Vampire Diaries
The Departed

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Cindy McLennan: A- | 5 USERS: A-
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Matt's Truck. He's just gotten the news from Jeremy. Elena insists they return because all their friends are going to die. It's then that Matt tells Elena that Damon is a hundred miles out of town. He can drive her back to Stefan and Mystic Falls, or he can drive her to Damon. It's her choice. DO YOU DIG? We cut to...

SFTiCEfBRaAtRaLbiFtFfDtL. Damon's phone rings. It's Elena. He's not having any symptoms yet, and is sure they'll have a laugh when they learn Klaus is a liar. Damon asks where Elena is. She says, "Matt's taking me home," and the look on Damon's face breaks my heart. He says, "To Stefan." Elena says, "Not just Stefan, Damon. To Tyler. To Caroline." Damon says he gets it, but he has to break his own heart and mine, anyhow. "So, since I'm possibly a dead man, can I ask you a question? [...] If it was just down to him and me, and you had to make a choice who got the goodbye, who would it be?" No, no, no, no. No, no, no. Don't ask that, Evil Pixie Monster! It's just going to break your heart.

Elena fights back her tears. "I love him, Damon. He came into my life at a time when I needed someone, and I fell for him instantly. No matter what I feel for you, I -- I never unfell for him." Damon: "Hey, I get it. It's Stefan. It's always going to be Stefan." Well, that's a shout out to last season -- one I can't be arsed to research. Elena: "I can't think about always. All I can think about is right now. And I care about you, Damon, which is why I have to let you go. I mean, maybe if you and I had met first...." Damon says, "Maybe." As Elena assures Damon he's going to be fine, Damon turns to see Vamparic has returned. When Elena says she will see Damon soon, he says, "Real soon. Goodbye, Elena," and hangs up the phone. When he taunts his old bromance about failing to catch up to Rebekah, Vamparic punches Damon in the face -- knocking him to the floor.

Caroline runs into the old Lockwood Dungeon crying Tyler's name. He appears and scoops her up in his arms, as he says, "Sorry, I was just with Bonnie. What happened?" Caroline sobs that Klaus is dead. Tyler takes this in and says, "You're going to be fine, Caroline. [...] I'm a lost cause, but you're strong and you have a beautiful future ahead of you." Okay, so he's already Klaus here, but I'll hit that in a sidebar. Let me finish the scene, first. Tyler: "When you make it through this, just tell my mother I left town like I was supposed to, okay?" They kiss passionately. Caroline holds onto Tyler for dear life as she sobs. Suddenly, Tyler winces. Moaning in pain, he breaks free of Caroline's embrace. With his back to Caroline, he has a small coughing fit, and then looks around. Gasping, he turns back to Caroline. "Do you feel anything?" Caroline shakes her head. "No, I feel fine." Tyler says, "I need you to get out of here. I don't want you to watch me die." Caroline refuses to leave. Tyler has another coughing fit and tells Caroline, "You run, or I'll make you run." She sobs that she's not leaving. Tyler starts to transition. His body contorts as his bones break. Growling, he looks up at Caroline with his now lupine eyes and roars at her to go. Caroline is still crying as she Stealth Salvatores out of the dungeon. Commercial.

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