Look I’m not one to bash writers, especially because I am one, but this just didn’t do it for me. I’ve watched this show from the pilot and it has been great with twists and turns. I’ve always trusted the writers and I’ve never taken part in the shipper wars but as a reader of the books I do have certain opinions. I know the books and the show are nothing a like but the core of the books is about Elena’s deep and abiding love for Stefan. I more than understand giving proper time to each coupledom but as of tonight the balance has been shattered. For the last two seasons Elena and Damon have been the focus. Stelena fans got a few small moments in season 3 and the first 4 episodes of season 4. They brought us to the Elena has to make a choice moment, she chose Stefan and then she becomes a vampire and that was the end of Stelena. At this point it has become entirely predictable that Elena will chose Damon. Oh Damon is a drug, Damon is different, Damon is wild, he makes her step out of her comfort zone. Elena loves Damon. I get it. I really do and I have nothing against Damon, I actually like his character a lot and I love that we finally get to see him happy. It’s just that this ending doesn’t feel like any sort of big moment. I watched it expecting nothing different but in my heart of hearts I guess I had the tiniest hope. When they revealed Stefan ease dropping in the other room I just let the tears flow. I felt so badly for him but at the same time I think maybe its time he moved forward. Even if Elena were to have changed her mind tonight, I can’t imagine Stefan and Elena jumping back into things. I feel like they are far too broken and this moment shattered them. I really feel like there is no coming back from this and I just can’t see them ever reuniting. Damon has done every horrible thing in the book and it hasn’t swayed her so I just can’t see any reason why she would leave him. He loves her fiercly and she has fallen in love with him. So I guess thats it and I won’t sit here and be that person that says, I so done watching this show. I just won’t because it’s petty and Stelena isn’t why I watch. I watch because I enjoy the show but the main reason I enjoy it is because of its ability to shock and surprise. Other than Silas revealing that Stefan is his doppelganger, nothing about this finale was particularly surprising. I knew they would find a way to keep Jeremy around, I knew Klaus would come back and save Damon, we already knew Bonnie was dead, and we knew Elena would chose Damon as she has all season. Katherine getting the cure was a total cop out. We don’t care what happens to Katherine and we all know she is just going to be rather swiftly killed. Damon getting it, as he did in the books, would have been a nice twist but nope. So Stefan gets dumped, presumably for good this time and resigns himself to leave town. I figured they would let Elena and Damon live out next season as a normal couple and Stefan would just be gone for most of the season until something big happens and they need him. Paul Wesley mentioned that he thought it was time for Stefan to move on and maybe he’ll be missing from next season because he leaves town. So I just figured that is what was going to happen but no. Now Stefan is in a safe, under water, at the bottom of a quarry, with Silas who I’m guessing will spend most of next season pretending to be Stefan. So there it is. Last season we had to deal with ripper Stefan, this season it was ripper Elena and next season we’ll have to deal with Silas as Stefan. I might just hold off on watching for a while until I read that something has changed. Not because of Stelena but the show itself. Maybe someone from the past gets brought back in the fold, maybe someone else will die or become a vampire. Maybe they will find another cure. Those things could get me back and whenever they realize Stefan isn’t Stefan and rescue him but until then I think I’ll be tuning out. I miss the every episode cliffhanger that was the first 2 seasons and I’ve gotten bored with death on this show. After killing off Aleric I’ve become immune to character deaths. First Viki, then Aunt Jenna, Grams, Isobel, John Gilbert, Mason Lockwood, Anna, Bill Forbes, Richard Lockwood, Lexi, Carol Lockwood, Aleric, Jeremy and now Bonnie. We got Jeremy back but it still counts. At this point its Elena, Damon, Stefan, Matt and Caroline. Tyler is on and off and its only a matter of time until Sheriff Forbes is dead. So death on this show isn’t surprising and at this point uninteresting. So I guess I take back what I said about a death, other than Elena’s, bringing me back to the show. I guess this is me just saying I hope something changes and I truly hope one day to return but for now my interest will remain elsewhere on Thursday nights.