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Continuing along with my Final Vampire Diaries series. Here are my ten missed opportunities. Most of these truly are "missed opportunities" rather than "wishful thinking" or "fantasies" in most cases. These are stories or scenes that I genuinely feel could (and some *should*) have come out of the existing narrative, mythology and/or character arcs. (OK, fine, a few are pure wish fulfillment fantasies.) Each section is listed in order of the most glaring (in their yearning) in my opinion as a viewer. And because I am eternally this show's bitch, I also offered up a devil's advocate position on some (most) of these points—if possible (almost always so).

Here we go…

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'THE VAMPIRE DIARIES' WRAP-UP THOUGHTS

- Major Unresolved Issues
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Minor Unresolved Issues
 
 
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Continuing along with my Final Vampire Diaries series. Here are my five minor unresolved issues. They didn't affect the overall narrative, but matter enough though that they will probably always bother me just enough that I take note whenever I re-watch the series. Each section is listed in order of the most glaring (either in their egregiousness or yearning) in my opinion as a viewer. And because I am eternally this show's bitch, I also offered up a devil's advocate position on some (most) of these points—if possible (almost always so).

Here we go…

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'THE VAMPIRE DIARIES' WRAP-UP THOUGHTS

- Major Unresolved Issues
 
 
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Anyone who reads my Vampire Diaries commentary is well aware of how much I love this show. It is officially my all-time favorite and I was very happy and quite satisfied with the finale. Overall, I think that for a series that ran for eight seasons with 161 episodes, executive producers Julie Plec (who alone helmed the show from day one), Kevin Williamson and Caroline Dries, did a marvelous job in maintaining a steady narrative, remaining true to that narrative, their core characters and the mythology. With that said… in what wound up being the mid-way point of the series—season 04—I decided that when The Vampire Diaries eventually came to an end, I would look back over the whole shebang and do an assessment of any unresolved issues I might have.

This idea was predicated on the premise that I wouldn't be disappointed by the overall outcome when that end arrived, but some things may not quite work for me when all was said and done. As expected, despite The Vampire Diaries living up to its overall awesome, there were indeed some issues left unresolved; I came up with 10 in total. There were five that I considered fairly major that I truly do wish had been resolved, and five minor ones that didn't affect the overall narrative. They matter enough though that they will probably always bother me just enough that I take note whenever I re-watch the series. Now, while thinking this through I realized that some of my issues weren't issues at all, but rather wish fulfillment fantasies that never came true so I decided to create a third category: Missed opportunities. And they really are "missed opportunities" rather than "wishful thinking" or "fantasies" in most cases. These are stories or scenes that I genuinely feel could (and some *should*) have come out of the existing narrative, mythology and/or character arcs. (OK, fine, a few are pure wish fulfillment fantasies. See: Numbers seven and eight.)

Each section is listed in order of the most glaring (either in their egregiousness or yearning) in my opinion as a viewer. And because I am eternally this show's bitch, I also offered up a devil's advocate position on some (most) of these points—if possible (almost always so). Being me, this wound up a lot longer than originally intended so I have separated each section into three parts. My major unresolved issues can be found in this post. (And an aside... once these are done, as promised, I will be working on a three-part Vampire Diaries appreciation bonanza, with a bonus Damon/Elena post in-between these three and those.)

Alrighty then, let's get to it…

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30 June 2017 @ 08:35 pm
Believe it or not, I am working on my TVD issues/missed opportunities post. (I think I may get it done this weekend... or at least get a really good jump into it. Not surprisingly, it's going to be massive.) Anyhoo, while looking for some comments here and there through older posts to get the framework for the post I came across this post from 2012: 'THE VAMPIRE DIARIES' ENDGAME?

- What is *your* dream endgame for The Vampire Diaries? Not based on what you think will happen, on producer/actor/fan commentary, and perhaps or perhaps not based on what is happening right now (or the last few seasons) but what you would like to see happen as the series winds down. Which couples do you want to see together? Where do you want to see the characters? Who do you want to survive to the end? As a human? As a vampire? Who do you want to die (if anyone)?

- What do you think *will be* the endgame for the series? Based on what has happened in canon on the show, what hints/clues the producers/actors have given out? Which couple(s), character(s) will be standing as a human or vampire at the end?
I included my answers and I was actually a little shocked at my "will be" endgame answer because of what I wrote about Stefan. Considering where we were in the show at that point* and what wound up happening and not knowing what would happen (as Jeremy, Tyler leaving and the Originals spin-off hadn't even been hinted at yet, not to mention that Enzo hadn't been introduced), I did pretty darn good.

* I posted this before season 03, episode 13, "Bringing Out The Dead" and I was already psycho spoiler free at that point.

As to what I think what will be endgame? I do genuinely think that Damon/Elena will be endgame, Stefan may or may not be with Caroline (or Katherine or Rebekah), or he may decide to go wander the world finding himself. Or he [Stefan] may wind up sacrificing himself for good for Damon, I could see that and see him be at peace with it in a way. Whichever happens, he and Damon will be at peace with one another, having found their middle ground and love. That I'm as sure of as I am of Damon/Elena endgame, if not more.

If Tyler lasts this season and they are still playing with the Tyler/Caroline romance angle, then I think they'll be endgame (not particularly happy about that prospect). The Originals will either be dead, out of commission or have left Mystic Falls. I also think that the show has managed to keep a tight handle on the main aspects of the mythology and that they have a planned ending that will, in the end, reunite the survivors as this tribal family (likely vampiric) that travel together.
Yeah, I think I did pretty good. Heck, I even used the word "peace" ya'll!
 
 
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And here is the second part of my REALLY long post.

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ETA: Heads-up… because I totes could not love this show more if I tried, I plan on doing a slow rewatch in which I will jot down notes (as I have done for previous first-run watches) and write new posts. Some will borrow heavily from earlier done posts, others will have completely new, mostly positive (I'm sure) slants. I am partly doing this because after (finally) doing season 01, I found SO MUCH MORE to enjoy and savor in that season and subsequent seasons by delving deeper. I'm also doing it because in earlier seasons (02, 03 and even 04), I hadn't quite established a rhythm in how I was doing these. Another reason is because up through the end of season 03, I was not only following spoilers, but I was viewing the show pretty much only through a Damon/Elena lens and that was factoring into my enjoyment of the overall show and the story that was being being told. And then until midway through season 04, I was still kinda following spoilers enough that my enjoyment was impacted here and there. Yet another reason is that real life events in season 04 and season 06 affected my pleasure over the course of the last 3-4 episodes of those seasons. Finally, a dear friend of mine will hopefully start watching the show soon and I want her to be able to join in discussion with my updated posts. I am sharing all this to say that I invite any all of of you who are still sticking around with me to follow along with me, rewatching, commenting, etc. :)
 
 
 
 
Arabian
So, I wanted to let peeps know that the post is coming. However, it probably won't be up until Saturday or Sunday at the earliest. This one? Is going to be looooong! My pre-post notes are over 2,000 words alone. I have already made 71 gifs and while organizing my pre-post notes, I realized that I have more I still have to make. So, yeah, this is going to take a bit more time. But it is coming, and it will not take months or weeks. I promise! I mean, I really, really don't think so. I totally hope to get this bad boy up by the end of next Sunday. :)

PS: I still intend to write a series overview post that talks about everything I love about the show, and post alongside it my few issues that were never resolved. But that may take a bit longer.

ETA: Yeah, I totes lied. *sigh* This bad boy is very likely NOT going to be done by tommorow. People, there are 100 gifs. I have not even finished the Damon/Elena section--which is at the start of the post--and I'm already near 1,700 words. In other words, this post is going to be ridiculously MASSIVE. But it's also going to take time.
 
 
 
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This took a few days longer because (a) I was sooo sick last week (the flu *and* two ear infections—fear not, I am on the mend now, yay! antibiotics!) and (b) well, this is a loooong post (a wee bit over 9,000 words, the third longest TVD post so far!) so, yeah, it took a bit of time. Hope you enjoy!

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