The ending we got on Friday’s last ever episode of The Vampire Diaries, you know the one that made you sob your heart out, wasn’t the ending Julie and Kevin originally had in mind.
In fact it didn’t have one tragic death but two. The finale we had saw Stefan Salvatore sacrifice everything to save Mystic Falls and his brother, leaving Damon to have a happy human ending with Elena. Oh Stefan, he didn’t have hero hair for nothing. If anyone remembers, Julie always used to say how her ending was always rooted in the original plan but altered slightly over the years due to the show’s success.
The original ending actually had both brothers bite the dust and Plec reveals how that ending looked as she tells Entertainment Weekly the original details. “Back in season 2 when Kevin and I were sitting in the mall and we had fallen in love with this series and this story about two brothers who loved the same girl and the love triangle was kicking into high gear, we said to ourselves: When all is said and done, when this show is over, both brothers should die in the name of saving their girl and then be watching her like ghosts — because we had introduced the Other Side — as she went off into the sunset to live her life and maybe marry Matt Donovan or maybe become a doctor, but that those brothers would be side-by-side watching her live. That was the thing that made us cry all the tears in season 2.”
So the finale was kind of still rooted in the original concept, Elena became a doctor and lived a happy life. But in terms of the love triangle. Elena made her choice and that was to be with Damon. Stefan also seemed to have moved on with Caroline, and the love triangle kind of fizzled out. And with Nina exiting the show at the end of season 6 the love triangle could be no more as Julie says. “I felt like we had to make a commitment to seeing Damon and Elena through to the end,” Plec says. “If Nina had never left, I would’ve loved to have been able to see if Stefan and Elena could’ve found their way back to each other. I don’t know if they could have, but had that departure not been a part of it, the long game would’ve been to see if we could bring the love triangle back around before the series ended and really leave a choice. But her departure sealed the romantic contract between Damon and Elena. In that moment, to me, the show ceased to be about a love triangle and became a show about the power of these brothers and their love for each other. And so there was no way in hell I was killing both of them and leaving neither of them with the happy ending. It just was never going to happen.”
So in the end, Stelena could have been together one more time and Kevin was definitely rooting for that as he tells Deadline, “I always thought it would be Stefan and Elena. They were sort of the anchor of the show, but because we lost Elena in Season 6, we couldn’t go back. You know Nina could only come back for one episode – maybe if she had come back for the whole season, we could even have warped back towards that, but you can’t just do it in 42 minutes.” I have to agree with Kevin, Stelena was the anchor of the show; they were what held the show together.
But the finale could have also spelled the end of Delena as Stefan wasn’t always their first choice to sacrifice himself. As Julie has already stated she wasn’t killing both brothers, as she definitely wanted one to survive. So there were many discussions on which brother would be the hero as Plec says, “[We had] just as any discussions over killing Damon as we did over killing Stefan, and let me tell you, for a very long time, the pendulum swung the other way.”
In the end though everyone found their peace. We did get to see a Lexi, Stefan reunion and one last Defan hug with a Hello Brother from Damon.