Will Sheriff Forbes Die in The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Finale?
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Will Sheriff Forbes Die in The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Finale?

After the death of Stefan on last week’s Vampire Diaries, we realize no one is safe in Mystic Falls. We know that several characters will bite it in the Season 5 finale. Will Sheriff Forbes be one of them?

Guys, we’re kind of really worried about Liz, aka the kindly Sheriff Forbes, aka Caroline’s mom. If you’ve seen the extended promo for Season 5, Episode 22 (“Home”), then you know she seems to be spending an awful lot of time hanging with Traveler token evil guy Markos in the season-ender. According to the synopsis, “Sheriff Forbes is horrified when Markos uses violence against Tyler/Julian to prove that Mystic Falls is now under the control of the Travelers.” Skipping right past what that might mean for Tyler, how does this play out for Sheriff Forbes? Well, if the ending of the extended promo is anything to go by, not good.

In the sneak peek, we see Markos and Liz sitting down for a lovely chat at The Mystic Grill. Today’s topic of conversation: our imminent deaths. “Do you smell gas?” Sheriff Forbes asks Markos. Why, yes. That would most likely be part of Damon’s master plan to destroy the Travelers by blowing up Mystic Falls. That one’s not know for his subtlety, is he? Does he get his friend Liz to volunteer as “They wouldn’t blow this place up with their friend the sheriff in it” reassurer? If Liz thinks Caroline is in danger — which she is, if all magic is destroyed— then we think the Sheriff would go for it. Not to mention her duty to protect the rest of the town’s residents. (Though, they have to be mostly possessed by Travelers at this point, yeah?)

Anyway, the way the promo is cut implies that Damon and Elena will drive their car into Mystic Grill to trigger said explosion. Is Sheriff Forbes still in the Grill when that happens? Is she one of the characters caught up in the “trail of heroism, sacrifice, relief, and despair,” specifically, the sacrifice and despair part? We think it’s a distinct possibility. Sheriff Forbes was absent for most of the season before popping up sporadically more frequently in recent episodes. This is exactly the kind of move a show pulls just before they’re planning to kill off a long-neglected character. R.I.P. Sheriff Forbes?

Do you think Sheriff Forbes will die in the Season 5 finale? Share your theories in the comments below!

Catch the Season 5 finale of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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