The wind kicks up again on the Other Side, and Bonnie finally gets some payback for Silas killing her father. Armed with the spell, she no longer needs his help and lets him fly away.The Witching Hour
At 7 p.m. Liv begins to chant while Jeremy and Matt start the leak. Bonnie is reunited with her Grams who tells it like it is. She doubts her granddaughter can survive this upcoming onslaught, and even if she does, she's still the Anchor. In case you haven't figured it out, there's nothing short of a Hail Mary that's going to allow Bonnie to emerge alive.
Grams says she will not be making the trip because she's found her peace. That's been big this episode; supernaturals who've made peace and moved on. Maybe that's what happened to Jenna. Although, given the circumstances of her demise, this seems unlikely. Lexie and Stefan discuss it in terms of Alaric and themselves.
Anyway, back to Grams. her peace was making sure that Bonnie found hers. Hardly the time to be so cryptic.
Markos keeps the sheriff close even as her phone rings constantly. He wonders why she would evacuate the town but stay to lecture the Travelers on their civic duties. She says the captain goes down with the ship. Realizing Markos could screw up the works, she asks him if he smells gas. Once in the back, she clocks him in the head with her gun and texts Damon that it's go time. As she tries to leave, Markos grabs her.
Damon, who's sitting on his car just outside the town limits, receives the sheriff's text and prepares to enter Mystic Falls, for what could be, the last time. Elena's all "you jump, I jump." The two have an Empire Strikes Back
meets Thelma and Louise
moment just before crashing into the Grille. And as promised, BOOM!The Long and Winding Road
In the woods, Bonnie comes face to face with the Travelers, including Markos. He tells her he'll just come right back through. After all, he said himself the world was full of Travelers. But that fight is for another time, so he crosses over. Next comes Elena and Stefan. Bonnie warns them to come back as fast as they can. As if they were planning to stop for ice cream.
On the Other Side, Elena is reunited with Alaric. He urges her to move quickly. Damon has vanished, and she says she needs to find him. Alaric reminds her about Jeremy and assures her that he'll find Damon.
It takes Damon a little longer to get his bearings. When he comes to, he sees Liz who appears to be the lone survivor of the explosion. He and Alaric enjoy some quick banter and head off to find Bonnie.
Liv is struggling, and her nose is bleeding. Luke tells Bonnie this is too much for his sister, and they have to go now. Stefan, who has shown up with Lexie, insists they all go together. Luke says he doesn't care and crosses back over. He tells his sister she can stop now, but Liv refuses to stop, saying she promised she'd help them. Enzo and Damon return next. Caroline is waiting, and after a brusque hug, Tyler says he feels different. It turns out, he's no longer a hybrid.
Still lingering are Stefan, Lexie and Elena. Both Stefan and Elena refuse to leave without Damon, but Bonnie grabs her bestie and flings her through. Bonnie starts to cough and becomes unsteady. Always the gentleman, Stefan tries to lend her a hand and accidentally leaves the Other Side, Lexie and his brother.
Lexie realizes the process is killing Bonnie, but Bonnie swears she can hold on. Markos reappears and gets into a fight with Lexie who sends his ass hurdling into the stratosphere.
Bonnie tells Lexie it's her turn, but the vampire refuses. She questions what kind of best friend she would be if she went before Stefan got his brother back.
Liv is looking rough, and Luke has had enough. Damon and Alaric show up, and Lexie's nowhere to be found. I'm guessing she found peace. Bonnie pushes Alaric through. But then, Luke breaks the spell. This leaves Damon stranded. Long Distance Relationship
Luke and Liv disappear, not that their presence would matter. This whole plan relied on timing. Bonnie breaks it to a distraught Elena so that she can say goodbye. She can't see or hear him, but she begs him not to leave her. Damon says a bunch of sweet stuff about how lucky he was to be loved by the great Elena Gilbert. It kind of rings shallow because you know he's coming back at some point (unless Ian's pulling a Claire Holt). The Best Laid Plans
Stefan is super bummed as well, since he lost his best friend all over again and his brother.
Bonnie finally admits the truth to Jeremy over the phone. She says she died the day before high school graduation, and the rest has been a gift. She also tells him to take care of his sister. Determined to see her, Jeremy hauls ass to the woods to join the others.
Damon and Bonnie, never close in life, find comfort in each other in their final moments. As they are swallowed in light and wind, Bonnie asks her companion if he thinks it will hurt. His final words are "I don't know."
Grams had something up her sleeve, we're all just going to have to wait until next fall to find out what is was.
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