Bonnie Bennett saves Mystic Falls in The Vampire Diaries series finale. For a refresher on what happened last week, read my recap of episode 15.
The Vampire Diaries series finale opens with Stefan Salvatore finding Bonnie. He tries to revive her. In another realm, Bonnie sees Elena Gilbert. Then, Enzo St. John tells Bonnie it’s not her time. She wakes up and hugs Caroline Forbes before telling her that she saw Elena.
Stefan and Damon Salvatore realize that since Bonnie’s heart stopped, Elena could be alive. They believe Elena has returned to them until she reveals she’s actually Katherine Pierce.
Damon asks Katherine where Elena’s body is. Katherine doesn’t answer. She tells them that she’s had Cade wrapped around her finger this whole time, which was the only reason he wanted Stefan and Damon. When they ask again where Elena is, Katherine says that she’ll burn along with Mystic Falls.
Stefan finds Elena’s body. He tries to carry her away, but gets stuck in the boiler room. Meanwhile, he hears Vicki Donovan ringing the bell.
Stefan calls Damon to tell him that Elena is trapped. He tells him that he has to get Katherine to break the spell.
Caroline tells Stefan that she has to leave Mystic Falls with her children. He tells her that he has to stay in order to convince Damon to leave.
Bonnie talks to Alaric Saltzman. He tells her that although he cares about Damon and Elena, he can’t fail his daughters.
Bonnie comes up with a plan, but it involves someone staying with Katherine to make sure she actually goes to hell. Damon and Stefan are both determined to be the one to sacrifice themselves.
Damon asks Stefan if he’s really going to argue with him over who needs this redemption more. He says that he’s spilled more blood than Stefan.
Vicki unleashes the hellfire. But, Bonnie redirects it all back to hell. After she’s done, she smiles and softly says, “I did it.”
Elena wakes up in the school. She looks at the trophy case and memories come flooding back to her.
She finds Stefan, but then she finds out that he’s sacrificing himself to save Damon. In the afterlife, Stefan is greeted by Lexi Branson.
When Elena wakes up, everyone gathers around Stefan’s grave to say goodbye to him. Elena sees Damon and pulls him into an embrace.
At the end of the episode, Bonnie has decided to travel the world. Caroline and Alaric have decided to open a school for children with powers. Jeremy Gilbert is helping them. Klaus Mikaelson gave Caroline a large donation for the school. Elena is going to med school.
The ending also shows that eventually Elena will be reunited with all of her deceased family members. And, Damon will be reunited with Stefan.