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What They Said

What They Said: Favorite Quotes from The Vampire Diaries Season 4 Finale “Graduation” 

Photo Credit: Annette Brown/The CW

Episode: “Graduation”
Writers: Caroline Dries & Julie Plec

Stefan: “Damon. Help me celebrate my 17th high school graduation. Hey, you remember my friend, Lexi, of course.” Damon: “Lexi. Back from the dead. Goodie.” Lexi (who starts choking Damon): “What’s up, buzz kill?” Damon: “Stefan, you just going to sit there and let her enact her ghostly revenge.” Stefan: “You reap what you sow, buddy.”

Damon: “So if you and Ric and little Gilbert are all flesh-like and real-seeming, that means something went horribly wrong when Bonnie tried to put that veil up and here you two are having Dance Party U.S.A.” Stefan: “You’re right. How selfish of me to be indulging in these precious moments with my formerly dead best friend. I should be sacrificing my own happiness for the good of others, right? I should be upstairs grooming my hero hair.” Damon: “Are you drunk?” Stefan: “I don’t know, mom. Am I?” Damon: “Well, I guess that’s one way to celebrate our supernatural apocalypse.”

Caroline: “Hell will freeze over before I let anyone cancel graduation.” Bonnie: “Can you not make any jokes about hell freezing over? We’re not that far off from it already.”

Jeremy (Elena denies him a drink): “I’m dead. What’re they gonna do, throw me in juvie?” Alaric: “Well, then at least you’d have a place to live.” Elena: “You both suck.”

Jeremy: “We need a no crying rule.” Elena: “But the crying’s good. It means I’m finally feeling something and right now…I feel happy.”

Alaric: “This is my bar, pal. Nobody’s gonna blow it up.”

Matt (to Rebekah): “China…Paris…Northern Lights. It’s a date.”

Katherine: “I don’t think red’s really your color, Bon-Bon.” Bonnie: “And here I was hoping the ghost of anyone would have killed you already.”

Damon: “Consider it a graduation present.” Elena: “Damon, I can’t take that.” Damon: “Sure you can. Looks like it might be cherry flavored.”

Damon (to Jeremy): “How is it even when you’re dead you’re the bane of my existence?”

Stefan: “Sire bond’s gone. Elena’s emotions are back. She finally knows exactly how she feels.” Lexi: And what if whatever she feels is for you?” Stefan: “She’s the love of my life. I’d go back to her in a heartbeat. But if that’s not how she feels, then maybe that’s exactly what I need to hear to get my ass out the door. Maybe I will move to Australia. I can live in a yurt.”

Elena: “Take off your shirt.” Damon: “Elena, there are children present.”

Damon (to Vaughn): “What do you know about physics? What is it? It’s uh distance equals velocity times time. Guess I should have told you to bring some scuba gear, huh?”

Matt: “So…he seems nice.” Rebekah: “Don’t make jokes. I’ll laugh and you’ll fall.”

Rebekah: “The first rule of truly living — do the thing you’re most afraid of.” (Rebekah kisses Matt and switches places with him without detonating the bomb) Matt: “What are you doing?” Rebekah: “I can’t be killed and you can’t miss graduation. Please go.”

Elena: “Let’s go graduate.”

Caroline: “Where have you been?” Matt: “Oh, you know, making plans for the summer, dodging death by vampire hunter.”

Caroline: “I can’t believe it. We’re actually all here. We’re all here together.”

Caroline: “Bonnie Bennett, are you crying?” Bonnie: “It’s our last hurrah before you guys go off to college.” Caroline: “Before we go off to college.” Elena: I kind of sort of missed the deadline, you know, being an emotionless bitch.”

Caroline: “Aww, group hug!” Stefan: “Ugh, I don’t…I don’t hug.”

Bonnie: “Thanks dad…” Dad: “You’re welcome.” Bonnie: “For everything.”

Bonnie: “The Kol I remember was adamantly against Hell on Earth.” Kol: “I was…until I was in hell. Now I would very much like to be back on Earth.”

Damon: “What’s wrong, laddie. Can’t swim?”

Alaric (gets rid of Vaughn): “Oops.” Damon: “One slight problem.” Alaric (holds up the cure): “You mean this?” Damon: “Yes. Yes, that.”

Klaus: “There are plenty more of these to go around. Who’s next? I can do this all day.”

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Elena: “Are you feeling better?” Damon: “Yup.” Elena: “So it’s all healed up?” Damon: “Fresh as a daisy.” Elena: “Good.” (Punches Damon) Lexi: “Ouch.” Alaric: “Yeah, I taught her that swing.”

Lexi: “This could get interesting.” Elena: “Usually does.”

Lexi: “I figure once we’ve served our time for all the bad things we’ve done then it’s just about letting go and moving on.” Alaric: “And how are we supposed to do that when the knuckleheads we care about can’t seem to their lives straight?”

Elena: “Stefan, the only person worse at being a vampire than me, is you. Human blood is your downfall. You got the raw end of the vampire deal. The rest of us will be fine. We’ll survive. I mean, you taught us. You deserve whatever you want out of life. You deserve this.”

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Caroline: “How’d you get here so fast?” Klaus: “I was already on my way. I received your graduation announcement. It’s very subtle. I assume you’re expecting cash?” Caroline: “That or a mini-fridge.” Klaus: “Well, I considered offering you a first class ticket to join me in New Orleans. But I knew what your answer would be. So I opted for something I knew you’d accept. Tyler is now free to return to Mystic Falls.” Caroline: “What?” Klaus: “He’s your first love. I intend to be your last. However long it takes. Congratulations, Caroline. Let’s get out of here before 12 angry hybrids decide to pick a fight.”

Damon: “But you know what I really am? Selfish. Because I make bad choices that hurt you. Yes, I would rather die than be human. I’d rather die right now than spend a handful of years with you only to lose you when I’m too old and sick and miserable and you’re still you. I rather die right now than spend my last final years remembering how good I had it and how happy I was because that’s who I am, Elena. And I’m not gonna change. And there’s no apology in the world that encompasses all the reasons why I’m wrong for you.”

Elena: “Fine. Then I’m not sorry either. I’m not sorry that I met you. I’m not sorry that knowing you has made me question everything. And that in death, you’re the one that made me feel most alive. You’ve been a terrible person. You made all the wrong choices. And of all the choices that I’ve made this will prove to be the worst one. But I am not sorry that I’m in love with you. I love you, Damon. I love you.” (Damon and Elena kiss)

Stefan: “Hey, Damon?” Damon: “Yeah.” Stefan: “I’m not happy about Elena. But…I’m not not happy for you either. I just want you to know that.” Damon: “Thanks, brother.”

Damon: “What?” Alaric: “You got the girl, man.” Damon: “I got the girl.” Alaric: “Now don’t screw it up.” Damon: “Well, with you looking over my shoulder, how can I?”

Stefan: “What if Elena was the one?” Lexi: “She was. And she’ll always be an epic love. Contrary to popular belief, there are actually multiple ones. Especially for a vampire. The only way to find another is to let go. And move on.”

Jeremy: “Wait…I’m alive?”

Jeremy: “Bonnie, what did you do?” Bonnie: “I have the witches. And my grams. You can see ghosts. We can talk whenever we want.” Jeremy: “No! No! You can’t be dead.” Bonnie: “Do me this one favor. Tell Elena and Caroline I’m spending the summer with my mom.” Jeremy: “I can’t. They need to know.” Bonnie: “For the first time in forever, my friends are OK. I don’t want to take that from them.”

Bonnie: “I’m gonna be OK. I promise.”

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Matt: “Look, I’d invite you in but I promised Tyler I was gonna keep this a low-vampire zone.” Rebekah: “I know that we were under duress today so whatever, you know, plans that we were making, I understand if you don’t want to…” Matt: “You and I…this isn’t gonna work. I need to keep my love life a low-vampire zone, too. OK?” Rebekah: “Of course.” Matt: “So whatever happens on the road…stays on the road, all right? That little wedding town in Italy? Don’t get any ideas about turning me into a vampire so we can live eternally ever after. You know what I mean?” Rebekah: “I’m sorry. Are you saying that…” Matt: “I’ve never set one foot outside of this town. I have no college plans, no idea what the future holds for me. But I do know that it’s time that I start truly living. And since you almost killed me this year, I figure it’s your obligation to show me how.” Rebekah: “OK.”

Elena: “Kicking someone while they’re down. Classy til the end, Katherine.”

Elena: “Have a nice human life, Katherine.”

Silas!Stefan: “Hello, my shadow self.”

The Vampire Diaries will continue to air on Thursdays at 8/7c on the CW this fall.

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