Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW ©2011 The CW Network, LLC Photo: Damon Holds Onto Elena in Season 2, Episode 22: "As I Lay Dying"

We’re still picturing it: Elena cradling — and kissing! — a dying Damon… Bad Stefan standing with blood dripping from his mouth from a human kill… How crazy was that finale? Last week’s killer episode was hard to top, but “As I Lay Dying” gave it a college try. For reals. Only in Mystic Falls would a night that starts with a Gone With the Wind picnic end with two resurrections and the murder of an innocent girl. But that’s The Vampire Diaries for you. It’s the only show where death is not the end, it’s the beginning — or at least a major pause. Here are 10 other you-must-be-kidding talking points about the Season 2 finale.

10. Damon tries to kill himself.
Yes, that Damon. After apologizing to Elena and begging for forgiveness, Damon decided to go out in a blaze of glory. He took off his daywalker ring, stepped in front of a sunlit window, and let the sizzling begin. Were we scared? No, not really. Okay, maybe for a sec. After all he got a good burn going before Stefan knocked him out of the sun. “You are not dying today,” Stefan told his big bro as he locked him in the dungeon.

9. Klaus wakes up invincible.
Naked. Untrustworthy. Yet still charming in a backstabbing-evil-hybrid sort of way. Drats!

8. Bonnie works some retro mojo.
Now you can add “Allowing a Dead Witch to Possess Me” to Bon-Bon’s list of big time favors done for a friend. For, like, the tenth time this season somebody asked the witch of Mystic Falls to do them a major solid. This time it was Stefan, wondering if she could do a séance to ask Emily Bennet how to help his brother. Of course Bonnie could. Of course Bonnie did. And we’re betting all this save-the-day business will get old real soon.

Credit: Annette Brown/The CW © 2011 The CW Network, LLC Photo: Stefan and Elena Hold Each Other in Season 2, Episode 22: "As I Lay Dying"

7. Klaus kills Elijah.
Wait. Can you kill someone who’s already dead? Whatever you want to call it — homicide, murder, or slaying — the end result is still the same. Out of the blue, Klaus stabbed his younger brother so hard he stopped moving. We’d call the deed cold-hearted if this O.V. had something beating his chest. But he doesn’t. So we’ll just say it was wrong. Though, not entirely unethical. Technically speaking, Klaus still kept his word to Elijah. After he offed his brother, Klaus had his body placed in a coffin and stored in a room with the rest of the relatives he’d slayed. See why we can’t like this dead man?

6. Stefan sells his soul.
To the devil named Klaus no less. Turns out, the original vampire’s hybrid blood is the cure for a werewolf bite. So, to save his big bro, the hero Salvatore sacrifices himself. “Just give me the cure and I’ll do what ever you want,” he says. We’re betting he already regrets those dangerous words.

5. Klaus bites Katherine.
As if the sneaky kitty called Kat needed more power. Dude! Klaus is, like, 5,000 years old yet he made a major rookie mistake when he sunk his teeth into Katherine’s wrist, passing the hybrid gene on to the one woman who should not even stand close to something invincible. Smart move Klaus. Smart. Move.

Credit: Annette Brown/The CW © 2011 The CW Network, LLC Photo: Jeremy Stays Serious in Season 2, Episode 22: "As I Lay Dying"

4. The Sheriff shoots Jeremy.
Caroline’s mom sure picked the wrong day to amp up her vampire slaying campaign. Pushed by a suspiciously authoritative Mrs. Mayor Lockwood, the sheriff and her crew went after the Salvatores. First they tried to hit Damon at home. After that failed they tracked him down at the Gone With the Wind festival. The minute after he stepped into the grill the Sheriff rushed in, gun loaded. Without a word she fired. But Damon vamped away and she missed, hitting Jeremy in the chest instead. Noooo!!!

3. Bonnie to the rescue. (Again!)
The show could not go on without Damon, but Elena’s little brother is more expendable. So seeing Jeremy lying on the floor dead… now that was scary. Fortunately for Lil’ Jer, his GF was nearby when the shot went off. So when his invincibility ring failed (apparently it only works when the aggressor’s a supernatural), and Caroline couldn’t get him to drink her blood, Bonnie had Alaric and Co. carry him back to the site of the witch massacre, where she asked the late magic mamas for one more favor. At first they refused because “there will be consequences.” But then Bonnie begged, “Emily please help me. I love him.” Those last three words, well, they were magic.

2. Damon finally gets what he wanted.
While Klaus was busy force-feeding Stefan human blood and turning the nice Salvatore into his misbehaving bitch, Elena was back at the manse giving Damon “hope.” She got in bed with him, cradled him, held his hand, and wiped the cold sweat from his brow. “I love you. You should know that,” Damon said. “I do,” she replied. A few seconds later Elena was crying and kissing Damon of her own free will. It was a tragically sweet moment ruined by Katherine, who arrived carrying the cure. And yes, she’s pretty much the last person you would want carrying the secret that you kissed your boyfriend’s brother. This is not going to end well.

1. Jeremy sees dead people.
Dang, those witches weren’t lying. Although he looked normal Jer didn’t feel normal. He was hearing things and possibly hallucinating. At one crucial moment, right before the end of the episode, he walked downstairs to investigate the sounds, only to have a woman follow him down. Once he got to the living room he was sandwiched by... Anna and Vicki. Both his dead exes. Goodness gracious we hope he was hallucinating. Only thing we hate more is that we have to wait four months to find out.