Nina Dobrev wasn’t kidding when she told MTV News earlier this week that the finale would be chock full of OMG moments. Things started out normal enough, with everyone preparing for the Founder’s Day parade. As Jeremy donned his soldier costume for the history class float (hot!), Anna popped into his room to ask him to leave town with her — she’d even turn him. Jeremy said he used to want to turn, but now he didn’t think he could. Anna dejectedly disappeared.
The secret town council finalized their plans — they knew the tomb vampires were attacking, so they would use the Gilbert device, which emits a high-pitched sound humans can’t hear that incapacitates all vampires within a five-block radius. The sheriff’s deputies would then inject all the vampires with vervane.
Giving us the first scare of the night, Anna joined the tomb vampires as they readied their plan of attack: They would go after the founders’ families as soon as the fireworks started. Turns out, Anna was only acting as a double agent so she could warn Damon about what would happen. Phew. Anna can’t be evil, since she is kind of the best.
Moment of truth time: The tomb vamps mobilized as Mayor Lockwood introduced the fireworks, while Uncle John initiated the device. All the vampires nearby dropped to their knees in searing pain. (Kudos on the acting here — this could’ve looked cheesy. It didn’t. At all.) The deputies began rounding them all up, including Damon and Anna. They almost got Stefan, but Alaric saved him. In an interesting turn of events, both Tyler and his father heard the noise, too. The Mayor was rounded up by the police, but Tyler, who was driving Matt and Caroline home, crashed his car.
When Anna and Damon woke up, they were lying on the floor of the old Gilbert building while one of Uncle John’s men poured gasoline everywhere. Anna grabbed John’s leg and peered up at him. Instead of talking to her, he took a stake and drove it into her body. Anna was dead.
The first big OMG bombshell dropped, and we were only 30 minutes in. Anna wasn’t the only one killed in the basement: Mayor Lockwood was down there too, but since the vervane didn’t work on him, he clearly wasn’t a vampire (one word: werewolf!!!). He didn’t move fast enough to get out, however, and one of the tomb vampires snapped his neck.
Elena got home just as Damon was leaving, and the surprisingly sensitive vampire took the opportunity to thank her for wanting to save him. Their chemistry proved too much to resist, and his kiss on her cheek turned into a real kiss. SWOON. Before things could get too racy, Aunt Jenna opened the door (with a complete look of disgust on her face), and made Elena come inside. Elena walked into the kitchen, where John tried to explain why he hated vampires. All of a sudden, Elena grabbed a knife and CHOPPED OFF ALL OF JOHN’S FINGERS so as to rid him of the life-saving ring. Brilliant move! It wasn’t Elena after all — it was KATHERINE. I repeat: IT WAS KATHERINE. The episode ended as the real Elena got home, called for her brother and heard a ruckus in the kitchen.
How many times did you scream during the finale? Did you expect any of this to happen? How devastated are you that Anna is dead? How quickly did you forgive Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec for killing Anna once you realized Katherine was back?