The title for the season finale (and Nina Dobrev’s final episode) is “I’ll Be Thinking Of You All The While” and the CW has released the synopsis.
Executive producer Caroline Dries warns you’ll want to break out the tissues regardless of what happens to Elena. “We’ve had the benefit of knowing about Nina’s exit for awhile, so we were able to write what we believe will be the most satisfying goodbye for such a beloved character,” Dries tells us. “It was emotional to brainstorm, even to write, but I think Julie [Plec, executive producer] will agree that when it came time to put pen to paper, the story just sort of flowed naturally.” As for the rest of the hour, expect things to be slightly uncomfortable for Caroline and Stefan once she regains her humanity and the two finally talk things out at Jo and Alaric’s wedding in the penultimate episode. “Caroline, like Stefan, is going to feel deeply shamed when all is said and done, and her struggle will be reconciling those feelings and finding a way to move past them,” Dries says. “When she’s in the murk of that guilt and remorse, a real relationship with Stefan won’t feel possible.” Oh, and don’t count Kai out just yet! He and his new “menagerie” of blood-thirsty heretics will be plotting their comeback from 1903
GOODBYE, MYSTIC FALLS — In the aftermath of Alaric (Matt Davis) and Jo’s (guest star Jodi Lyn O’Keefe) powerful nuptials, things take a dramatic turn when an uninvited guest shows up, leaving Elena (Nina Dobrev) in terrible jeopardy. Despite Matt’s (Zach Roerig) advice to leave town to protect herself, a defiant Bonnie (Kat Graham) takes matters into her own hands after finding herself on the receiving end of a twisted plan. As Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice Accola) reach an emotional crossroad in their relationship, a reunion with Liv (guest star Penelope Mitchell) leaves Tyler (Michael Trevino) faced with a decision that could change his life forever. Meanwhile, Lily’s (guest star Annie Wersching) reckless actions cause Stefan to realize the lengths to which his mother will go to reunite with her “family.” Finally, after a devastating chain of events, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is forced to make the most difficult decision of his life. Michael Malarkey also stars. Chris Grismer directed the episode written by Julie Plec & Caroline Dries (#622). Original airdate 5/14/2015.