If you haven't experience the gut-wrenching, amazing and jaw-dropping Vampire Diaries finale, this post contains SPOILERS! But if you have watched it and still have questions about why ~someone~ had to die, and what the ending really meant, showrunner Julie Plec has answered them all!
First up, Julie addressed Stefan's ultimate sacrifice and why it had to happen to The Hollywood Reporter:
"There have been so many different versions of that in our mind. Back then, the show ended with both brothers dying and watching Elena go out and live her life as a human and grow up and be happy and have kids and get married. And all the sacrifices that they had made so that she could be human and safe made it worth it, and they could've gone and passed on into oblivion."
"Then of course we created the Other Side and then Elena became a vampire and then Nina left the show. Once Nina left the show, all the plans of how it would end one day had to shift because ultimately it became less about ensuring Elena's safety and future and more about the relationships between the brothers themselves and their own path to redemption. There was a pitch on the table that was a very good pitch where Damon didn't make it to the end, and then ultimately the pitch that made it to the end was, I think, the best one."
"For me, Stefan got to have life and happiness," she finished, "He struggled with his — we'll call it his addiction — his entire vampire life, but he had his best friend in Lexi, he had true love in Elena, he had the redemption of his brother, and then he got to fall in love a second time and find a partner and a mate in Caroline. And while his death is absolutely tragic for many reasons, there's also a sense of full circle to his experience that he was the one that sort of got them into this mess and now he's going to get them out of it."
Bonnie's fate was a surprise, coz let's face it she's basically the hero, but what about her undying love for Enzo? Julie said she gave her an open ending on purpose:
"Bonnie needed to survive and to grow up and to live a long life and to have everything she ever wanted. There was a pitch on the table at some point that maybe Bonnie and Matt Donovan would end up together and have children together. There was a pitch on the table that maybe Bonnie takes a series of great French lovers and never has another real relationship again because Enzo is her one true love and she'll see him again in peace."
A lot of us weren't ~quite~ sure what the final scene was. Heaven? A wish? Julie explains it's one meaning is peace:
"To me, that's peace and you can define it however you want," she said. "You can define it as closure, you can define it as heaven, you can define it as some sort of spiritual other world. Whatever it is that you want to define it as, that is what peace means to me — which is that somehow you find yourself at peace because you have everything you ever wanted."
Why did Damon get to be human after all his chaotic behaviour? Julie explained that he earned it whether you believe it or not:
"His last moment of innocence, and I would even say sweetness, was when he was still human 160-some-odd years ago. And so for Stefan to be able to give his brother that opportunity to experience the simple peace and happiness of everyday life as a human and with his girl and all the things that Stefan was able to have I think is the greatest gift of all."
"Damon's done a lot of really crappy things in eight years. He has not been a model citizen. He has been extremely, extremely dysfunctional and extremely disruptive. While in no way are we trying to say the lesson is that the bad boy can be changed by the love of a woman, in this case it's true — and the love of a brother. And so now Damon Salvatore gets to have a second chance at humanity."
What about Steroline we hear you cry? Julie said that Caroline's resilience would come through and she'd one day move on from her loss (lucky she's got so much time huh?)
"Stefan and Caroline found beautiful best friend partnership marital love, familial love, and everything you wish for as an adult that you want out of a partner. And that's after Stefan had epic first love — fall down the rabbit hole, drown in it, painful love — with Elena. So there's no reason why Caroline can't move forward in her life and find a different kind of partner before her currently eternal life is over. I'm not saying it's going to be Klaus, but it certainly leaves a door open for anybody."
So there you have it! Do you have any q's about the finale that Julie didn't answer?
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