Now that was a season finale. The creators of ‘Vampire Diaries’ promised it would be epic, and they kept their word. In retrospect I should have known something was off the second that Elena (Nina Dobrev) seemingly allowed Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to kiss her. I thought it seemed way too soon, even given the heartfelt conversation that the two had about Damon’s newfound conscience. But I didn’t realize it was Katherine until she pulled out a knife and chopped off Jonathan’s fingers. Katherine is gangsta! Too bad she didn’t turn Renee (Annie Wersching) from ‘24.’ The two could have traveled the country chopping off men’s hands.
The return of Katherine was only the most shocking of the numerous cliffhangers. Jeremy has swallowed a vial of Anna's blood along with a bottle of sleeping pills in the hopes that he'd wake up a vampire. Caroline may not survive after being seriously injured in a car accident. Tyler has hit werewolf puberty and does not realize it. I think it's safe to say that every single person who watched the finale will be tuning in next season.
There were so many other surprises. We learned that Jonathan Gilbert's mysterious device was the creature version of a dog whistle, emitting a sound frequency that caused crippling pain for not only vampires but werewolves. The theme of the episode was the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Mayor Lockwood (Robert Pralgo) signed on to Jonathan Gilbert's (David Anders) vampire extermination plan, only to end up dead himself because the device worked on him. Bonnie's (Katerina Graham) decision not to dismantle the device because of her anti-vampire beliefs led to Tyler's (Michael Trevino) car crash, which injured Caroline (Candice Accola). Damon's decision to embrace his humanity and tell Jeremy that Anna died led to Jeremy's (Steven R. McQueen) decision to turn himself. When Anna (Malese Jow) gave Jeremy a vial of her blood, it was like Chekov's gun. I knew it was going to get used by the end of the episode even if I didn't understand why Anna didn't simply tell Jeremy she'd turn him whenever he wanted. Jenna's desire to protect Elena by interrupting her make-out session with Damon led to her inviting Katherine into the house. Jonathan lost some fingers, and possibly his life because he wanted to rid Mystic Falls of vampires, who are still the bloodthirsty bad guys despite all the moral ambiguity of the individual vamps we have come to know and love.
The final statistics:
Definitely dead: Mayor Lockwood, Anna, the tomb vamps
Maybe dead: Caroline, Jeremy, John
Definitely werewolf: Tyler
Definitely confused: Damon
Definitely screwed: Elena