Do you know how many days need to tick by before I see Elena again? 22,916 days, and that's assuming you get some old person's disease. I haven't even began to approach rock bottom.
Damon to Bonnie

Day One of Twenty-Two Thousand, Give or Take is the first episode of the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and thirty-fourth episode of the series overall.


LIFE WITHOUT ELENA — After a twisted plan left the life of his girlfriend Elena linked to that of his best friend Bonnie, Damon is forced to navigate his new reality without the love of his life. A newly empowered Bonnie has decided that she will be Damon’s moral compass and keeps a close eye on him as he, in turn, cautiously keeps tabs on Alaric, following the loss of his fiancée Jo. Meanwhile, as he waits for Caroline to sort out her emotions, Stefan takes an active role in protecting the town from Lily and her family of Heretics, who have wasted no time wreaking havoc in Mystic Falls. Elsewhere, Enzo struggles to find his place in Lily’s new life, and is quickly forced to decide where his true loyalties lie. Finally, with the stakes higher than ever, Matt, who has recently completed his deputy training program, teams up with Stefan and Caroline to put a stop to the Heretics, but an unexpected turn of events leaves one of them in a dangerous position.



Main Cast

Special Guest Star

Guest Cast



  • Unknown as Rayna (flashforward)


  • Antagonist: the Heretics (Valerie, Nora, Malcolm, Beau and Mary Louise)
  • This episode is revealed to be only a few weeks after the events in I'm Thinking Of You All The While. It can be no more than two months judging by Alaric's conversation with the medical examiner.
  • This is the first flash forward episode in the series to 2016, 3 years into the future of the series current timeline of 2013.
  • This is the first episode of the series overall to not feature its central character, Elena Gilbert.
    • For the first time, Elena Gilbert didn't appear in a season premiere in the series history or to be involved in the story. She was mentioned by other characters during the episode.
  • Beau is the first mute vampire seen in the series. Thus he can't use compulsion.
  • Stefan tells Caroline he's a little concerned about Damon as he waits for Elena to wake up. He reminds of her about him waiting 145 years for Katherine Pierce as seen in the first season.
  • Both Bonnie and Caroline are keeping their promise to Elena by writing down everything she's missing while she's asleep.
  • To protect Mystic Falls from the Heretics after their attack on Matt's graduation in revenge for Stefan and Caroline's attempt to kill them by blowing them up, the town is evacuated with the story of a mine fire to cover the deaths. Stefan and Caroline go door to door and compel the residents to leave. The deal with Lily is that she and her heretic family can kill any human that comes into town (mostly homeless people) afterward and move into Salvatore Boarding House.
  • The Heretics are protected by their magic but can be killed like normal vampires. Malcolm is killed by Damon by heart extraction.
  • Bonnie blames herself for what happened to Elena as she tells Damon if she hadn't left Kai trapped in 1903 prison and also that the Heretics would still be trapped in their prison world instead of Lily being reunited with them after hearing they are in Mystic Falls.
  • Though Matt reveals that he also blames her for both what happened to Elena and for the Heretics being brought back by Kai before he takes it back not long after implying it.
  • Oscar is running errands for Lily outside of Mystic Falls.
  • Alaric has the object that Lily asked Enzo to help her find.
  • Alaric has been trying to contact Jo but has come across fake mediums, one of them stole Jo's wedding ring. He's been having her body stored in the Whitmore Hospital morgue past the 30 day by paying the person in charge. The reason he's keeping Jo in cold storage is that he plans on resurrecting her.
  • Damon says to Bonnie he'll to wait for Elena for 22,916 days which is roughly 62 years and 9 months, if she's lives a full life and doesn't get an old persons disease.
  • Mary Louise and Nora are the first lesbian couple seen in the series.
  • With this episode, Stefan and Damon have been in 134 episodes - the most of any other character other than Elena Gilbert who appeared in a total of 133 episodes with the sixth season finale, which was also her final appearance to date in the series.
  • This is the first season premiere to feature Enzo.
  • This is the fourth episode title of the series to have numbers in it, with Season One's 162 Candles being the first, Season Three's 1912 being the second & Season Five's 500 Years of Solitude being the third.
  • In a flashforward to 2016, Stefan arrives wounded in New York where he resurrects a desiccated Damon who planned on waiting for Elena as such until she woke. As Stefan awakes Damon, a mysterious woman armed with vampire-killing weapons arrives and shoots at them. Stefan tells his brother that she has returned and that he knew because of a cross scar on his heart which started bleeding that morning. Damon comments that they must run because she won't stop until Stefan is dead.
  • The scar on Stefan's chest is the same on Beau's neck.


  • This is the fourth season premiere to start with a time jump but this time jump is the longest. (Three years)
  • Julie Plec said that it will show how Damon is coping with Elena's 'death', and it will not be pretty.
  • Oscar is the only member of the heretics that doesn't appear in this episode.
  • Elena was last seen in I'm Thinking Of You All The While in her magically induced sleep, by Kai, preserved as she is in the moment he used the spell on her.
  • Both Bonnie and Caroline are writing things down in a diary that she promised to Elena she would keep in I'm Thinking Of You All The While so Elena will know what happened while she was sleeping.
  • This is the first episode to not feature any female doppelgänger.
    • Is also the first episode where only one doppelgänger appears that is Stefan.
  • Katherine Pierce was last mentioned in I Never Could Love Like That and was last seen as a hallucination by Elena in While You Were Sleeping.
    • In Gone Girl as both possessing Elena and as ghost who is sucked into oblivion.
    • In her final appearance in her original body before taking over Elena's in the 100th episode 500 Years of Solitude.


Body Count

Behind the Scenes

Cultural References




Last.fm_play.png "Dreams" – Beck
Last.fm_play.png "Beauty & De Brains" – Nielson
Last.fm_play.png "Bend" – Chet Faker
Last.fm_play.png "What Went Down" – Foals
Last.fm_play.png "Until The Levee" – Joy Williams
Last.fm_play.png "Elevator Song" – Keaton Heston ft. Ren Ford
Last.fm_play.png "Redeeming Love" – Amy Stroup




See also

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