The Descent is the twelfth episode of the second season of The Vampire Diaries and the thirty-fourth episode of the series overall.


DOOM, GLOOM AND PERSONAL GROWTHStefan has his own ideas about Elena’s new plan for the future. While Damon tries to get the truth out of Jules, he asks Elena to keep an eye on Rose, a situation that turns unexpectedly dangerous. Caroline and Matt try to be honest about their feelings for one another and Tyler’s reaction to Caroline’s generosity comes as a surprise to her. Damon struggles to hide his true feelings when a life-and-death crisis hits him harder than he expected.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



  • Antagonist: Jules.
  • In Inside The Vampire Diaries, Julie Plec says that the Rose's Dream/death scene, which happens in this episode, was the scene of Season Two that she enjoyed writing the most.
  • When Mason arrived In The Return, Tyler refers to him as the 'black sheep'. In this episode, Jules wears a sheepskin coat—two wolves in sheep's clothing.
  • Rose dies in this episode, causing Damon to briefly relapse into his old habits after he mercy-killed her to end her suffering from her Werewolf Bite.
  • This is the first episode since 162 Candles that Damon kills an innocent human by feeding on them.
  • This is the first time that the audience sees Damon's bedroom, and is the first time Elena is seen in his bedroom as well.


Body Count

Cultural References

  • The Descent, a movie in which there are creatures who look like werewolves, but they are actually called Crawlers.
  • In the video game Descent, the player has to fight against robots infected with a virus that changes their behavior— like the werewolf bite changed Rose's behavior, making her go rogue.
  • Gone with the Wind, (a book in Damon's room) is a 1936 novel set in Civil War-era America that depicts the experiences of Scarlet O'Hara, the spoiled daughter of a plantation owner.
  • The phrase "Gloom and Doom" refers to the feeling that a situation is bad and is not likely to improve.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.46 millions viewers in the USA, which was 0.30 million more than the previous episode.


Damon: "I feel, Elena. And it sucks."

Caroline: (overwhelmed) "Everyone needs to stop kissing me!"

Elena: "Don't ruin the moment. You're about to ruin the moment, aren't you?"
Stefan: "I'm totally ruining the moment."

Damon: "Hi, Jessica. I have a secret. I have a big one, and I've never said it out loud. I mean, what's the point? It's not gonna change anything. It's not gonna make me good, make me adopt a puppy. I can't be what other people want me to be, what she wants me to be. This is who I am, Jessica. [...] You are my existential crisis. Do I kill you, or do I not kill you? [...] But I have to, Jessica, because I’m not human. And I miss it. I miss it more than anything in the world. That is my secret. But there is only so much hurt a man can take."

Rose: (about the effects of her werewolf bite) "I hate this. I'm a vampire. I haven't had a cold in five centuries."

Jules (to Damon): "How’s your friend, Rose? Was that her name? Have the chills started? The unbearable pain? Did I mention the dementia? It’ll eat away at her brain. Soon, she’ll be rabid. [...] You want a cure? I’ll tell you the only cure that exists. Take a stake... And drive it through her heart."



Last.fm_play.png "Impossible" – Anberlin
Last.fm_play.png "The Last Time" – The Daylights
Last.fm_play.png "The Mall & Misery" – Broken Bells
Last.fm_play.png "Take Me To The Riot" – Stars

Last.fm_play.png "Country Lane" – Telekinesis
Last.fm_play.png "I Like It A Lot" – Death Ships
Last.fm_play.png "DLZ" – TV On The Radio


See also