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The Vampire Diaries
Season 3, Episode 21
Before Sunset1
Air date May 3, 2012
Written by Story: Charlie Charbonneau & Daphne Miles

Teleplay: Caroline Dries

Directed by Chris Grismer
Episode Guide Transcript
Do Not Go Gentle
The Departed

Before Sunset is the twenty-first episode of the third season of The Vampire Diaries and the sixty-fifth episode of the series.


A DAY WITHOUT A VAMPIRE — Klaus acts on his intentions to leave town with Elena, but finds resistance from a surprising new enemy. Bonnie calls Abby to help her with a difficult spell. As events spiral out of control, Elena is determined to protect CarolineDamon and Stefan enlist Klaus, while Bonnie and Jeremy take a terrifying risk to make sure her spell is effective. Damon and Stefan have a surprisingly candid conversation about the future. 



Main Cast

Recurring Cast



  • Antagonists: Alaric Saltzman and Niklaus Mikaelson.
  • Candice Accola tweeted there will be "Kettle Corn" in this episode.
  • Abby met Damon in this episode.
  • Klaus is incapacitated for the first time in this episode.
  • Jeremy and Klaus meet for the second time in this episode.
  • In keeping with their pact, as Elena chose Stefan, Damon does attempt to honor his words and leave Mystic Falls The Rager, however he stays in town in order to help Elena with her transition.


Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 2.54 million viewers in the USA.
  • Julie Plec - “We’ve got basically everybody stepping into battle because the enemy, who I can’t define for you at this moment because the April 19 episode tees it all up, is taking some pretty relentless and hardcore extremes against our heroes.”

Cultural References

  • Before Sunset 2004 movie, sequel to Before Sunrise, with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. A couple who has spent one night together nine years ago spend one afternoon together. The movie plays in real time.
  • Klaus stake out in front of the Gilbert house reminds us of the Big Bad Wolf on the tale of the Three Little Pigs, when the wolf huffs and puffs, but cannot get into the pig's brick house.
  • When Klaus throws a stake into the kitchen, Damon stands up from behind the counter and shouts, "You missed me!" exactly like Antonio Banderas in "Il Mariacchi"
  • Very clumsy Product placement of a friend and family locator app .
  • Damon asks "How many desiccated hybrids does it take to screw in a lightbulb?" It's one of the lightbulb jokes, that highlights a stereotype of the group mentioned.
  • "Once more with feeling" is the name of the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Alaric (to Elena): "You don't even deserve to live."
Damon (to Stefan and Klaus): "I'll take those odds."
Rebekah (to Klaus): "He's strong Nik! He's too strong! We need to leave! Now!"
Rebekah (to Alaric): "You're supposed to be dead!"
Alaric (to Rebekah): "I am."
Jeremy (to Klaus): "What the hell do you want?"
Klaus (to Damon and Stefan): "I'm leaving town, just need to pick up a few road trip necessities: spare tire, flashlight, doppelgänger."
Damon: "Can't help you there."
Damon: (to Stefan) "We have a problem."
Klaus: "I'm leaving town; just need to pick up a few road trip necessities. Spare tire, flashlight, doppelgänger."



Last.fm_play.png "Reno" – The Gods Of Macho
Last.fm_play.png "Start To Run" – Middle Class Rut
Last.fm_play.png "Light" – Analogue Revolution

Last.fm_play.png "Act On Impulse" – We Were Promised Jetpacks
Last.fm_play.png "Ache" – James Carrington


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