It’s the beginning of the end.
Tonight’s the night, the day we’ve all been dreading, the series finale of The Vampire Diaries.
Eight years ago, I sat down to watch this new vampire show, about a love triangle between two vampire brothers and their love for this one human girl. That first episode introduced us to Stefan and Elena. A vampire that was dead inside and a girl that felt dead inside, both bringing each other back to life… I was hooked. Stefan and Elena’s relationship is what drew me into this show, their undying love for one another, their willingness to fight for each other, hell Stefan was willing to die for her. I soon found myself ‘shipping’ this couple, a term I didn’t even know before this show. Stelena was and still is my OTP (One True Pairing) another term I didn’t know until TVD.
But it wasn’t just Stelena that drew me in. Yes Stelena was the reason I fell in the with the show. But it was also their compelling (pun intended) storytelling. It wasn’t just about the love triangle, there was some deep rooted rich backstory about these characters and it needed to be told. We soon we’re introduced to the fact that these brothers had been around for over 100 years. This meant they had a long history together and part of that history was Katherine. Katherine the one that started it all and so happened to look like the girl they both loved, Elena. Talk about weird and complicated, but it made me want to know more. Why did they look alike? Would history repeat itself again? What was Stefan and Damon’s relationship like throughout the years?
Some of those questions were answered in flashbacks, oh how I loved the flashbacks. Those were the moments were we really got to see why these characters were the way they were, and learned more about them. On top of the flashbacks the storytelling was gripping, it had danger, excitement, it was edge of your seat kind of stuff. Every week after the episode ended, I needed more, I needed to see what happened next, that couldn’t have happened without amazing writing and acting.
Over the eight years we have been introduced to doppelgangers, hybrids, originals, travellers, syphons, vampires, witches, werewolves, sirens, the cure, there’s definitely some I’ve missed, but you name it, any supernatural element, TVD has delved into it. Although this is a supernatural show, and these characters are supernatural, we could still relate. The writers kept an element of humanity within the show with emotion and relationships.
This show took us on a rollercoaster of emotions, we saw death, a lot of death, break-ups and make-ups, character transformations. This show took us on an emotional ride, we’ve cheered, cried, shouted and even petitioned for our favourite couples. And the latter wouldn’t have even happened if it wasn’t for social media.
This was the first time I truly immersed myself in a TV show and it was all down to social media. Before social media, you used to just talk to your friends about the show you liked. Now we have Facebook, Twitter etc. I soon learned that I could be more vocal about the show I loved and we the fans are very vocal about this show. People will say it’s just a TV show but it’s more than that, it’s a family, it’s a fandom and social media plays a big part in that.
Now as The Vampire Diaries comes to an end and we the fans have to say goodbye, I’d like to say thank you to everyone that was involved with the show. Thank you for giving us eight great seasons, the journey you took us on, allowing us to be part of the TVD family, the conventions, the Q and A’s on Twitter and making us feel like we were part of the show. And thank you to the fans for the fandom. There might have been times when we all didn’t agree on some things. But we can agree on one thing, that we loved this show and we might cry our eyes out at the finale.
So thank you TVD and goodbye, it’s been one hell of an awesome ride.
The Vampire Diaries finale airs tonight at 8/7c on The CW.