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The Vampire Diaries
Season 2, Episode 9
Air date November 11, 2010
Written by Andrew Chambliss
Directed by J. Miller Tobin
Episode Guide Transcript
The Sacrifice

Katerina is the ninth episode of the second season of The Vampire Diaries and the thirty-first episode of the series.


KATHERINE’S PAST IS REVEALEDElena puts herself in a dangerous position as she searches for the truth about Katherine’s past and what her own future may hold. Knowing that Stefan would never agree to her plan, Elena swears Caroline to secrecy. Damon uses a new-found confidant to help him try to discover the real purpose and power of the moonstone. Jeremy and Bonnie meet Luka a new student with a surprising family history.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



  • Antagonist: Elijah Mikaelson, Niklaus Mikaelson (past, unseen).
  • Although credited, Matt, Jenna, Alaric and Tyler do not appear in this episode.
    • This is the first episode this season to not feature Tyler. Also, this is the last episode this season to not feature Alaric.
  • This is the first episode in the whole series to begin with a different scene during the showing of previous episode events. The others began with Stefan narrating about needing to know Elena; this episode began with Alaric narrating about vampires and werewolves, beginning what was to be a sequence of more episodes.
  • This episode shares many similarities with 500 Years of Solitude, and the milestone 100th episode could be considered a loose sequel to this episode.
  • It's the third of four episodes to be named after a character, the other three being: IsobelRose and Klaus.
    • Interestingly, three of them are women, who are vampires and were lovers of Damon Salvatore at one point.
  • This episode is named after Katherine's real name, Katerina—a name shared by actress Katerina Graham who plays Bonnie Bennett.
  • It is revealed that Rose was the one who sired Katherine. In the novels, it was Klaus. Thus, the storyline of Klaus and Katherine are different in the novels. We learn in the Season Five episode, Monster's Ball that the date was April 6, 1492.
  • 1492 is when Christopher Columbus discovers the New World. Though in Ordinary People it apparently had been already discovered by Europeans, though not recorded.
  • In the books, Katherine is German, while in the series, she is Bulgarian, because Nina Dobrev was born there and speaks Bulgarian fluently.
  • It is confirmed that Katherine had a baby before becoming a vampire and that baby started the lineage that ends in Elena. This was first theorized by Damon in Bloodlines.
  • This episode is the fifth flashback episode and the second episode to be told from Katherine's point of view.
  • Katherine offers Elena her blood so she could be turned into a vampire.
  • Elena gives Katherine the Petrova book in which there is a sketch of Katherine with her parents as seen at the end of the episode.
  • This is the second episode this season in which we see a little bit of Katherine's humanity as she looks at the sketch of herself and her parents. The first time was in Memory Lane.
  • As of this episode, Trevor is the first character to die in an episode (Rose) and make an appearance after being killed.
  • It is revealed in this episode that Klaus killed Katherine's parents as revenge for her getting away.

Body Count

  • Slater - staked, killed by Himself/Elijah (under his compulsion).

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.50 million viewers in USA which was 0.133 million less than the previous episode.


(with translation)
Katerina's mother:
English: A little more, dearest... a little more. Push... a little more. A little more, a little more. Push! It's a girl.
Bulgarian: Още малко, скъпа... още малко. Напъвай... още малко. Още малко, още малко. Напъвай. Момиче е.
English: A girl. Please mother... let me see her.
Bulgarian: Момиче? Моля те, майко... позволи ми да я видя.
Katerina's father:
English: Woman, don't! What are you doing?
Bulgarian: Жено, недей! Какво правиш?
English: Let me at least hold her once... just once... at least once.
Bulgarian: Дай ми поне веднъж да я подържа... само веднъж... поне веднъж.
Katerina's father:
English: Forget it... You have disgraced this family!
Bulgarian: Позор.... Позор за нашето семейство!
English: Father, please! No, father... No! No!
Bulgarian: Татко, моля те! Не, татко, моля те, не. Не!
Katerina's mother:
English: No Katerina. It's better for her! It's better for her!
Bulgarian: Недей, Катерина. Така е по-добре за нея, Катерина. Така е по-добре за нея.
English: No, mother, please...
Bulgarian: Моля те, моля те не, мама.
Katerina's mother:
English: Let her go... let her go, Katerina.
Bulgarian: Остави я... остави я, Катерина.
English: Please, Mama...
Bulgarian: Мама, моля те.
Elijah: "I'm a special vampire."
Katherine: "Better you die than I."
Rose: "Being in love with your brother's girlfriend must be difficult."
Damon: "I'm not in love with anyone."
Rose: "Wanna try that again?"
Caroline: "You have a friend?"
Stefan: "You say that with such a discouraging amount of surprise."
Katherine: "Witches and their spells. So many ingredients. So many people to sacrifice."
Katherine (to Elena): "He killed them. My entire family. Just to get back at me for running. Whatever you do to escape Klaus, he will get his vengeance. Your friends, your family and anyone that you've ever loved."
(To Stefan): I don't want my freedom, because when Klaus comes to kill us—and he will come—I'll be safe in the tomb where no vampire will enter because they can't get out. I'll be the safest psychotic bitch in town.
Elena (To Stefan): "It`s not just me that's in danger. It's Caroline and it's Tyler and it's Bonnie... They're all part of breaking the curse. I can't blame anyone else anymore. Because it's not because you came into town, or because you and I fell in love. That's not why everyone that I love is in danger. It's because of me. Everything is because of me."



Last.fm_play.png "You Always Get What You Want" – Atomic Tom
Last.fm_play.png "A Moment Changes Everything" – David Gray
Last.fm_play.png "Precious Stone" – Pete Yorn
Last.fm_play.png "Puritan Heart" – Matt Duncan

Last.fm_play.png "Light Love" – Free Energy
Last.fm_play.png "Trap of Mirrors" – The Pass
Last.fm_play.png "Amen Omen" – Ben Harper


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