It’s “Graduation” day.
Which is obviously ridiculous because when do these vampires/witches/whatevers ever go to school and how on earth could they have passed their classes and WTF are they doing bothering with school anyway when only one of them is actually still alive and the town is more or less hell on earth?
But I’ve said all that before so let’s just go with it’s “Graduation”. Unfortunately for those who like a quiet life, though, the veil between this world and all the supernatural nasties on the Other Side is still down for the day. Because everyone else in the show is an idiot, however, only Damon is worried about what this may mean. Until all the dead hybrids and dead witches and dead hunters turn up threatening all sorts, that is. And just for a challenge, Damon is poisoned with fatal werewolf venom too. Mercy!
Of course, nothing comes of any of this collection of grave dangers, because, as Stefan actually, unbelievably, says, saving the world is a lot less important an issue than working out how Elena feels about Damon. At which point I say “FFS!” You may have graduated 17 times, Stefan, but you’ve never truly left high school, have you?
Anyway, as shallow and silly as a lot of the episode is, it gives us the chance to spend more precious time with Alaric who is glorious, and Jer who I like a lot now too, as well as giving us a surprisingly good ending to the cure storyline – an ending that’s both shocking (usual for TVD, these days) and clever (far less common), so hurrah for that. Given that this season has been an absolute disaster with Elena’s transformation appallingly handled, the Elena-Damon romance mangled and tortured, the Originals smothering the show with supremely irritating smuggery and Stefan’s self-righteous hypocrisy wrapping it all up in a big bow of awfulness, the finale could have been a lot worse.
And there is hope, I guess, for next season. The Originals are off to their own show, Elena has at last made the right choice of Salvatore (Squee! For now….) and hey, at least we got one likeable regular back from the dead. Yay! But I won’t be getting too optimistic. This new Silas/doppelganger story is incomprehensibly stupid and I’m worried the writers will delight in using it to wind the the audience up some more, ruining the characters and the show in the process, just like they did with all the incomprehensibly stupid storylines this year.
I really want to love Diaries again, now that this horrendous season is finally done, but the rot has set in so far it might be something of a challenge. Still, I made it this far. I might as well check out what happens next.