So the season ends with the team pulling together to save Bonnie (thus, themselves) from her vampire hunting obsession. Damon makes the game-winning save, and it looks like he will finally be back in everyone’s good graces, right? Of course not. Because what would a Vampire Diaries season finale be if not one with a twist. Here we go…
The whole crew is powwow-ing over what to do about Bonnie. Stefan and Caroline conference in from the road. Damon, while chatting, is at the Armory preparing to blow up the entrance so that he can get to the body of “the final Everlasting.” Enzo is at the psych ward, on his way to see Virginia St. John. He tells everyone that he spoke with a descendant of the people who created Rayna Cruz, and that getting rid of Mr. Everlasting will free Bonnie. Caroline thinks this would actually kill Bonnie. Who knows. But the crew is getting desperate.
Back at the Armory, Damon’s explosive attempt to break in fails. His plan B is to get Valerie to siphon off Bonnie’s magic seal, but Stefan has no idea where she is. Damon’s third option involves “the cutest little plan C’s you’ve ever seen.” He means Caroline’s witch twins, Josie and Lizzie, who can also siphon magic. Mama bear immediately slams the brakes on that proposal.
Meanwhile, Bonnie is in hot pursuit, driving the police SUV with Matt tied down inside. Because she is mystically connected to Caroline, Stefan, Damon, and Enzo via their scars, she can hear bits and pieces of what they are saying. She can also feel what they are feeling, which is fear. She admits to Matt that she doesn’t want to hurt them.
At the crazy house, Enzo wants Virginia to tell him exactly what the hell is inside the vault. “It’s been alive for thousands of years,” she says. Yes, it’s evil. It’s very bad. We know. But can you give us some solid details please? What does it look like? Does it have fur? Because if I see this thing on the street, I might want to walk the other way. Enzo uses compulsion to help her relax and get to the point because, d@mn, does this girl beat around the bush. Apparently she tells him, but he doesn’t tell us. I sense a season eight continuation of this problem.
Bonnie calls Caroline and demands that Stefan drive faster because she is gaining on them. Just then, police report a pile-up on the road ahead that has traffic at a standstill. No bueno. Stefan has to pull a fast-and-furious in reverse, knowing this will bring them straight toward Bonnie. “All you have to do is let us drive by you, Bonnie,” he says. Clearly he didn’t read “Escaping Vampire Hunters for Dummies,” or else he would know he is asking for the impossible.
As they get closer to Bon Bon, she is ready to crash into them head on. Matt breaks the ropes off his hands just in time to yank the steering wheel and avoid the collision. The vamps escape unharmed, but the SUV veers off the road and slams through some trees before crashing to a stop.
When Stefan doesn’t hear from Damon for a while, his brotherly instincts tell him Damon is up to something. He’s right. Damon is ready to hop on a plane to Dallas with Enzo to grab Caroline’s twins. Stefan thwarts those plans, insisting that only Caroline gets to make that decision. And make it she does. Caroline finally calls Alaric and tells him that the only way out of this mess is to have Josie and Lizzie get them into the Armory. Alaric wants to bring his baby mama home, so he agrees.
Bonnie and Matt survive the crash, but Matt is injured. His leg is stuck under the crushed glove compartment and he can’t get out of the car. Bonnie’s urge to hunt is too strong to stay and help, so she leaves him. He calls for help on his police radio, which doesn’t seem to be working.
While waiting at the Armory for the wonder twins, Stefan and Damon have a brotherly moment. Stefan tells Damon that what he calls love is really fear. “I refuse to be ruled by fear. I refuse to be you,” he says.
Meanwhile, Bonnie can see everyone waiting at the Armory like “sitting ducks,” she says. Enzo convinces her to focus on hunting him so that he can lead her away from them. It works.
After Caroline’s twinsies siphon the magic seal off the Armory, Damon and Stefan head inside and see nothing but carnage and broken furniture.
Enzo stops running to prepare a romantic dinner. Huh? He seems to think that tapping into their love for each other will cure her hunter-itis. Not so. As much as Bonnie doesn’t want to kill him, she can’t stop. She pulls out her stake gun and gets to shooting.
As Damon and Stefan reach the vault, Damon tries to convince Stefan to let him handle the task alone. He tells Stefan to let him succeed or fail by himself—to stop trying to keep him safe. He wants Stefan not to fear what will happen and to trust that Damon will be okay. I knew that “fear” comment was gonna come back to vampire bite Stefan in the butt. He grudgingly complies and heads back outside. When Caroline sees him, she gives him a little too much hugging. Alaric notices.
As Bonnie and Enzo duke it out, she stakes him—but just a little. He tries to hold the stake from fully piercing his heart, but he is injured and weak. “Fight me. Fight me! Push me off of you,” Bonnie demands.
And then Enzo makes me pull out a tissue. “When this is over, don’t remember this moment. Remember the other ones: New Year’s Eve and champagne, and your terrible, terrible guitar playing that never really got any better, even though I said it did. And remember that I had over a century of pain and loneliness before I found you. And then three glorious years of love.”
If you weren’t a Bonenzo fan before, this scene right here had to do it for you. Through her tortured urges to kill him, she can still feel their love. “I love you, Enzo,” she says.
Just as Damon finds the Everlasting, Bonnie can’t hold back any longer. Right when she’s about to kill Enzo, Damon burns the corpse. This immediately releases Bonnie from the spell. She grabs her wounded man and kisses him.
Outside the Armory, Caroline’s scar disappears. Then Alaric and her have a heart-to-heart. He knows she doesn’t love him in the same way he loves her. Ric had hoped their family connection would grow into something more, but it didn’t. So he releases her. “And no matter what happens, Caroline—you, me, the kids—we’re a family. And we will always be a family,” he says. Poor, sweet Alaric. Somebody please give this man a true love that doesn’t get killed by a hybrid or serial killing witch.
Back to Matt, whose life is fading as he remains stuck in the SUV. Penny appears to him in ghost form, and he apologizes for taking her life. With her sweet humor she responds, “You’re a terrible shot. We established that years ago.” He tells her he wants to be with her. That he wants her to take him with her. But she makes him wake up so that he can find a better life, and he opens his eyes to a rescue squad. Now, I don’t get emotional over Matt, like, EVER—but he actually pulled some real tears outta me during this scene.
As Caroline and Stefan wait for Damon to come out of the Armory, she admits to him that she has thawed out. They kiss and make up. It looks like this vanilla Steroline romance is here to stay. *big disappointed sigh*
Damon calls Bonnie, who has finally “kind of” forgiven him. As he’s about to exit the vault, he hears a ghostly voice call to him. It’s Elena—or really the vault evil pretending to be Elena and toying with Damon’s emotions. Bonnie reminds him that she’s in a warehouse in Brooklyn, but memories of her start flooding his mind. Entranced, he goes back inside to find her.
Bonnie and Enzo hurry to the Armory, but only Enzo goes in after Damon. When Damon appears, it is clear some other “being” has possessed him. And whatever it is, it gets its claws on Enzo, too. Literally—ancient creepy claws all up on his face.
The episode ends with journal entries to Elena from Caroline, Matt and Stefan explaining what happened after that. No one could get into the vault once Damon and Enzo disappeared inside. It took a week before Alaric finally cracked the entry code, but what they found when they walked in was…nothing. They don’t know how, but the dynamic duo escaped.
“I’m worried about Bonnie. She lost the two people closest to her,” Caroline writes. And since her magic didn’t return, Bonnie can’t do a locator spell to find them.
Matt decides to leave Mystic Falls and all of its supernatural chaos behind so that he can find happiness.
Stephan writes that, after three months, a string of missing persons reports on the West Coast tips them off to where Damon and Enzo could be. He promises to get Damon back.
Then we see the bad boy vamps in a warehouse hanging dead, bloody bodies upside down like cattle in a slaughter house. The end.
So…I think the show did a pretty good job keeping Elena’s presence felt during this season. But I really do really miss her with Damon on the show. This wasn’t the strongest season, but it definitely wasn’t the worst. Season five takes that title.
What I did love was Bonnie’s new romance with Enzo. Those two have much more chemistry than Steroline. They could be the hot romance to focus on while Delena’s is on hiatus. Bonnie’s conflicted friendship with Damon, and just Bonnie—period—made this season worth watching. Her character deserved center stage. Kat Graham is an amazing actress.
I desperately want to see Damon reunite with Elena, but apparently the only way that will happen is if The Vampire Diaries ends—so I guess I’m willing to wait. This show still has a lot to offer via its core characters, like Caroline and Bonnie. I hope to see them take central roles in season eight.
So what did you think about season seven?
Did Stefan have more chemistry with Valerie than Caroline?
Was the Caroline and Alaric union weird?
Did an evil Damon and Enzo ending do it for you?
If you missed what happened last week, catch it here: The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Ep. 21
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