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The Vampire Diaries
Season 5, Episode 14
Air date February 27, 2014
Written by Brian Young
Directed by Michael A. Allowitz
Episode Guide Transcript
Total Eclipse of the Heart
Gone Girl

No Exit is the fourteenth episode of the fifth season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and third episode of the series.


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The Vampire Diaries 5x14 Extended Promo - No Exit HD


GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS — As Damon’s behavior escalates from destructive to deadly, Stefan begins to regret their last conversation and decides to track Damon down and intervene. For reasons of her own, Katherine volunteers to come along. Dr. Wes enlists the Travelers to set a trap that will once again test Damon’s friendship with Enzo. After a heart-to-heart talk with Nadia, Matt enlists Caroline and Tyler’s help to protect Elena, leading to a violent confrontation. Later, when Stefan tries to comfort a dejected Caroline, their conversation leads to a horrifying realization.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast


  • Ryan Kessler as Farmer John
  • Alyssa Lewis as Traveler #1
  • Cedric Hatcher as Traveler #2


  • Ikia Walker as Pedestrian


  • Antagonists: Nadia, Katherine, Damon and Wes.
  • Damon becomes an Augustine Vampire, as he was injected with Wes Maxfield's serum that conditions a vampire to crave the blood of their own kind, which has caused him to have an uncontrollable urge to feed on vampires.
    • Damon is eventually cured of the so-called "Ripper serum" in While You Were Sleeping, thanks to the antidote provided to him by the Travelers.
  • Katherine (as Elena) is nearly successful in seducing Stefan in their motel room after they kiss but is interrupted by a call from the mechanic about Stefan's car which he goes to get.
  • Stefan and Caroline figure out that Katherine has been possessing Elena's body since Katherine's "death."
  • Damon believes that "Elena" wants him dead after Katherine tried to use Damon's new status as an Augustine Vampire to manipulate Stefan into killing him to save "Elena."
  • Wes and the Travelers are shown to still be working together.
  • Enzo left with Wes, who offered to free him from the house he was trapped in with Damon if he did Wes one last favor.
    • In While You Were Sleeping, it was revealed that Enzo allowed Wes to experiment on him one last time in order to create an antidote for the Ripper serum.
  • This episode takes places two days after the events of Total Eclipse of the Heart, which is roughly four days after Katherine supposedly "died" and three days after she was given permanent control of Elena's body by the Traveler Mia in in The Devil Inside.
  • According to Gone Girl, there was a time jump of several weeks between Total Eclipse of the Heart and this episode.
  • Nadia's confrontation with Tyler and Caroline regarding her compulsion of Matt ultimately results in her getting bitten by Tyler, which she reveals to Katherine at the end of the episode.

Body Count

  • Farmer John - decapitation; killed by Damon.


  • This is the second and final episode in which Nina Dobrev portrays only Katherine.
  • Jeremy and Bonnie did not appear in this episode.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode was dedicated in loving memory of Sarah Jones (1986-2014)
  • This episode had about 2.03 million viewers in USA, which was 0.13 million less than the previous episode.

Cultural References

  • No Exit is a 1944 existentialist French play by Jean-Paul Sartre.
  • No Exit is a 2008 movie by Britt Pitre.
  • No Exit is a 1972 TV series.
  • No Exit is the title of the 6th episode of the 2nd season of the show Supernatural.
  • No Exit is the title of the 18th episode of the 1st Season of the show Reign (which airs at 9PM after TVD).


Stefan: "Damon's feeding on vampires. I have to find him."
Katherine: "I can come with you." 
Wes: "Now that you're trapped, how long can you go before you feed on your best friend?"
Katherine: "I saw an opportunity to be alone with Stefan."
Damon: "I'm not going to feed on you."
Katherine: "We'll be there as soon as we can."
Enzo: "Tick tock."
Damon: "They won't come."
Katherine: "I saw a hotel, do you think we should get a room?"

Caroline: "Thank you, it's good coffee. Although, I usually take mine with a little more awkward silence."
Tyler: "Nice try, but you don't take anything with silence." 
Caroline: "So, Matt, he's missing?
Tyler: "I don't know if he's missing. He just hasn't been home in two days, and he's not answering his phone." (Matt walks in the door)
Caroline: "Matt."
Matt: "Caroline, what are you doing here?"
Tyler: "Kinda wondering the same thing. Where the hell have you been?" (Nadia walks in after Matt)
Nadia: "Did I give you my sun glasses? (She notices Caroline and Tyler) Oh...Hello. I thought you said they wouldn't be home."

Stefan: "Roman Empire"
Katherine: "476 AD, sacked by the Goths." 
Stefan: "Han Dynasty?"
Katherine: "220 AD."
Stefan: "Holy Roman Empire?"
Katherine: "Not really an empire, but 1648.
Stefan: "There goes your perfect score."
Katherine: "What? No, that was right."
Stefan: "No, no, no. The book says, uh, 1806."
Katherine: "Okay, well, 1806 may technically be right, but it was the Peace of Westphalia that truly ended the empire, and that was in 1648. Trust me. (Stefan looks at her suspiciously) ...I may have done a paper on the Holy Roman Empire in high school"
Stefan: "Well, if you want to pass the test, I suggest you write down exactly what's in the textbook."
(Doorbell rings)
Stefan: "Oh, Caroline's here. I asked the Sheriff to help me track down Damon."

Caroline: "All the victims were found inside their homes without their head."
Stefan: "Damon's feeding on vampires."
Wes: "How long can you go before you feed on your best friend?"
Damon: "There's no cure for this, Enzo. Not for this."
Katherine: "If I can get Damon to attack me, the only way to save me would be for Stefan to kill him."
Caroline: "Oh my god."



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