It's Been a Hell of a Ride is the fourteenth episode of the eighth season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and sixty-ninth episode of the series overall.


WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLDDamon and Stefan must join forces against Cade in order to save Elena's casket. Meanwhile, Caroline and Alaric deal with their daughters' burgeoning magical powers.



Main Cast

Special Guest Star

Recurring Cast




  • Antagonists: Kai and Cade.
  • Arcadius is killed by Stefan.
  • Kai was able to absorb magic from the Armory's walls similarly to how Lizzie and Josie were subconsciously absorbing it and levitating crayons in The Lies Will Catch Up To You.
  • Alaric tells Caroline that he would like to start a school for children, like Josie and Lizzie, at The Armory.
  • With Bonnie's help, Josie and Lizzie managed to create a new Prison World for Kai, there is also no way for him to escape this world either.
  • Bonnie tells Damon what Kai told her about Hell; that it was not destroyed after Cade's death and that someone they know is now in charge.
    • Katherine became the new "Queen" of Hell.
    • This episode confirms that Katherine was in fact sucked into and has been in Hell since her demise.
  • This is also the final episode of the show not to feature all the main characters.
    • This is the fourth and final episode this season to not feature Matt.

Body Count



Behind the Scenes

Cultural References




Last.fm_play.png "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" – Bob Dylan (Chris Wood Cover)
Last.fm_play.png "Change My Life" – Dang
Last.fm_play.png "Silently" – Axel Flovent
Last.fm_play.png "This Explosion Within" – Lights & Motion
Last.fm_play.png "Two Princes" – Spin Doctors




See also

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