Previously on The Vampire Diaries…Season 3 ended with a splash in The Departed (EP322).
With Season 4 premiering tomorrow night, this is your last chance to brush up on the Season 3 finale before we strap in for the next ride.
Shall we begin?
Well, here we go: the CW’s summer rewatch ends tonight with The Departed (EP322), the season three finale. The show will be off next week, but The Vampire Diaries will RETURN in two weeks, on October 11, with Growing Pains (EP401), the season four premiere! We’ve almost made it!
Episode refresher course:
- Reaction post & poll
- Complete songlist
- Discuss the episode
- Crissy Calhoun’s recap: It’ll Be Fine…
Miss a post this week?
- CW Interview with Candice Accola (VIDEO)
- Friday Night Bites, Sept. 15-21: Late Night Appearances, Heartthrobs & Fans
- CW Interview with Michael Trevino (VIDEO)
- Official Stills for Memorial (EP402)
We know, we know. We’re super-late getting the Season 3 retrospective polls started this year. Here’s our first step in remedying this egregious mistake! We asked our readers to vote for their top episodes of The Vampire Diaries Season 3, and you have spoken! (And may Season 4 rock.)
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Way back in November, during the mid-season hiatus, we asked you to pick your favorite episodes of The Vampire Diaries Season 3 (so far). There were only nine episodes to pick from (Homecoming, Ordinary People and The Reckoning took top honors), so we think it’s finally time to look back at the season as a whole. Pick your THREE favorite episodes of The Vampire Diaries Season 3 and leave a comment to tell us why your favorites reign.
The moment we’ve all been impatiently waiting for and dreading all at the same time. The season 3 finale will be on our screens very soon. This is a Vampire Diaries finale, and we can guarantee that you’re in for shocks and surprises. Prepare yourselves with tissues, cups of tea and the usual supplies that can be found in a Vampire Diaries Survival Kit. You will need them.
Season 4 has been confirmed, and will be airing in the USA in October. We don’t have any idea of the return date for the UK yet, but will post as soon as we hear anything.
ITV2 will be displaying the Twitter #TVDUK hashtag during the episode, and will also be reading out the best or funniest tweet using the hashtag over the end credits. Be sure to tweet your reactions, and make sure you’re following @ITV2 for some entertaining keyboard mashing while you’re at it. As always, you can also follow us on @tvdnews.
So, want to whet your appetites? We’ve got some teasers for you, as well as some links to check out after the episode.
- Read the synopsis
- See the episode stills
- Watch the extended promo
- Watch the webclips
- Watch the producer’s preview
- Reaction post & poll
- Forum discussion
- Complete songlist
- Crissy Calhoun’s recap
And so it ends. This show has always been about choice, and this finale brought that theme back to the forefront. Just like its characters, The Vampire Diaries is brave enough to make controversial choices and stick to them, despite knowing that some of the viewers at home will be screaming, no no no no no — did I mention no? The Departed didn’t have that surprise-around-every-corner frenzy of past finales, but it was damn fine television — a finale that brought us back to the core of our main character and showed us the two days in which her entire life changed.
Here’s another post-season finale interview with Julie Plec, this time from Zap2it. Spoilers like crazy for The Departed (EP322) and hints for season 4. Julie answers more questions about the love triangle, talks about where things are with Bonnie and sheds quite a bit more light on Tyler’s situation.
Zap2it: [spoiler]In Season 2, you guys told the story of Caroline’s transition to being a vampire so beautifully. How do you expect Elena’s transition to be different, so that it feels like a new story?
Plec: [spoiler]I think the differnce here is that you have two vampires, two brothers who love this girl equally, who are going to have significantly diverging opinions about how it should all go down and what the most effective way to be a vampire is. One of the things we’ve seen in the last three years, especially this season in the  flashback, is that neither of them particularly took to vampire life all that well. Damon was bitter and pissed off about it for 50 years before he realized he could have fun, and Stefan had his own demons, his Ripperhood. They’re both going to have an opinion on how to help Elena. Stefan’s method was very successful for Caroline, and we’ll see him trying to teach Elena, where Damon is taking the opposite point of view. We’re going to have a lot of conflict attached to those opinions.[/spoiler]
Few characters on The Vampire Diaries have gone through as many changes as Tyler Lockwood over the last three seasons, and Michael Trevino has had some really great moments to shine along the way.
The actor recently spoke with TV Guide about the many faces of Tyler, and what storyline he’d liked to have seen more of. Great big spoilers for The Departed (EP322)!
“I was really nonexistent in Season 1. Tyler was really one-note, a jerk, and an alpha male d—–bag — it was boring and I was frustrated,” he says. “To see how fast Tyler’s arc has progressed from Seasons 2 and 3 — when he first found out about the werewolf thing, then he turns into a werewolf, and in Season 3 he becomes the first successful hybrid, and his relationship on and off with Caroline — I like the way things went and that he grew up.”
We may not get any new Vampire Diaries until fall, but you can pass the time by watching The Departed (EP322) over and over. US fans can now download the episode from iTunes or Amazon. And remember, US fans can watch the episode for free right now at the CW site.
NOTE: No iTunes UK link yet. We’ll add it when we get it!
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In case you missed ‘em:
A lot of fans are reeling from last nights season 3 finale, but take a few deep breaths! We’ve got all summer to sort through every detail of season 3, and Vampire Diaries will be back again for season 4 in the Fall.
Speaking of season 4, Entertainment Weekly had some questions for Julie Plec about last night’s episode and what’s coming up in the new season. Spoiler alert for The Departed (EP322). Julie answers questions about most of the major characters on the show, and clears up a few things that may have confused people in last night’s episode. Naturally, several questions focus on Elena and the Salvatores and where things stand between them.
[spoiler]So she made her choice, but you set up that it’s not necessarily final — the sexual tension will still exist, even if it’s just simmering.[/spoiler] I feel like fans on both sides should be happy with this.
No. No. The most passionate of the opposing teams are never quite happy unless they get exactly what they want. But, I would say everybody else can understand that end game means end of series. We’re in the middle of the journey, [spoiler]and our heroine just made a life decision and then EVERYTHING in her life is about to change.[/spoiler] We’re starting Part 2. We’ll continue to ask the question “Why was it right for her?” and answer it as we move into next season. Elena as a character will continue to evolve and change, as will our boys, as will their feelings for each other and for her. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
READ THE REST OF THE INTERVIEW AT ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY.
Season Finale Post-Mortems (spoilers, obviously):