With 2013 coming to a close, we thought now would be the perfect time to reflect on another awesome year of Vampire Diaries storytelling. This year saw the close of Season 4 and the start of Season 5. What were our top five favorite moments? Read on to find out!

Elena and Katherine face off

The Elena/Katherine scuffle we got in the Season 4 finale was a long time coming. Katherine had been making Elena’s life hell for a while and, with the high schoolers recent turn to vampirism, the two were finally a bit more evenly matched for an all-out duel. Sure, 500-year-old Katherine had the edge, but the fight wasn’t quite as one-sided as it would have been circa Seasons 1, 2, or 3. This was some impressive work from Nina Dobrev, who had to fight herself in this epic battle in the Mystic Falls High halls. And, the ending was both unpredictable and fitting: Elena’s shoving of The Cure down Katherine’s throat. Katherine totally had it coming, and the narrative twist has made for some of the best moments in Season 5 involving a human Katherine. Basically, this was the scene that keeps on giving.

Delena finally gets together

This was a moment seasons in the making. And after one particularly angsty season, we finally got to see Damon and Elena work out their feelings for one another. This climactic scene officially closed the Stelena act and launched into Delena. Who knows what the third act will bring, but for now, we’re still enjoying this heartfelt confession from Elena to Damon:

“I’m not sorry that I met you. I’m not sorry that knowing you has made me question everything. That, in death, you’re the one who made me feel most alive. You’ve been a terrible person. You’ve made all the wrong choices and, of all the choices I’ve made, this will be the worst one. But I am not sorry that I’m in love with you.”

Bonnie’s memorial service

This scene was memorable for the sheer amount of tears it got out of us. After five seasons, it’s kind of incredible that this show can still make us feel so much – and Bonnie’s memorial service was a chief example. After months of having Jeremy lie to their loved ones about Bonnie’s death, everything finally came out and the remembrance ceremony that followed was a real tearjerker. The gang cried for their fallen friend while her ghost version looked on somewhat creepily. Though Bonnie’s presence at her own funeral couldn’t jar the overall effect: full-on feels. Watch at your own risk.

Silas’s bus stop monologue

Though this season has been lacking in some ways, humor hasn’t been one of them. The scene in which Silas recounts his insane life story to the two randos who were unlucky enough to be at the same bus stop was full of dark humor that had us giggling despite ourselves. Sure, it ended in some serious bloodshed, but we also got Silas’ insights into love, life, and the reliability of bus transit. Classic. R.I.P., Paul Wesley’s Silas. We miss your wacky sense of humor and brutal honesty.

Three doppelgangers, one scene

TVD has a talented ensemble of characters, but – in many ways – Nina Dobrev owns this show. She fully demonstrated that this year by playing not one, but three different versions of herself – at one point, in one scene. The scene in question brought Elena, Katherine, and Amara together in the name of a anchor-switching spell that would result in bringing Bonnie back to life. Regardless of the plot mechanics of the scene, the true joy in watching this moment was in seeing the detail and nuance Nina puts into each of her characters. The worst part of Amara’s death was knowing we wouldn’t get another moment like this again (probably).

Which TVD scene was your favorite of the year? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, January 23 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!