(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not watched Friday’s “The Vampire Diaries” series finale episode, entitled “I Was Feeling Epic.”)
It’s the one question you can’t escape when discussing “The Vampire Diaries” – who should Elena be with, Stefan or Damon?
In the Season 8 finale, which was the series finale for the drama starring Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder, an endgame for the show’s central love triangle was determined, once and for all.
After sacrificing himself so that his brother, Elena and the town of Mystic Falls could live, Stefan was mourned by all of his friends, finally finding peace while his new wife Caroline (Candice King) learned to move on without him, opening a school for gifted youngsters with her ex, Alaric (Matthew Davis).
But while one love story for Caroline ended with Stefan’s sacrifice, she received a mysterious letter from Klaus (Joseph Morgan), who signed off “As long as it takes,” with voice-over telling us that was the beginning of another long story.
Meanwhile, Bonnie (Kat Graham) finally realized she was strong enough to keep on living without Enzo (Michael Malarky) and went on to travel the world — after some powerful magic helped save the town, of course.
As for Elena, Stefan got his emotional goodbye with his first love, whispering one last secret into her ear: Tell Caroline he got her last message, and that he would love her forever too.
He then crossed over to the other side, where old friend Lexi (Arielle Kebbel) waited for him with a laugh and a hug.
Elena reunited with Damon, returned to Mystic Falls after med school, and after a long life together, she too found peace in what appears to be death, where she was reunited with her deceased family, including aunt Jenna (Sara Canning), her parents and even uncle John (David Anders).
And naturally, the series ended with one last callback to Season 1, with Stefan opening the door to Damon, who says simply, “Hello brother.”