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The Vampire Diaries
Season 2, Episode 2
Air date September 16, 2010
Written by Brian Young
Directed by John Dahl
Episode Guide Transcript
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Brave New World is the second episode of the second season of The Vampire Diaries and the twenty-fourth episode of the series.


THE CARNIVAL FROM HELL — When a confused and desperate Caroline leaves the hospital and joins her friends at the Mystic Falls Carnival, Damon wants to take immediate action, but Stefan and Elena come to Caroline’s defense. Matt is completely mystified by Caroline's behavior, but still tries to tell her about his feelings for her. Damon has suspicions about Tyler's Uncle Mason and uses Tyler’s volatile personality in an attempt to get Mason to reveal his secret. Upset with everything going on around her, Bonnie takes her anger out on Damon.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast


  • Antagonist: Damon Salvatore and Caroline Forbes.
    • This is the first and only episode to date to feature Caroline as an antagonist.
    • This is the first episode since History Repeating to feature Damon as the main antagonist.
    • This is the only episode in Season Two to feature Damon as an antagonist. He would not return to this role until Disturbing Behavior.
  • This episode is Caroline-centric.
  • Caroline becomes the second female main character to turn into a vampire, after Vicki.
  • Caroline uses compulsion for the first time in the series and makes her first kill as a vampire: Carter.
  • Bonnie blames Damon for Carter's death and tries to kill him, but Elena stops her.
  • Elena keeps both Caroline and Damon from being killed.
  • This is the second time Elena saves Damon life in the series. The first time was in Season One's Bloodlines.
  • It is never explained how Caroline got invited into her own house without Liz getting suspicious. Though it is shown that at some point Stefan had been invited in.
  • Vicki Donovan is mentioned by Damon. She was last seen in Haunted.
  • Stefan jokes about the Lockwood family being werewolves in this episode. It is later confirmed that they do, in fact, belong to a werewolf bloodline.

Body Count

Cultural References

  • When Stefan arm wrestles Mason and loses, he and Damon discuss Mason's strength, and Stefan jokes that Mason and Tyler could be ninja turtles. This is a reference to the 1980s franchise Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which featured a band of humanoid turtles who fought crime.
  • Brave New World is a novel by Aldous Huxley, first published in 1932. The title is derived from Shakespeare's play, The Tempest.
  • Team Jacob refers to Jacob, a character in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Saga.
  • Bart and Homer are characters in The Simpsons.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.04 million viewers in the USA which was 0.31 million less than the previous episode.
  • The series finale of NBC's TV show Heroes shared the same name. It also involved a carnival.
  • Katherine, Jenna and Alaric do not appear in this episode.
  • Mason meets Stefan for the first time in this episode.
  • The nurse from The Night of the Comet returns in this episode. This is also her last appearance in the series.


Elena: "I'm human and I have to do human stuff, otherwise I'll go crazy."
Bonnie: "We have to make Caroline proud or she will kill us."
Jeremy: "I was killed by a vampire and brought back by a magic ring. How do you move forward from that?"
Mason: "Is there a pattern? Like, once a month, only at night?"
Damon: "Aren't you worried that one day all the forest animals are gonna band together and fight back? I mean surely they do talk."
Stefan: "I'm just happy that's a, um, a blood bag and not a sorority girl supplying your dinner."
Bonnie: "The ring toss is out of Bart and Homer dolls and "Team Jacob" Ts."
Stefan: "Maybe they're ninja turtles."
Damon: "You're not funny."
Stefan: "Or— no—zombies. Werewolves."
Damon: "No comedic timing at all."
Damon: "Need I remind you of a tragic little story of a girl named Vicki Donovan. Caroline of all people will not make it as a vampire. Her mother's a vampire hunter. Guys, come on, we all know how this story ends, so let's just flip to the last chapter and…"
Elena: "Nothing about my life is normal. My best friend is a witch, boyfriend's a vampire and I have a doppelgänger who's hell-bent on destroying all of us."
Damon: "My father hated vampires, too. Same reason your dad did. Only it was 1864. People knew how to whittle."



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