[S8E16] I Was Feeling Epic !NEW!
Stefan then visits Elena in their high school in the state between life and death. He tells her that he is human now and says that Damon wanted to sacrifice everything for Elena and the town. He says that Damon compelled him to leave out of the tunnels but the compulsion hadn't actually worked since Stefan was on vervain. Stefan then explains that he gave Damon his blood with the cure and that he will start to age and soon be dead. Stefan also says that he saw a side of Damon that he had not seen in a while - the older brother he looked up to, the son who enlisted in the civil war to please his father, the Damon he knew when he was a boy; he wanted that Damon to live and wanted Elena to have a chance to get to know him. Stefan says to Elena "It is good to see you, Elena... one last time...", and whispers something in Elena's ear and then joins Lexi (Arielle Kebbel) in the afterlife and quotes "I was feeling epic" and hugs her. Some time later, Bonnie breaks Elena's sleeping curse and Elena reunites with her, Damon, Caroline, Matt and Alaric. After an emotional goodbye to Stefan in the cemetery, Elena conveys a message to Caroline which Stefan had told her; "I heard her. And I will love her forever too". The Salvatore boarding house is turned into a school for supernatural children with Jeremy and Dorian among the people running it and a hefty $3 million donation from Klaus (Joseph Morgan). Vicki, Tyler (Michael Trevino), Liz (Marguerite MacIntyre), Jo (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe), and Enzo are shown watching over the living.
[S8E16] I Was Feeling Epic
I also just have to tip my hat to both actors in this scene. I feel like there's so much they're juggling here. They can't make the moment romantic, because that would feel odd, but they have to acknowledge that they're saying goodbye to an epic love, and they handle it so perfectly. I'm sure some of you will disagree, and I respect how you feel, but for me, I feel like this moment respects all the ships.
Writing the end of her story, she says, "And that's my life: weird, messy, complicated, sad, wonderful, amazing, and above all, epic. And I owe it all to Stefan. When I met him, I had lost my parents and I was dead inside. But he brought me back to life, and I'm going to live it as best I can for as long as I can."
I have a lot of feelings about this finale. There are things that didn't work perfectly: I would've loved for it to have been two hours to give some of the scenes more time to breathe. So much was happening in that final act that I think it would've benefited from giving viewers more time to really feel each moment. And on a smaller scale, I'm not entirely sure how invested I am in the "Caroline and Ric open a school" story, but there's also a lot that worked.
Elena: After med school, I came home to Mystic Falls. It felt right. It's where I wanted to grow old, and... I did. And that's my life. Weird, messy, complicated, sad, wonderful, amazing and above all, epic. And I owe it all to Stefan. When I met him, I had lost my parents and I was dead inside. But he brought me back to life. And I'm going to live it as best I can, for as long as I can.
Back in the present, Stefan reveals to Elena that he is actually dead and she has not yet woken up and they are back in the Limbo Bonnie had earlier visited. Stefan tells her he saw a side of Damon he hadn't in a long time: an older brother he looked up to, "the son who enlisted in the civil war to please his father . . . the Damon I knew when I was a boy. I wanted that Damon to live and I wanted you to have an opportunity to get to know him." As they both tear up, Stefan further adds Katherine's earlier words but applies them to Damon, "he's the better man. He's the right man." He strokes a tear from Elena's cheek with a smile, telling her it is good to see her again in the place they met one last time and they hug. He then whispers something indistinctive in her ear before subsequently finding peace when walking out of the school doors and into the "light", only to be met by Lexi Branson who is leaning on his red car which he had previously destroyed in the real world. She retorts that his moment with Elena was beautiful and Stefan replies with a smile, "I was feeling epic", words Lexi herself had once said to him. She smiles and the they hug with laughter and joy, glad they both found peace together.
A crow flies over her head and she ducks and smiles, feeling a sense of déjà vu and Damon subsequently approaches her. They smile at one another and walk away together, a ring shown on Elena's finger that suggests they married.
Feeling epic, his hero hair dashing as ever, Stefan meets Elena in the same limbo space in which she had spoken with Bonnie earlier. The rules of magic are being stretched to their breaking point in this episode, but it hardly matters when we get scenes as good as this one. 041b061a72