Wow, that was totally intense with a one twist that I saw coming only a little before it was revealed and one that I *NEVER* saw coming.
Alaric is dead. We know he's dead because Jeremy saw his ghost. So obviously Elena died too. But in the process, a question I asked last week was answered. If Elena is killed but turns into a vampire, would Alaric die? And the answer is yes. When she collapsed last week, Elena's brain was hemorrhaging. In order to keep her alive, Meredith gave her vampire blood. When Elena died after running off of the bridge to avoid Rebekah (more on that later), she died in the water, but still had vampire blood in her system and revived as a vampire. At least, apparently. Given the fact that Bonnie is a powerful witch, is it possible that Bonnie revived her before the vampire blood could change her? That is an intriguing question that will be answered next season I am sure.
Klaus' body is destroyed. Note that Klaus himself is not dead. Bonnie decided to put his essence into Tyler's body. I am not sure why she did it, but she did. This explains why none of our vampires died despite being from his line. I wonder how long it will take Elijah, Rebekah, and Kol to figure it out. The other question is how long will Klaus be able to stay in control? Is this like when Esther possessed Rebekah? Or is it something more permanent? It would be very interesting next season to see if somehow Tyler and Klaus end up fighting for control of Tyler's body.
You knew that the deal with Elijah was going to go badly because they always do. Elijah promised Elena that if he, Rebekah, and Kol were given Klaus' body, they would disappear and would not bother Mystic Falls again. Well, they didn't get Klaus' body because of Alteric and so Rebekah decided to rid the world of Alteric by killing Elena. So, when Elena and Matt were driving back to Mystic Falls to say goodbye to Stefan (due to his being of Klaus' bloodline), she stood on the bridge and Matt swerved to avoid her and ended in the river. Wonder how the siblings will react to what Bonnie did. We know that Caroline will be unhappy (and that is putting it mildly) and my assumption is that the rest of the gang will be unhappy as well.
Elena finally made a choice. She chose Stefan over Damon. Because she met Stefan first (actually not, but more on that in a sec) and pretty much bonded to him, she chose him, but she did tell Damon that she cared for him. Sucked for Damon, particularly since she actually met Damon first but he compelled her to forget about their meeting. Would that have made a difference in her choice? Possibly. She acknowledged that Damon made her feel powerful and primal, but Stefan makes her feel complete, hence her choice. Other interesting question: Whose blood did Meredith use? If it was Damon's, will that affect how Elena feels?
Loved the flashback scenes with Aunt Jenna and Elena's parents. It was nice to see Aunt Jenna again.
Poor Jeremy, he's lost 2 girlfriends, his parents, his aunt, the second father figure in his life, and now his sister to vampires. And he is in danger of mental instability because of the ring and the fact that he has died. We're talking *ISSUES* here people.
Well, until next season....