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This article shows the titles and their meaning from each episode of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.

Note: This article contains fan analysis and hypothesis of the The Vampire Diaries & The Originals. Unless marked otherwise, all content should be considered subjective and non-canon.

The Vampire Diaries


Season One


  • The first episode of every TV show is called "Pilot" because it 'starts off the show'. 

The Night of the Comet

  • Reference to Night of the Comet, a 1984 zombie apocalypse B-movie.
  • The title is a reference to an event that was featured in this episode.

Friday Night Bites

Family Ties

You're Undead To Me

  • From the phrase "You're dead to me." It is also a song.
  • Elena finds out that Stefan and Damon are vampires, meaning they're undead.

Lost Girls

  • The title is a reference to the movie Lost Boys. Katherine is the first 'lost girl' as she is being chased by Klaus and has nowhere to go and Vicki is the other 'lost girl' because she has just turned into a vampire and is 'lost'


  • A reference to TV series about a detective who talks to ghosts. Also in this episode the school is having a party for Halloween by making a haunted house.

162 Candles

  • It is Stefan 's 162nd birthday in this episode, and on people's birthdays, they have candles on the cake. If Stefan had a cake on his birthday, he would have 162 candles on it.
  • Also a play on the movie Sixteen Candles.

History Repeating

  • A reference to a song by the Propellerheads, also it shows that some of Damon and Stefan 's relationship with Katherine might repeat with Elena.

The Turning Point

  • A reference to a film from 1977. It is also the turning point in the storyline.


  • This episode reveals Elena 's true bloodlines, and the fact that she is adopted.


  • Pun on the movie Pleasantville.

Children of the Damned

  • 1964 sci-fi film of the same name, sequel to Village of the Damned, also a reference that Stefan and Damon are children of the damned.

Fool Me Once

  • Damon said to Elena , "Fool me once, shame on you."
  • The whole expression is "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me", meaning that once you have been fooled once, you should watch it that you are not fooled a second time.
  • Damon was actually fooled twice by Katherine . She makes him think that she burned inside Fell's Church. Later she makes him believe that she was locked in the tomb. He waits 145 years for the return of the comet to free her, only to find out that she was not inside the tomb either.

A Few Good Men

  • It is a recruiting slogan for the Marines, also a film by Rob Reiner.

There Goes the Neighborhood

  • All of the tomb vampires have been released and they will kill everyone and destroy the neighborhood, thus meaning, "There goes the neighborhood."

Let The Right One In

  • Frederick compelled Miss Gibbons not to let Damon in the house, but she should have, so that Damon, Alaric and Elena could rescue Stefan , meaning she was letting the wrong vampire into her house (Frederick).
  • Alternatively, it could be viewed as a reference to Swedish writer John Ajvide Lindqvist's vampire novel, Let The Right One In , published in 2004, or the original 2008 Swedish film based on and named for the novel, which was remade in English under the title Let Me In in 2010.

Under Control

  • A song by Parachute, also,Stefan says that he's got his addiction to human blood under control - which is far from true.

Miss Mystic Falls

  • In the episode there was an event featured. It was a pageant in which Elena and Caroline both competed for the title of "Miss Mystic Falls". Caroline won.

Blood Brothers

  • Stefan and Damon both drank blood in this episode to become vampires, thus the title "Blood Brothers" means that they had both drunk blood and now liked drinking blood. Blood brothers is also a reference to 2 people cutting themselves and clasping hands thus sharing blood, in order to become a vampire you need vampire blood in your system and Stefan and Damon both had Katherine's blood in their system and they are brothers.
  • Blood brothers also alludes to the play of the same title, where the two brothers end up killing each other. Interestingly, in the books, Damon and Stefan killed each other during a sword fight.


  • Isobel is the central character in this episode. She is the main antagonist and the episodes focuses on her.

Founder's Day

  • An event in this episode was named Founder's Day, and celebrates the founding of Mystic Falls, 150 years prior.

Season Two

The Return

  • A film starring Sarah Michelle Geller. It is about Katherine's unexpected return to Mystic Falls. It also references her re-entering the lives of the Salvatore brothers.

Brave New World

  • A quote from Shakespeare's The Tempest, and a book by Aldous Huxley about producing human clones. In the prequel novels to the Vampire Diaries, Damon says to Stefan, "Let's go see this brave new world." It is also about Caroline's new life as a vampire and her new view of things.

Bad Moon Rising

  • A bad moon is rising; it is a full moon and werewolves will be roaming about, putting the vampires of Mystic Falls in danger. Also a play on the of a song by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Memory Lane

  • Memory Lane means coming back to see the past. Katherine remembered what happened in 1864, when Stefan declared his love for Katherine after the Founder's Ball.

Kill or Be Killed

  • In this episode, the meaning is that you have to kill certain people or they will kill you, meaning it is kill or be killed.

Plan B

  • Katherine activates Plan B after Damon's sabotage of plan A.



  • The introduction of Rose.


  • This episode revolves around and explains the past of Katherine Pierce, whose original name was Katerina Petrova. It details how Katherine has changed over the years, from her name, to her style, to her behavior.

The Sacrifice

  • In the episode there is a lot of explanations about the curse and the sacrifice. The main characters all make sacrifices to save another (Bonnie is willing to potentially kill herself with her magic to keep Elena from being sacrificed by getting the moonstone from the tomb and Katherine, Jeremy goes in the tomb to get the moonstone to stop Bonnie from using magic that could kill her, Stefan gets stuck in the tomb to save Jeremy, Elena tries to stop Klaus from coming to Mystic Falls, Damon stops Elena from giving herself over to Klaus, Elijah saves Elena and Damon from Klaus' men.)

By the Light of the Moon

  • In the episode, there is a full moon. Also, certain things happened by the light of the moon in the episode, such as both Tyler's and Jules' transformations.
  • It's also a line from the song "Moon over Bourbon Street" that apparently is about a vampire in New Orleans.

The Descent

  • A reference to the 2005 movie The Descent . In the movie the creatures go on a killing spree, just like Rose did in this episode.
  • The title could also be a reference to Damon "descending" back to his old ways of killing people while drinking their blood, like he did in early Season One.

Daddy Issues

  • The expression "daddy issues" refers to a woman (or man) who has a tense relationship with her/his father, or the father was absent during childhood. This episode Elena has to deal with her relationship with John, whom she always hated, but who is her biological father.

Crying Wolf

  • A lot of werewolves die in this episode. Also, Jules leaves with Tyler, crying. Since she is a werewolf, and she cried in this episode, it was named "Crying Wolf."
  • The expression "Cry Wolf" means to raise a false alarm.

The Dinner Party

  • Damon throws a dinner party in this episode, where Alaric kills Elijah.
  • Guess who is coming for dinner " is a 1967 movie about a young woman introducing her family to her high educated and well mannered black fiancée. The events of the movie also take place during a dinner party.

The House Guest

  • Katherine takes up residence in the Salvatore Boarding House, and she is the house guest.
  • "The House Guest" is a 1995 film about a small time crook how poses as family's friend to escape persecution. Katherine usually passes as Elena, and is hiding in the Salvatore's house to escape Klaus

Know Thy Enemy

  • Since Isobel is back, she tells the main characters information about Klaus, their enemy. Also the episode is full of double-crosses, so you don't know who is your enemy.

The Last Dance

  • This episode features a Sixties Decade Dance, as well as the use of the quote, "Save the last dance." It is also the last dance before 'the sacrifice' takes place and seems to be Bonnie's last dance, when she fakes dying.


  • This episode features the first appearance of Klaus, in his own body and more of his story is finally revealed.

The Last Day

  • This is probably Elena's and Stefan last day together, and Jenna's last day as a human.

The Sun Also Rises

  • "The Sun Also Rises " is the title of a book by Earnest Hemingway. It also means that, despite everything that happened (John and Jenna's death and the sacrifice ritual), we need to find hope and strength to move on.

As I Lay Dying

  • Damon lay dying in this episode but was rescued by Klaus' blood which Katherine brought to him. It is also the title of a book by William Faulkner, that is ranked among the best novels of the 20th century. The title of the book is derived from a phrase from "The Odissey ". "As I lay dying, the woman with the dog's eyes would not close my eyes as I descended into Hades." It is also the name of a band. 

Season Three

The Birthday

The Hybrid

  • Klaus had tried to make more hybrids in this episode.

The End of the Affair

  • In this episode it is revealed that Stefan had feelings for Rebekah, also in this episode Stefan says to Elena that he doesn't want to be with her meaning the end of their affair.
  • It is the name of a famous novel by Graham Greene where he observes the obsessions and jealousies of relationships.

Disturbing Behavior

  • Rebekah notices that Stefan is acting strange, so she tells Klaus, and Elena's friends (Alaric, Caroline and Bonnie) start to point to Damon and Elena's relationship is considered "disturbing behaviors" to them.
  • It's the name of a 1998 thriller about three outcast students who are horrified by the actions of their "blue ribbon" classmates.

The Reckoning

  • Klaus deals with Stefan and Elena. He also finds out that he needs Elena's blood to create hybrids. The Reckoning is also a name of one episode of the ABC TV series,"Revenge"                           

Smells Like Teen Spirit

  • A reference to a famous song with the same name by Nirvana.

Ghost World

Ordinary People

  • Ordinary People is a reference that the Original Family used to be ordinary people.
  • Also possibly a reference to the song by John Legend or the novel by Judith Guest.


  • Homecoming is an American tradition, where alumni are invited to return to their Alma mater, usually for a special Football game. Normally there are several activities including a parade, cultural events and decade dances. 

The New Deal

  • It was the name given to the series of economic measures taken by President Roosevelt in response to the Great Depression.

Our Town

The Ties That Bind

  • It's a refrain from a Christian song: "Blessed be the ties that bind our hearts in Christian love"

Bringing Out The Dead

  • It is a reference to a phase believed to be shouted during the black plague by men with carts: "

Bring out the dead " People would then bring out the dead to be buried. There is some doubt if this really happened, or if the creation of Monty Python has been taken by reality.

Dangerous Liaisons

  • Elena is invited to a dangerous ball where Esther will tell Elena about a dangerous plan to kill Klaus and her other children.
  • It's also a reference to the novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" by Cholerdos de Laclos, that originated a play with the same name by Christopher Hampton, which inspired the movie Dangerous Liaisons directed by Stephen Frears and another one named Cruel Intentions, starting Sarah Michelle Gear, Reese Whiterspoon and Ryan Phillippe.

All My Children

  • "All My Children" is an American soap opera that ran from January 5, 1970-September 23, 2011.


  • Flashback to 1912, where we first see Sage.

Break On Through

  • Break on Through " is the name of The Door's debut album, after the main song, "Break on Through to the Other Side".

The Murder of One

  • A reference to the death of Finn Mikaelson and his entire bloodline of vampires, including Sage. The title could also mean that the murder of an Original could result in the death of the many vampires they created.
  • A Murder of One " is a song from the band Counting Crows  The name of the band came from a line from this song. A group of crows is called a "murder", so a murder of one is a group of only one crow.

Heart of Darkness

  • It is revealed that The Darkness is a manifestation of one's most corrupt impulses. Also, Stefan learns more about the characteristics of The Darkness.
  • Heart of Darkness " is a 1902 novella by Joseph Conrad. It refers to the unfathomable darkness within human beings when they commit heinous acts of evil.

Do Not Go Gentle

  • Do not go gentle into that good night " is the refrain and title of a 1951 poem by Dylan Thomas, who wrote it for his dying father. He tries to convince his father to fight against his imminent death.

Before Sunset

  • Elena has to be rescued before sunset, since daylight is what is keeping Alaric trapped at school, as he can not go out into the sun.
  • Before Sunset " 2004 movie, sequel to "Before Sunrise", with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. A couple who has spent one night together 9 years ago spend one afternoon together. The movie plays in real time.

The Departed

  • Elena reminisces on her departed (deceased) family members.
  • The Departed is the title of the 2006 Academy Award-winning American action thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese.

Season Four

Growing Pains

  • It is a reference to the pain that Elena goes through in order to become a vampire. It also refers to her having problems to adjust to her new life and the initial difficulties.
  • Growing Pains" is an American television sitcom about an affluent family.


  • The memorial for the council is held and Elena & Co. mourn their dead relatives and friends.

The Rager

  • After transition, all of Elena's feelings came together as rage. She's angry and even wants to kill Rebekah.
  • Rager is also the popular name of a school or college party where plenty of alcohol is available - as in Rebekah's party.

The Five

  • It refers to a group of vampire hunters that is named The Five.

The Killer

  • It refers to Elena killing Connor, making her a killer.

We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes

  • Like all people with a conscience, Elena goes a little mad after killing Connor. Also, she was being haunted by the cursed ghost of Connor.
  • We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes is a direct quote for the movie Scream, which Kevin Williamson wrote. It was his first film and launched his career. It was also quoted in both versions of the movie Psycho (1960 and 1998).

My Brother's Keeper

  • The title comes from a Bible Quote: after Cain kills his brother Abel, God asks Cain where is his brother. He answers: "I know not. Am I my brother's keeper ?"
  • It could also be a play off of the film "My Sister's Keeper".

We'll Always Have Bourbon Street

  • The name of the episode is a play on "We'll Always Have Paris" - a famous quote from the movie Casablanca. It refers to the memories of the good time they spent together in the past, although they have been separated now.
  • Bourbon Street refers to a street in New Orleans, where Damon left Charlotte, and after 70 years he found her again.

O Come, All Ye Faithful

  • The title of the episode is the first verse of the English translation of the Christmas Carol Adeste Fideles.

After School Special

  • The Term After School Special refers to a genre of American television programs that were meant to be viewed by students after they arrived from school.

Catch Me If You Can

  • The title refers to a movie of the same name, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. It's about a man who was a con artist.
  • This could be a reference to Damon hunting Jeremy to kill him due to compulsion by Kol or a reference to the fact that Jeremy runs from Kol, who wants to see him dead.

A View To A Kill

  • The title refers to the 1985 James Bond film of the same name.

Into the Wild

  • Is a 2007 Biographical film of Christopher McCandless who lived in the Alakan wilderness who die while living in a bus he drove. Its a reference to the gang being on the island where they encounter death with Jeremy being killed by Slias.

Down the Rabbit Hole

  • The title of this episode refers to the groups decent into Silas' tomb.
  • It is also a play on Alice In Wonderland.

Stand By Me

  • The title of a novella by Stephen King. It references how Elena needs support after Jeremy's death.
  • It can also be a play on the film "Stand by Me" (1986) or the popular song "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King.

Bring It On

  • The title refers to the 2000 cheerleading film of the same name, as Elena decides to rejoin the cheer squad at school.

Because the Night

  • Bruce Speingstein song.

American Gothic

  • Is a famous painting that reflects abnormal American life

Pictures of You

  • Pictures of You is a song by The Cure. It's also the name of the prom, pictures of seniors were being shown on screens outside the auditorium where the prom was held.

The Originals

  • Refers to the family of Original vampires. This episode is a backdoor-pilot for a spin-off show centered around the family also called The Originals.

She's Come Undone

  • Refers to the fact that Elena regains her humanity after previously turning it off after losing her brother to Silas.

The Walking Dead

  • Reference to the popular American TV show of the same name. Also refers to the fact that many ghosts are coming back to Mystic Falls due to Bonnie dropping the veil to The Other Side.


  • The title is a reference to the Graduation of the high school that takes place in this episode.

Season Five

I Know What You Did Last Summer

  • The title might be referring to the fact that Silas (as he himself said) has consumed a great amount of blood that summer.
  • It could also be referring to the first scene of the episode, where Elena writes a letter to Bonnie, telling her (and the audience) what everyone has been up to since Graduation.
  • The title refers to the 1997 American slasher film starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.

True Lies

  • Wes lied on Megan's death certificate and Elena confronts him about this. Silas also continues to pose as Stefan.

Original Sin

  • This might be a reference to Silas and Amara being the first known to become truly immortal two thousand years ago.
  • Qetsiyah refers to them becoming immortal as "Silas' and Amara's sin", as they violated nature's law that all living things must die.

For Whom the Bell Tolls

  • Bells tolling are generally associated with death and Bonnie's funeral took place in this episode.
  • "For Whom the Bell Tolls" is a famous novel by Ernest Hemingway published in 1940.

Monster's Ball

  • There's a Halloween ball.

Handle with Care

  • Wes warns Caroline and Katherine to be careful, as they could kill him.
  • Damon has to do what Silas wants to bring Bonnie back, but then has to kill him to keep Elena safe.
  • Handle with care is also a label placed on mail, boxes or crates that are considered fragile. Amara was stored in such a crate

Death and the Maiden

  • Amara was Qetsiyah's handmaiden. This is the episode in which Silas, Amara and Qetsiyah die.
  • It is a play on the film "Death and the Maiden" (1994) that was originally a play written in 1990 by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman.

Dead Man on Campus

  • Jesse, a newly turned vampire, is let loose around campus.

The Cell

  • In this episode Damon is back in the cell that the Augustine kept him in the 1950s. It also shows flashbacks of that time when he was in his cell and with Enzo in the one next to him.

Fifty Shades of Grayson

  • The title refers to the complexity of Grayson Gilbert's characters, showing that his character can be very different at times.
  • It is a pun on the popular "Fifty Shades of Grey", about a young woman who enters in a BDSM relationship with a complicated business magnate.

500 Years of Solitude

  • The title refers to the 500 years of Katherine's life.

The Devil Inside

  • The title refers to Katherine being in Elena's body.

Total Eclipse of the Heart

  • The title refers to Katherine's attempts to get Stefan
  • It is also the name of a popular song by Bonnie Tyler called "Total Eclipse of the Heart"

No Exit

  • The title refers to Damon being trapped in the house by the Travelers

Gone Girl

  • The Title refers to the deaths of Nadia Petrova, and Katherine Pierce
  • Also, it could refer to the fact that Katherine was somehow barred from the Other Side, meaning that she is truly gone
  • It could also refer to the book "Gone Girl" by Gillian Flynn that was also turned into a film in 2014.

While You Were Sleeping

  • The Title refers to Elena trying to discover what she did while Katherine was in control of her.
  • It may also refer to the 1995 film with the same name. In the film, one of the main characters is in a coma and after waking up finds out what happened around him "while he was sleeping." Similarly, Elena was also in a state in which she had no control of her body, and later finds out what happened while Katherine had control of her body.

Rescue Me

  • The Title refers to Caroline working for the Travelers in order to save Stefan
  • Alternatively, it could refer to her attempt to save Tom

Resident Evil

  • The Title refers to the Travelers inhabiting the citizens of the Mystic Falls via possession

Man on Fire

  • The title refers to the fury with which Enzo seeks to avenge his love; Maggie

What Lies Beneath

  • The Title refers to the secrets that are being kept

Promised Land

  • The Title refers to Mystic Falls, which the Travelers intend to make their own
  • The Title is also a reference to the biblical land promised to the Hebrews by their god, a land that they were be able to call their own


The Title refers to Mystic Falls, the town that the Travelers have taken over, and the MFG want to take back

Season Six

I'll Remember

  • A song by Madonna in 1994 that was also in the movie "With Honors" starring Joe Pesci, Brendan Fraiser, and Moria Kelley.
  • The title refers to Elena being unable to forget Damon and move on.

Yellow Ledbetter

  • "Yellow Ledbetter" is a song by Pearl Jam, released in 1992 as a B-side to the single "Jeremy". In 1994, it reached 21 and 26 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and Modern Rock Tracks chart, respectively.
  • Yellow Ledbetter was the last word in Bonnie's crossword puzzle which Kai filled out, Bonnie and Damon the first clue that they were not alone.

Welcome to Paradise

  • "Welcome to Paradise" is a song by Green Day, released on their 1994 album Dookie.

Black Hole Sun

  • "Black Hole Sun" is a song by Soundgarden from their album Superunknown, the song won a Grammy in 1994.

The World Has Turned and Left Me Here

The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get

  • This is a song by Morrisey
  • The title may refer to Damon's return and Elena ignoring him.

Do You Remember the First Time?

  • This is a song by Pulp.
  • The title may refer to Damon wanting to bring Elena's memories about them back.

Fade Into You

  • "Fade Into You" is a song by Mazzy Star from their 1993 album So Tonight That I Might See. It was released as a single in spring 1994.

I Alone

  • "I Alone" is the second single released by Live from their 1994 album Throwing Copper.

Christmas Through Your Eyes

  • "Christmas Through Your Eyes" is a song by Gloria Estefan from the holiday album of the same name, released in 1993.
  • The episode title refers to Bonnie reminiscing about Christmas 2009.

Woke Up With a Monster

  • "Woke Up with a Monster" is a song by Cheap Trick on their 1994 album of the same name.
  • The episode title refers to Elena waking up and discovering she has been kidnapped by Kai.

Prayer For the Dying

  • This is a song by Seal
  • It is based off the film "Prayer For the Dying" (1987).

The Day I Tried To Live

  • A play on the song "The Day I Tried to Live" by Soundgarden.
  • The episode title refers to Bonnie wanting to end her life in the Prison World while the Mystic Falls Gang.


  • Stay (parenthetically titled I Missed You) is a song by Lisa Loeb from 1994.
  • The episode title refers to Caroline watching Liz slowly slip away.

Let Her Go

  • It is the title of a song by Cheap Trick on their Woke Up with a Monster album from 1994.
  • The episode title refers to Caroline saying her last goodbyes to Liz.

The Downward Spiral

  • This is a song by Nine Inch Nails off their second album also titled The Downward Spiral.
  • This term describes a depressive state where the person experiencing the downward spiral is getting more and more depressed, perhaps due to causes unknown. It is called a downward spiral because there is no way to stop it, it's just going to get worse and worse... until the person crashes.
  • The episode title refers to Caroline deteriorating after she turn her humanity switch.

A Bird in a Gilded Cage

  • This is a song composed by Arthur J. Lamb (lyrics) and Harry Von Tilzer (music) that became one of the most popular songs of 1900.
  • The episode title refers to Stefan and Damon's mother, Lily Salvatore, and the Prison World that she's in.

I Never Could Love Like That

  • This is a song written by Elmer Bowman (lyricist) and Al Johns (composer), and recorded by vocalist Billy Murray in 1903.
  • The episode title refers to Lily admitting that she doesn't love her sons anymore.


  • This is a song published in 1902 by Edward Teschemacher (lyrics) and Guy d'Hardelot (music). It became an extremely popular vocal to be sung at weddings.
  • This is a different song published in 1898 by Charles Horwitz (lyrics) and Frederick V. Bowers (music).
  • This is also a song by The Beatles from their 1969 album Abbey Road.

I'd Leave My Happy Home For You

  • The episode title refers to Damon and Elena discussing the ramifications from an impulsive offer that Damon makes.
  • This is an 1899 song by Harry Von Tilzer (music) and William A. Heelan.

I'll Wed You in the Golden Summertime

  • The episode title refers to Alaric and Jo's wedding.
  • This is a 1903 song by Alfred Bryan (lyrics) and Stanley Crawford (music).
  • It's a meaning for a summertime wedding.

I'm Thinking Of You All The While

  • This is a song composed by David Reed and recorded in 1903 by Arthur Collins.
  • It refers to the fact that Damon along with everyone else will be thinking of Elena while she's slumbering in the Salvatore crypt thanks to Kai who put her in a coma.

Season 7

Day One of Twenty-Two Thousand, Give or Take

  • The (possible) number of days where Elena is in her magical coma

Never Let Me Go

  • Damon and Alaric cannot let go of their lost lovers
  • Is a 2011 song sung by indie rock band, Florence and the Machine, which was used in Heart of Darkness.

Age of Innocence

  • Refers back to 1863 when Valerie & Stefan first meted before they both became a Hybrid & Vampire respectively. 

I Carry Your Heart With Me

  • Damon's diary entry for Elena to read when she wakes up.

Live Through This

  • Is the second studio album by American alternative rock band Hole. It was released by DGC Records on April 12, 1994, just four days after front woman Courtney Love's husband, Kurt Cobain, was found dead in their home. It was Hole's only album to feature bassist Kristen Pfaff befor

Best Served Cold

  • The popular expression "revenge is a dish best served cold" suggests that revenge is more satisfying if enacted when unexpected or long feared, inverting traditional civilized revulsion toward "cold-blooded" violence.

Mommie Dearest

  • Refers to the Salvatore Brothers childhood before Lily died and turned into a vampire.
  • Is a memoir and exposé written by Christina Crawford, the adopted daughter of actress Joan Crawford. The book, which depicts Christina's childhood and her relationship with her mother, was published in 1978.

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

  • Is a 1995 single by U2 from the Batman Forever soundtrack album.

Cold as Ice

  • Is a 1977 song by the band Foreigner.

Hell Is Other People

Things We Lost in the Fire

  • Is a 2007 drama film directed by Susanne Bier and written by Allan Loeb, starring Halle Berry and Benicio del Toro. Julie Plec confirmed that she based the title on this movie. 

Postcards from the Edge

  • The X marked postcards which the Heretics concluded they were from Ranya not knowing it was bait by a group of vampire hunters.

This Woman's Work

  • Caroline giving birth to the twins.
  • Woman's work (or women's work) is a term used particularly in the West to indicate work that is believed to be exclusively the domain of women and associates particular tasks with the female gender.

Moonlight on the Bayou

  • Stefan's visiting Klaus in New Orleans for his help against Ranya.

I Would for You

  • Damon willing to desiccate himself while waiting for Elena.

Days of Future Past

  • It was originally the name of Chris Claremont and John Byrne's X-Men graphic novel, which is a storyline that centers around a young woman traveling from several years in an alternate future to the present to stop her dystopic future from coming to pass. It bears some resemblance with the show's current storyline that binds the present events to those of the future with both The Originals and The Vampire Diaries.
    • Days of Future Past is a two-part episodes from the animated TV series X-Men Animated Series.
    • X-Men: Days of Future Past is a 2014 American superhero film based on the fictional X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics and is based on Chris Claremont and John Byrne's earlier work.

I Went to the Woods

  • Is a quote from Walden by noted transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau, which is a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings

One Way or Another

  • Is the fourth single by American rock band Blondie from their second studio album Parallel Lines. The song was released on May 14, 1979.

Somebody That I Used to Know

  • Is the second single by the Belgian-Australian singer, Gotye, which features vocals by Kimbra, on the album Making Mirrors. The song was released on July 5, 2011.

Kill 'Em All

  • Is the debut studio album by the American heavy metal band Metallica, released on July 25, 1983.

Requiem for a Dream

  • Is a 2000 American psychological drama film directed by Darren Aronofsky. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Hubert Selby, Jr., with whom Aronofsky wrote the screenplay. The film depicts four different forms of drug addiction, which lead to the characters’ imprisonment in a world of delusion and reckless desperation that is subsequently overtaken by reality, thus leaving them as hollow shells of their former selves.

Gods and Monsters

  • Is a song by American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey from her third extended play Paradise and was released on November 9, 2012, with the rest of the Paradise EP.
  • Also an 1998 British-American drama film that recounts the (somewhat fictionalized) last days of the life of troubled film director.

Season 8

Hello, Brother

Today Will Be Different

You Decided That I Was Worth Saving

An Eternity of Misery

Coming Home Was a Mistake

Detoured On Some Random Backwoods Path to Hell

The Next Time I Hurt Somebody, It Could Be You

We Have History Together

The Simple Intimacy of the Near Touch

Nostalgia's a Bitch

You Made a Choice to Be Good

We Have History Together

The Simple Intimacy of the Near Touch

The Originals


Season One

Always and Forever

  • The title refers to the pact the three original siblings made.

House of the Rising Son

  • Is a folk song that tell a story of life gone wrong in New Orleans and it refers to Marcel since he's King of The Quarter just like Klaus was.

Tangled Up In Blue

  • Is a song by Bob Dylan and its about a forbidden relationship such as Rebel the pairing of Rebekah & Marcel.

Girl in New Orleans

  • A reference to either Hayley (who is stuck in New Orleans because of her child), Davina (who is trapped in New Orleans at the heart of the power struggle between vampires and witches), or Camille(who has moved to New Orleans to discover the reasons behind her brother's massacre and his death.

Sinners and Saints

  • A reference to the discovery of the very religious nature of the witch coven and their rejection of all sinners (vampires and those who oppose the witches). The saints are a reference to the four Harvest Girls, whose purpose is revealed in this episode.

Fruit of the Poisoned Tree

  • Usually refers to the apple in the Garden Of Eden, but Agnes believes its the unborn Hope Mikaelson. So she attempted to used Sophie's link to get Hayley to miscarry.


  • Is the withdrawal of blood from a patient to cure or prevent illness and disease.

The River in Reverse

  • An 2006 Grammy collaboration

Reigning Pain in New Orleans

  • Klaus finally has control again of the Quarter.

The Casket Girls

  • A yearly tradition of the French Quarter, which was actually created by Rebekah when back in 18th century she saved a few young girls who were lead to New Orleans in order to get married, but the men who awaited were not gentle at all.

Apres Moi, Le Deluge

  • 'After me, the flood'. referring to Davina's status and the imbalance of nature she caused.

Dance Back from the Grave

  • Obviously meaning the revelation that Celeste Dubois had never died and the first episode shown alive in Sabine's body & taking actions as a revealed Celeste.

Crescent City

  • Meaning the fact that New Orleans was once ruled by the Crescent clan of werewolves.

Long Way Back From Hell

  • Referring to Rebekah's struggles to escape from Genevieve's hallucinations.

Le Grand Guignol

  • Referring to this episode as a big one and especially to the show that Mikael created during flashbacks, with Marcel and Lana dying as the audience keeps laughing through compulsion.

Farewell to Storyville

  • Referring to Rebekah saying goodbye and leaving New Orleans.

Moon Over Bourbon Street

  • Referring to Klaus' vision of the werewolves ruling the city of New Orleans once again with the help of Moonlight rings.

The Big Uneasy

  • Referring to the action of Marcel, which broke the rules of the peace deal between the races and which fact could not be undone.

An Unblinking Death

  • Refer to the death of major recurring character Father Kieran who was recently hexed and despite the attempts of his niece Cami for asking for help curing him, it ended up that the only way for both to be relieved was Kieran to die.

A Closer Walk With Thee

  • The walk of the Originals along with Cami for Kieran's funeral and the meeting of Hayley and Mikael.

The Battle of New Orleans

  • The great battle that the Guerrera werewolves caused over the quarter during full-moon with the help of moonlight rings that Genevieve made for them.

From a Cradle to a Grave

  • Meaning the death of newborn Hope faked by her family in order to send her away and keep her safe and protected from this family's enemies.

Season Two


  • The title of this episode Rebirth could be a reference to Hayley's new status as a hybrid or the struggles of Klaus to move on after his daughter's gone away. It could also be a reference to the characters that were brought back to life in the season finale.

Alive and Kicking

  • Refers to Kol and Finn, who have returned from the dead.

Every Mother's Son

  • Every Mother's Son was a rock band formed in New York City in 1967 by the Larden Brothers

Live and Let Die

  • The Live and Let Die (1973) is the eighth James Bond film. The film is partially set in New Orleans and incorporates numerous references to Voodooism.
  • "Live and Let Die" is originally a song written by Paul McCartney. The lyrics refer to a young naive person saying Live and let Live. But after being exposed to more of the world and becoming worn down by it, he says Live and Let Die meaning I'm going to do what I want and everyone else can get screwed.

Red Door

  • Refers to the red door in Elijah's dreams/hallucinations.

Wheel Inside the Wheel

  • Refers to a story within a story. Specifically, Esther's tale with Dahlia and Freya, and how it affects the setting today

Chasing the Devil's Tail

  • A difficult chase with the person who has been excluding you.

The Brothers That Care Forgot

  • "The Brothers That Care Forgot" could be a play on the nickname of New Orleans, "The City That Care Forgot".
  • The fandom thinks that the title refers to Finn & Kol as they're not part of the Always & Forever Trio and feels that they haven't been given that much attention inside of the series.

The Map of Moments

  • Refers of what happened to Kol to lead to his last neutralized state in 1914 and a century later trapping Rebekah in the Dowager Fauline's house.

Gonna Set Your Flag On Fire

  • The song is a line form the song Iko Iko, referring to two different tribes of Mardi Gras Indians, warring.
  • In context, it refers to the fight between the werewolves and the vampires that Finn tries to instigate.

Brotherhood of the Damned

  • Refers to Marcel's Unit (The 369th Regiment/the Hellfighters/The Brotherhood of the Damned) in WWI


  • Sanctuary is a place where someone or something is given shelter.

The Devil is Damned

  • Refers to both Klaus and Kol as Finn has something over them. Hope's safety for Klaus while Kol has borrowed time left.

I Love You, Goodbye

  • Centers around Kol's death and saying goodbye to his love ones especially Davina.
  • Besides, it's the episode of Hayley's wedding. Before the wedding, Elijah goes to her room and say something (probably I Love You) but Hayley stops him and says her goodbye in her own way. After the wedding, Elijah leaves the compound.

They All Asked For You

  • Usually means people been asking for a person who is a lost relative, or a person who is wanted for a bad reason.

Save My Soul

  • Rebekah becoming aware of Eva's attempt to regain control of her body.

Exquisite Corpse

  • Rebekah kills Eva's soul, and Esther is exploded into starlings rendering them both dead.

Night Has A Thousand Eyes

  • Dahlia using her magic to use French Quarter humans to do her work with her ability to possess thousands of spies by mentally controlling ordinary (and even supernatural) beings.

When the Levee Breaks

  • Title meaning: the tensions in the Mikaelson family will finally come to a head.
    • The phrase, "When the levee breaks" refers to things being thrown out of balance. A levee is used in coastal regions, including southern Louisiana, in order to regulate water levels and protect the residents from the effects of hurricanes. When a levee breaks, the ocean water can flood the region it is meant to protect, as demonstrated by the effects of Hurricane Katrina on Louisiana and especially New Orleans in 2005.

City Beneath The Sea

  • The title could refers to the storm Dahlia caused in New Orleans.
  • It could also refer to the fact that New Orleans is below sea level.

Fire with Fire

  • Respond to an attack by using a similar method as one's attacker.

Ashes to Ashes

  • The phrase Ashes to Ashes usually refers to death.
    • In this case, Esther and Dahlia also turned into ash in this episode.

Season 3

For the Next Millennium

  • The time span The Originals have been on earth which is currently being threatened.

You Hung the Moon

  • Davina blocking The Crescent since she needs Hayley to a hit job for her

I'll See You in Hell or New Orleans

  • A common dialog just before dying, or more commonly, just before attempting to kill someone or, in a combination of the two, in a situation where you expect to die and just want them to die too.

A Walk on the Wild Side

  • An 1962 movie set in New Orleans

The Axeman's Letter' '

  • Klaus's letter to Aurora in 1002 and her letter to him in return during the present
  • The Axeman was a serial killer that terrorized the city of New Orleans from May 1918 to October 1919. On March 3rd, 1919, he penned a letter and sent it to local newspapers telling the citizens of his plan to murder anyone who didn't play Jazz music in their home which Vincent tells Cami as he explains The Axemen Jazz Festival history to her.

Beautiful Mistake

  • Elijah's belief that siring The Trinity was a mistake parallels how a expecting parent initially feels about their unborn child.
    • Beautiful Mistake is also a song by New Orleans band Better than Ezra.

Out of the Easy

  • Davina being shunned out of the witch community after her (indirect) involvement of a massacre is exposed.
  • Is a 2013 novel by Ruta Sepetys. The book is set in 1950 in the French Quarter of New Orleans. The daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie Moraine wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan to get out, but a mysterious death leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street. Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a quest for the truth.

The Other Girl in New Orleans

  • An unofficially part two to the Season 1 episode referring to Aurora's jealousy towards Cami.


  • A person who saves someone or something (especially a country or cause) from danger, and who is regarded with the veneration of a religious figure.

A Ghost Along the Mississippi

  • Is a 1996 American drama film directed by Rob Reiner and starring Alec Baldwin, Whoopi Goldberg, and James Woods. The plot is based on the true story of the 1994 trial of Byron De La Beckwith, the white supremacist accused of the 1963 assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers.
  • Very well could refer to Aya's last words she speaks to to Tristan

Wild at Heart

  • A 1990 American crime thriller film written and directed by David Lynch, and based on Barry Gifford's 1989 novel of the same name.

Dead Angels

  • The title refers to Cami as the human part of her is dead now and Ariane who appears as a ghost to Davina.

Heart Shaped Box

  • The box that kept Jackson's heart until it was stolen by Marcel as an alternative means for another spell ingredient.

A Streetcar Named Desire

  • An 1951 American drama film, with elements of film noir, an adaptation of Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning 1947 play of the same name.'

An Old Friend Calls

Alone with Everybody

  • The feeling of being isolated even though you're surrounded by people.

Behind the Black Horizon

  • Finn refers to the darkness he see's when closing his eyes as the 'black horizon', a side effect of being daggered so many times.

The Devil Comes Here and Sighs

  • The Devils' Hangout.

No More Heartbreaks

  • Camille O'Connell dies, meaning she can have no further relationships or heartbreaks.
  • A line of dialogue from Klaus, directed at Camille:

Just know; there will be no more pain, no more will find peace.

Where Nothing Stays Buried

  • Rebekah's body is exumed from where it was buried for safety.

Give 'Em Hell Kid

  • Davina sets of a magical device that cuts of the Ancestors from the land of the living.
  • Kol says "Give 'em hell, Davina Claire."

The Bloody Crown

  • The title is from Shakespeare's play Richard II:
  • Quote: "He is come to open/The purple testament of bleeding war/ But ere the crown he looks for live in peace/Ten thousand bloody crowns of mothers' sons/Shall ill become the flower of England's face"
  • The story is about king Richard who gets dethroned by a member of his own family, causing a civil war, just like Marcel taking over Klaus' reign in New Orleans.

Season Three


See also

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