'The Vampire Diaries' Season 4, Episode 22 Recap: "The Walking Dead"

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Even before their high school graduation, the teens of Mystic Falls are already celebrating with a big reunion on The Vampire Diaries.

Even before their high school graduation, the teens of Mystic Falls are already celebrating with a big reunion on The Vampire Diaries.

And what a reunion party it was. When Bonnie lifted the veil, some of our most beloved (and best-looking) characters returned from the dead: Jeremy Gilbert, Alaric and even Stefan's bestie Lexi! Unfortunately, they brought along some unfortunate plus-ones: Jeremy's fellow vampire hunters Alexander, Vaughn and Connor (it's a pretty hazardous profession), as well as Kol, the evil Original Jeremy killed.

Bonnie's Grams also crossed over, just in time to warn her against using her expressionism to keep young Master Gilbert among the land of the living. To her peril, Bonnie ignored her, collapsed, and awakened to see her own dead body lying on the ground. Oops.

Is Bonnie really dead? The pictures of next week's graduation-Bonnie posing with her pals in their caps and gowns-seem to indicate otherwise, but maybe her ghost is picking up her diploma before the veil closes again?

Season 4's penultimate episode opened with Elena practicing her Buffy the Vampire Slayer moves in preparation for Operation Kill Katherine. Meanwhile, her intended victim is wandering the woods with Bonnie, who's promised her immortality in exchange for the "crappy hunk of blood rock" she needs to lift the veil.

They're actually at the center of the Expression Triangle-below the school, where Stefan and Caroline finally track them down. Except the real Caroline is busy cutting herself at the creepy command of Silas, who's assumed her persona to find Bonnie.

Meanwhile, Damon tries to dissuade Elena from taking on her doppelganger-to his peril, because she stakes him the gut. But behold: Alaric has returned to give him a hand!

How we've missed this epic bromance! Since Matt Davis' other show (Cult) was canceled, can he please stick around? Yeah, yeah, it would be pretty great if Jeremy and Lexi stayed too, but the adventures of Damon and his sidekick are made of win.

The Scooby gang also manage to kill Kol-but not before he impales a broken bottle in Matt. It's a painful but not fatal injury, and he refuses Rebekah's help because, as he tells the smitten Original, "People in this town have a bad habit of turning into vampires, and I'd like to graduate high school as a human."

Elena might have the same opportunity, because Alaric retrieved the Cure from Silas after Bonnie turned him into stone!

Will Damon use it to "get the girl" back? Or will the Fivers' succeed in their merciless mission and nab it first? Can Elena deal with all the feels that have flooded in with Jeremy's return? We'll find out-and see Rebekah and Matt share a smooch-in the dramatic season finale!

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