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The End of The Vampire Diaries

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?

Kevin Williamson.

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 second.

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 truly recovered. 

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 left.

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 now. 

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.