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  Man on Fire is the nineteenth episode of the fifth season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred eighth episode of the series overall.


The Vampire Diaries 5x19 Extended Promo - Man on Fire HD00:31

The Vampire Diaries 5x19 Extended Promo - Man on Fire HD

FLASHBACKS TO THE 1960sStefan tries to distract Elena from obsessing about the state of her relationship with Damon, while Bonnie does her best to be realistic about how the changes happening on the other side will affect her existence as the Anchor. Damon demands the Traveler knife, forcing Jeremy and Matt to admit it has gone missing. Through flashbacks to election night, 1960, Enzo reveals to Elena, Stefan and Bonnie that he has learned what happened to his long-lost love, Maggie, and then, with the unwilling help of Liv and Luke, things take an ugly turn. Trying to calm Enzo down, Damon intervenes, but his words cause Enzo to make a desperate and dangerous decision that leads to a violent confrontation with Stefan. Finally, Markos enlists Sloan’s help in a ritual designed to break an ancient curse against the Travelers. Tyler is forced to play a dangerous part in the ritual, while witnessing the incredible power The Travelers now possess.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast




  • Antagonists: Enzo, Markos, and the Travelers.
  • The flashbacks in this episode take place on Tuesday, November 8, 1960, when John F. Kennedy was elected President of the United States with Lyndon B. Johnson as his Vice-President. This places this episode about two years after Damon escaped from Augustine.
  • In 1950, Maggie asked Enzo to turn her into a vampire so that she could help him escape and deal with Dr. Whitmore. Instead, he removed her vervain bracelet and compelled her to leave and forget about him.
  • This is the first and only time we see the Augustine Society emblem, which was printed on the syringe of vervain Maggie pulled on Damon.
  • Bonnie and Elena are both in denial about their current situations: Elena about her break-up with Damon, and Bonnie about the Other Side falling apart as a result of the Travelers' spell.
  • Damon compares Jeremy and Matt to the Hardy Boys, as well as to Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum from Alice In Wonderland.
  • Enzo becomes the fifth vampire known to have turned off their humanity in the series after Isobel, Stefan, Damon, and Elena.
  • Sloan is the second witch to have been turned into a vampire, the first being Abby Bennett Wilson. She is also the first vampire to be reverted to humanity without the cure.
  • This episode marks the first time Tyler has sired a vampire, albeit unwillingly, when his blood was used by Markos to turn Sloan.
  • Enzo tries to kill Elena in revenge for Damon killing Maggie in 1960. Elena fights back against Enzo but gets her neck snapped by him.
  • Stefan arrives just in time to stop Enzo from killing Elena. They then proceed to fight, and when Stefan threateningly shoved his hand into Enzo's chest, Enzo killed himself by pulling his body away from Stefan's hand, essentially committing suicide by proxy due to Enzo turning off his humanity and wanting his death at Stefan's literal hand to ruin Stefan's relationship with Damon.
  • Damon finds Elena and takes her back to her dorm room, but leaves just as she's coming around.

Body Count


  • This episode marks the first time that Caroline Forbes is the only absent main character, but she was mentioned by both Damon and Enzo.
  • Damon needs the Traveler Knife, but the last remaining knife was destroyed by Markos in Resident Evil.
  • Elena is now the only vampire character in The Vampire Diaries whose blood hasn't been used to turn someone into a vampire.
  • This episode marks the second time that The Vampire Diaries logo is shown exactly after showing the events of the previous episodes.
  • This episode shows the second time Liv has been attacked by a vampire, when Enzo bites her at Scull Bar. The first time was by Elena in While You Were Sleeping.

Behind the Scenes

Cultural References

  • In Theodor Storm’s 1866 published fairytale The Rain Maiden, a little "man of fire" with the name Eckeneckenpen appears and casts evil spells to make the fields wither. This is linked to another writer in the middle of the 19th century, the local researcher, folklorist, and graphic artist Christian Peter Hansen (1803-1879), portrayed Ekke Nekkepenn as a merman who lives with his wife Rahn at the bottom of the North Sea, and plays mischievous tricks on seafarers and residents of the North Frisian Islands.
  • Man on Fire[1] is a 2004 American thriller film, and the second adaptation of A. J. Quinnell's 1980 novel of the same name. The first film based on the novel was released in 1987. The 2004 film adaptation was directed by Tony Scott, from a screenplay written by Brian Helgeland. The film stars Denzel Washington as John Creasy, a despondent, alcoholic former CIA operative/Force Recon Marine officer turned bodyguard, who goes on a revenge rampage after his charge, nine-year-old Pita Ramos (Dakota Fanning), is abducted in Mexico City. The supporting cast includes Christopher Walken, Radha Mitchell, Giancarlo Giannini, Marc Anthony, Rachel Ticotin and Mickey Rourke.
  • José Clemente Orozco[2] (November 23, 1883 – September 7, 1949) was a Mexican social realist painter, who specialized in bold murals that established the Mexican Mural Renaissance together with murals by Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and others. Orozco was the most complex of the Mexican muralists, fond of the theme of human suffering, but less realistic and more fascinated by machines than Rivera. Mostly influenced by Symbolism, he was also a genre painter and lithographer. A Mural painting from Orozco representing "el Hombre de Fuego" (aka Man Of Fire), located in Hospicio Cabañas, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.


Enzo: "You ready to talk about what you did to the love of my life? Someone tore her head right off her body."
Stefan: "I had nothing to do with it."

Enzo: "Stefan will be dead soon."
Damon: "Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa."

Damon: "The thing is, Stefan was right. He didn’t kill Enzo’s girl."
Enzo: "What are you talking about?"

Damon: "Oh, I’m so sorry to interrupt... whatever weird ritual you two were doing. But, I just wanted to de-Passenger the great citizens of Mystic Falls using the magical Traveler knife. So, hand it over."
Matt: "It’s gonna be a problem..."
Damon: "Five words that make me wanna vamp-toss my keys into your chest cavity. Little Gilbert, help me in the fight against my dark side and elaborate, please."
Jeremy: "We can’t find it."
Damon: "As in, you lost it?"
Matt: "As in, it’s not here!"
Damon: "You're right. Don’t invite me in, because I will kill both of you."



Last.fm_play.png "Be What You Be" – Angus Stone
Last.fm_play.png "Breathless" – US Royalty
Last.fm_play.png "Locked In A Cage" – Brick & Mortar
Last.fm_play.png "Ninety Nine Pounds Of Dynamite" – Buddy Stuart
Last.fm_play.png "Poor Little Girl" – Buddy Stuart
Last.fm_play.png "Starlight" – Johnny Angel




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