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Co-hosts: Cana and Olu
In the last episode of the season, everyone’s suddenly worried that the Originals are after Elena despite the fact that Klaus was put on ice before he could tell anyone the link between Alaric and Elena. Olu explains why Elena dying comes one season too late; Matt gets some history that doesn’t make much sense and he’s way too involved with Elena’s plight in the present, and I explain how him drugging Elena could’ve been interesting; Cana wants someone to ask Stefan his opinion and motivation; I find Damon to be the most entertaining and interesting character of the episode (while wondering if it’s even possible for the writers to write him ooc when, bad action or good action, it’s all Damon being Damon). Last, we do JAJP’s annual season superlatives.
“The show suggested in the beginning that what she had with Stefan was passionate [unlike what she had with Matt], and now they’re saying that no, what she has with Damon is passionate [and what she has with Stefan is stability]”-Olu
“It doesn’t actually make sense that Matt wants all those things. It would make more sense if Matt was scared of kids and of marriage ’cause, like, his whole home life is a pile of shit. I can imagine him thinking that it would be very easy to screw it up. Because no matter how much Matt may put Elena on a pedestal, he doesn’t put himself on a pedestal”-Olu
“That’s why this whole Elijah thing of, ‘I’m letting you choose, Elena’ is kind of […] grating, kind of like a smoke screen, because even though she doesn’t usually say, ‘Okay I’m making a decision,’ so many things happen for her. So many decisions are based on her that, I don’t know, making a big deal about ‘Oh someone’s respecting her choice,’ like…it’s all about Elena. All of this stuff happens for Elena. People get killed for Elena. People bleed for Elena. […]. Has Elena ever made a decision that was [disagreeable] and people listened? That’s part of the problem.”-Me
“I would really like it if somebody would ask Stefan what he wants. Just ask him what his choice would be. I just wanna see his reaction. Has anyone ever asked him what he wants, what his choice is? He’s been compelled by Katherine and Klaus, and he’s been tortured by Lexi, and now he’s in this thing with Elena, and his brother’s in it too, and I feel like nobody has ever asked him, nobody who means something to him has asked him what his choice would be, what he wants.”-Cana
“In that scene, it really stood out to me how much Damon is a sucker for love, how much he’s such a loser in love, how much he’s forever alone. Never chosen, always the bridesmaid, always the groomsman. He’s never holding the bouquet. [….]. You see that there’s a side of him that accepts [that it will always be Stefan], that knows it, and I guess just having the conversation is enough for him even though he wants more. But it’s like, he never thought he’d get this far where, where he would actually be asking Elena, who would you choose. He never thought there would be a choice for her, despite his bravado and always getting in her personal space. And I think that all came out in the scene, and I think Ian did a great job, and I think it’s Damon’s best scene of the season, I’ll say.”-Me