
Kevin has always been extremely vocal for his love of Stefan and
Elena’s story. A lot of Stelena fans now believe that because Kevin is back
Stefan and Elena will be endgame. Truthfully, I didn’t necessarily get that
sense nor do I think that’s what Kevin was saying. Not that I’m saying it can’t
happen or that I won’t be thrilled if it does. What I’m saying is that…
endgame doesn’t really matter to me anymore. What matters to me the most is
that TVD, in its final season, tries to recapture the quality writing that made
me fall in love with it in the first place. I just want Kevin and Julie to tell
a good story, no matter the ending. That’s how I want to say goodbye. And I
feel like, with the show back in their hands, there’s a real chance of that
And so I find, for the
first time in years, to be truly excited about new season of The Vampire
Diaries. I’m ready to go on this last chapter with the characters I love, to
find out what happens to them… and to finally let them go.