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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 TV show, The Vampire Diaries. Unless marked otherwise, all content should be considered subjective and non-canon.

The Vampire DiariesEdit

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Season One Edit

Pilot Edit

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

The Night of the Comet Edit

  • 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 Edit

Family Ties Edit

You're Undead To Me Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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'

Haunted Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

Bloodlines Edit

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

Unpleasantville Edit

  • Pun on the movie Pleasantville.

Children of the Damned Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

There Goes the Neighborhood Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

Founder's Day Edit

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

Season Two Edit

The Return Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

Masquerade Edit

Rose Edit

  • The introduction of Rose.

Katerina Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 fianceé. The events of the movie also take place during a dinner party.

The House Guest Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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.

Klaus Edit

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

The Last Day Edit

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

The Sun Also Rises Edit

  • "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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

The Birthday Edit

The Hybrid Edit

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

The End of the Affair Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

Ghost World Edit

Ordinary People Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

Our Town Edit

The Ties That Bind Edit

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

Bringing Out The Dead Edit

  • 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 Monthy Python has been taken by reality.

Dangerous Liaisons Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

1912 Edit

  • Flashback to 1912, where we first see Sage.

Break On Through Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • A reference to the death of Finn 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

Growing Pains Edit

  • 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.

Memorial Edit

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

The Rager Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

The Killer Edit

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

We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

After School Special Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

Into the WildEdit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • Bruce Speingstein song.

American Gothic Edit

  • Is a famous painting that reflects abnormal American life

Pictures of You Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

The Walking Dead Edit

  • 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.

Graduation Edit

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

Season Five Edit

I Know What You Did Last Summer Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

Original Sin Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • There's a Halloween ball.

Handle with Care Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

The Cell Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

The Devil Inside Edit

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

Total Eclipse of the Heart Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

Gone Girl Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

Man on Fire Edit

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

What Lies Beneath Edit

  • The Title refers to the secrets that are being kept

Promised Land Edit

  • 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

Home Edit

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

Season Six Edit

I'll Remember Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • "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 Edit

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

Black Hole Sun Edit

  • "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 Edit

The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get Edit

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

Do You Remember the First Time? Edit

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

Fade Into You Edit

  • "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 Edit

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

Christmas Through Your Eyes Edit

  • "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 Edit

  • "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 Edit

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

The Day I Tried to Live Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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.

Because Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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.
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The OriginalsEdit

Season One Edit

Always and Forever Edit

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

House of the Rising Son Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

Girl in New Orleans Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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.

Bloodletting Edit

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

The River in Reverse Edit

  • An 2006 Grammy collaboration

Reigning Pain in New Orleans Edit

  • Klaus finally has control again of the Quarter.

The Casket Girls Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

Dance Back from the Grave Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

Long Way Back From Hell Edit

  • Probably referring to Rebekah's struggles to escape from Genevieve's hallucinations.

Le Grand Guignol Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • Referring to Rebekah saying goodbye and leaving New Orleans.

Moon Over Bourbon Street Edit

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

The Big Uneasy Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

The Battle of New Orleans Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

Rebirth Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

Every Mother's Son Edit

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

Live and Let Die Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

The Wheel Inside the Wheel Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

The Brothers That Care Forgot Edit

  • "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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

Sanctuary Edit

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

The Devil is Damned Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • Centers around Kol's death and saying goodbye to his love ones especially Davina.

They All Asked For You Edit

  • 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 Edit

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

Exquisite Corpse Edit

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

Night Has A Thousand Eyes Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • 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 Edit

  • The title could possibly refer 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 Edit

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

Ashes to Ashes Edit

  • The phrase Ashes to Ashes usually refers to death.

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