I don't want an adventure. I just want to get these herbs and have a nice, quiet, home-cooked meal with my girlfriend.

I Would for You is the fifteenth episode of the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and forty-eighth episode of the series overall.


A WORLD WITHOUT DAMON SALVATORE — While Stefan and Valerie search for a magical herb that can keep him hidden from Rayna, Damon comes up with his own plan to take her down for good. However, while at The Armory, Bonnie makes a shocking discovery about Rayna that brings Damon’s plan to a screeching halt. Elsewhere, a conversation with Caroline leaves Stefan questioning their future together, while Matt decides it may be time to truly take a stand against the vampires of Mystic Falls. Finally, as the season’s middle chapter draws to a close, Damon’s desire to take himself out of the game ramps up as he races to complete unfinished business with Stefan and Bonnie. Enzo and Alaric also appear.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast




  • Damon tries to kill Rayna for good but learns from Bonnie that if she dies so does anyone marked with X from her sword which includes Stefan. So just before what would be her final death he saves her life.
  • Rayna reveals to Damon after continued asking that she was involved with someone who turned out to be a vampire who she also admitted to later staking as well.
  • Once more, Damon mentions to Rayna how she looks like his girlfriend, Elena, before telling her that they probably wear the same size clothes as he throws some of Elena's clothes at her in the well where he trapped her before she came back to life after he had killed her in the Mystic Grill.
  • As Rayna begins dying with her last life, so does Stefan. Valerie tries to save him with by siphoning the killing effect which radiates from the X mark, but it does not work.
    • This marks the first kind of magic that cannot be nullified through siphoning.
  • The Armory captures Rayna locking her away until she escapes in 2017.
  • Matt threatens Stefan to get him and every other vampire to leave town by telling him that he'll show the video of Damon and Stefan doing unnatural things if he doesn't leave Mystic Falls for good. He does so.
  • Somebody steals the herb Freya used before Stefan and Valerie can get hold of some but they are told that 100 years ago witches around the world destroyed it except this one place.
  • Damon tells Stefan he's going to desiccate himself so others won't get hurt trying to help him and that without Elena in his life he's no longer the good brother. He leaves letters for Alaric and Bonnie. Stefan delivers Alaric's letter to him in Dallas but without Caroline or Alaric knowing he was there.
  • Caroline decides to stay in Dallas with Alaric and the twins Lizzie and Josie.
  • Just before Damon enters his casket next to Elena's Bonnie confronts about him saying goodbye through a letter instead of face to face. They don't part on good terms when she leaves.
  • Just as with Elena after she's place in the Salvatore crypt in I'm Thinking Of You All The While, we see Damon's desiccation is seen quickly sped up over time for the 3 years from inside his coffin unlike Elena's which was seen from outside hers with the flowers.
  • Parts of all the flash forwards catching up to Stefan tied up at the anchor desk in 2016 across from Rayna who tells him that she doesn't even want to kill him but that someone else should be in his place which Stefan realizes is Damon. Rayna tells him that she can transfer the X mark to Damon if he's willing to give up his brother. Stefan sees Damon standing behind her still suffering the effects of the werewolf venom and learning it was his idea to do the switch.
  • The scene where Damon is talking to Rayna in the well is a reference to the movie The Silence of the Lambs. When Rayna says, "it puts the lotion in the basket," is what the serial killer says to his victim in the well like pit he dug in his house to trap his victims. Rayna purposefully says this as a direct reference to the movie, realizing her situation was very similar to the movie.
  • This is the last episode of the show to feature a flashforward.



Body Count

Behind the Scenes

Cultural References

  • "I Would for You" is the song by Jane's Addiction from their debut album which was recorded live at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on January 26, 1987.
  • The Silence of the Lambs movie is referenced when Damon is talking to Rayna Cruz at the bottom of the well he trapped her in when she says a quote from the movie, "It puts the lotion in the basket."




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