The Vampire Diaries season finale recap: A Whole New World

The cure was digested, but all the twists in this episode will take a while
Ep. 23 | Aired May 16, 2013

TAKE IT OFF Elena (Nina Dobrev) wanted to see Damon (Ian Somerhalder) shirtless -- and it really was life or death.

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When Bonnie sat down, Kol appeared in the seat behind her. This was more unfortunate than a tall football player walking in front of me across the football field at graduation and turning around to say, "I'm gonna walk really fast so you can't keep up." Lovely. Kol told Bonnie about his army of pissed off ghosts and no one noticed her sneaking off with him. Kol didn't want the veil to come back up -- he wanted it down so he could live on this side. She took him down to her body, and said that's what she wanted, too -- but you can't always get what you want. She trapped him in that room.

Back to Damon... Vaughn shot him a few more times when he realized that Damon had played him. One more bullet and Damon would have died in seconds, but Alaric showed up and snapped Vaughn's neck and tossed him down into the quarry. Alaric also managed to grab the cure back from Vaughn in the process. Fantastic. Alaric phoned the others ask Stefan whether he should watch Damon die or force-feed him the cure. The witches interrupted the call to give Caroline, their killer, and everyone else the headache from hell. The lead witch whose name I'm not even going to bother to look up suddenly got decapitated by a graduation cap thrown at her. KLAUS! Impressive. Caroline smiled. Probably because she, too, thought it was so cute that Klaus had put on a suit for the occasion. He threatened to speed-toss more caps, and the ghosts retreated.

We found out Klaus had given Damon his blood when we saw Damon's chest perfectly healed. Elena slapped Damon -- which made Alaric proud and Lexi laugh. Suddenly I'm shipping Lexi and Alaric. They really would be great together in supernatural purgatory. They're both so nurturing. I'm pretty sure he was turned on when she was talking about peace being out there if it's what Silas was looking for. Once they serve their time for whatever bad things they've done, they can move on, she imagines. Purgatory: Date Night -- another spinoff, please.

Elena asked for a moment with Stefan, and don't get your hopes up, Stelena fans: She just wanted to thank him for not giving up on her. He said he'd owed her one. He gave her his heart, and she gave him a pen the cure. "The only person worse at being a vampire than me is you," she said. She said he'd taught them how to live as vampires, and now he deserves whatever he wants out of life. I totally thought Stefan would end up taking it.

Caroline, we learned, had sent Klaus a graduation announcement -- hoping for cash, he joked. Or a mini fridge, she admitted. He'd thought about offering her a first-class ticket to New Orleans, but then he opted for something she'd use: He was letting Tyler come back to town. That was sweet, but also sexy as hell: "He's your first love. I intend to be your last. However long it takes," he said. He kissed her on the cheek and escorted her off-screen. What a loving way to send Klaus off to The Originals.

NEXT: Elena's choice

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