And so it ends. Season five came to a close on Thursday night with a heart-breaking implosion (and an impressive explosion) that left our characters unmoored — loved ones lost, and returned. Home is where the heart is, as the saying goes, and in this finale, the Mystic Falls gang proved willing to go to the ends of the earth to be together and to protect their loved ones even when that meant risking their own existence.
There’s a lot to parse from last night’s Vampire Diaries Season 5 finale, but before we get to the handful of Julie Plec’s teases for Season 6, some excellent news: According to Julie, via Entertainment Weekly, Michael Malarkey has been promoted to series regular for Season 6. Enzo will be back. Huzzah!
And here’s a spoiler-filled post-mortem roundup courtesy of Julie, who clears up some foggy moments from last night’s finale and hints at what we can expect when The Vampire Diaries returns in Fall 2014:
- Entertainment Weekly: ‘Vampire Diaries’ season finale: EP Julie Plec answers burning questions
- TV Line: Post Mortem: Vampire Diaries Boss on the [spoiler]Bonnie/Damon[/spoiler] ‘Mystery,’ [spoiler]Alaric’s[/spoiler] Struggle, Stefan’s Journey and More Season 6 Scoop
- The Hollywood Reporter: ‘Vampire Diaries’ Boss on Season 6 ‘Reset’: ‘Everybody Gets to Start Over’ (Q&A)
- TV Guide: Vampire Diaries’ Julie Plec on [spoiler]Damon and Bonnie[/spoiler]’s Fate, [spoiler]Magic-less[/spoiler] Mystic Falls and More
Ready to watch Home (EP522) again? US fans can now download the episode from Amazon or iTunes. US fans can also watch the episode for free right now at the CW site.
In case you missed ’em:
- Reaction Post & Poll: The Vampire Diaries – Home (EP522 – Season Finale)
- Complete Songlist for The Vampire Diaries: Home (EP522)
Courtesy of Chris Mollere, The Vampire Diaries’ music supervisor – follow him on Twitter!
Songs listed in order of appearance.
|Lykke Li “No Rest For The Wicked”|
|Ash Grunwald “Walking”|
|I Am Strikes “Love Is Just A Way To Die”|
|Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Buried Alive”|
|Glasvegas “Finished Sympathy”|
|Lucy Rose “Be Alright”|
WARNING: If you have yet to see tonight’s Vampire Diaries season finale, do not click this link as it contains a massive spoiler and, honestly, you should just experience it. Okay? Wait until you’ve seen the episode, you will not be sorry.
According to TV Guide, The Vampire Diaries has added a series regular for Season 6. You can find out who it is by clicking this link, but seriously, please watch the episode first unless you hate experiencing pure happiness and anything that is good or wholesome and just in this world.
Alas, season 5 draws to a close tonight, to be followed by the dreaded hiatus until Season 6 starts later this year. Will the Travelers get their collective butts kicked? Will the Other Side be saved? Who keeps leaving Damon in charge of making all the plans? As with many of Damon’s plans, things will go ‘splodey. As it’s a finale, expect it to be impressive, likely followed by cliffhanger fallout of massive proportions.
Once you’ve finished watching and shaken yourself back to reality, swing by here to rate the season 5 finale of The Vampire Diaries. All discussion about the episode is welcomed and encouraged in the comments of this post.
Quick guide to the poll: 5 Points = LOVE, 1 Point = MEH.
I was going to ask if you’re ready for tonight’s season finale of The Vampire Diaries, but who am I kidding? I’m 100% sure that none of us are emotionally prepared for this. But here it is. So gather up your Kleenex and your wine and maybe some ice cream and a teddy bear, because we’re assuming we will need all of those things to deal with this finale. Home (EP522) premieres on the CW at 8/7c.
(Looking for the list of posts from the week? You’ll now find it on Friday in the Friday Night Bites post.)
Prepare Yourself for Home:
- Read the synopsis
- See the episode stills
- Watch the short promo
- Watch the extended promo
- Watch the webclip
It seems unfair to declare a finale the best episode of a season, doesn’t it? Season finales are meant to be pull-out-all-the-stops affairs, constructed for maximum plot and emotional impact, therefore giving them a leg up in the grand scheme of a television season. It’s the pay off, the grand moment of resolution. We go into a season finale expecting our asses to be kicked and our hearts ripped out. Yet The Originals season finale, From a Cradle to a Grave, managed to surpass my already heightened expectations and I feel wholly confident, and not at all apologetic, in saying it was the best episode this show has done to date. From its exquisitely wrought cold open to its menacing final scene, this finale not only capped an admirable freshman season but promised a world of hurt in Season 2. Ready to relive every agonizing moment and cry all over again? Oh, you’re still crying? Me, too. Let’s go.
Everyone bracing themselves for the Vampire Diaries season finale tonight? If you need some teases, EP Caroline Dries has spoken with TV Guide about what we’re in for tonight.
“The finale will have major effects on our characters and they all will have their own way of dealing and moving on. We think of it as the college metaphor. You leave for college and then when you come home to visit, everything feels a little different and eventually you realize you don’t really live there anymore.”
Ready to watch From a Cradle to a Grave (EP122) again? Or watch it over and over all summer? US fans can now download the episode from Amazon or iTunes. US fans can also watch the episode for free right now at the CW site.
Download From a Cradle to a Grave:
In case you missed ’em:
- Reaction Post & Poll: The Originals – From a Cradle to a Grave (EP122)
- Complete Songlist for The Originals: From a Cradle to a Grave (EP122 – Season Finale)