The slogan "Previously on The Vampire Diaries" is heard at the beginning of all Vampire Diaries episodes throughout seasons one to six. These words are followed by a series of short clips that recap the scenes that are important for the current episode. All of this lasts for approximately one minute.
The purpose of these clips is to both remind viewers about current and past storylines, as well as aid comprehension for those who may not have seen the last few episodes of the show. In some cases, speech and actions are edited.
In Season Four, this intro was replaced by a new, different one where the main actors make a quick narration, followed by short clips of previous episodes.
The Voice Edit
In every episode the voice on the "Previously..." is different. That's because different actors from the main cast are saying it. Normally the actor who does the voice-over for an episode is the character who is given the main focus of the episode, or is mostly centered on them.
Usually the actor that portrays a character that dies in the episode, does the voice-over.
- Kayla Ewell (Vicki Donovan) in Haunted;
- Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) in Founder's Day when he nearly died and when he nearly died again in As I Lay Dying;
- Katerina Graham (Bonnie Bennett) in The Last Dance when it seemed like she died and again in The Walking Dead when she died;
- Sara Canning (Jenna Sommers) in The Sun Also Rises;
- Joseph Morgan (Niklaus Mikaelson) in Homecoming when he was supposed to be killed by Damon;
- Candice Accola (Caroline Forbes) in Our Town when she was bitten by Tyler;
- Matthew Davis (Alaric Saltzman) in Do Not Go Gentle when he was killed as a human and brought back to life by Esther;
- Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert) in The Departed when she was killed as a human.
- Nina Dobrev (Katherine Pierce) in Gone Girl when she was killed by Stefan.
Daniel Gillies (Elijah Mikaelson) is the only actor to have done a voice over without being a main character or having become one, at least on The Vampire Diaries since Elijah is now a main character on The Originals.List of cast that voice-overed
|Steven R. McQueen||3|
In season one, Nina Dobrev voice-overed 8 times, Ian Somerhalder 5 times, Paul Wesley 4 times and Katerina Graham, Kayla Ewell, Steven R. McQueen and Matt Davis 1 time each. Candice Accola, Michael Trevino, Sara Canning and Zach Roerig are the only ones who didn't do any voice-over all season.
Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev both did voice-overs in the Pilot, but they didn't say "Previously on The Vampire Diaries," which is because it's the very first episode, so there was nothing going on previously.
|1.02-The Night of the Comet||Nina Dobrev|
|1.03-Friday Night Bites||Nina Dobrev|
|1.04-Family Ties||Nina Dobrev|
|1.05-You're Undead to Me||Nina Dobrev|
|1.06-Lost Girls||Ian Somerhalder|
|1.08-162 Candles||Ian Somerhalder|
|1.09-History Repeating||Katerina Graham|
|1.10-The Turning Point||Nina Dobrev|
|1.13-Children of the Damned||Ian Somerhalder|
|1.14-Fool Me Once||Paul Wesley|
|1.15-A Few Good Men||Nina Dobrev|
|1.16-There Goes the Neighborhood||Steven R. McQueen|
|1.17-Let The Right One In||Ian Somerhalder|
|1.18-Under Control||Paul Wesley|
|1.19-Miss Mystic Falls||Paul Wesley|
|1.20-Blood Brothers||Paul Wesley|
|1.22-Founder's Day||Ian Somerhalder|
In season two, Nina Dobrev voice-overed 5 times, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Candice Accola and Michael Trevino 3 times each, Katerina Graham twice and Steven R. McQueen, Matt Davis and Sara Canning 1 time each. Zach Roerig is the only one who didn't do any voice-over all season.
|2.01–The Return||Ian Somerhalder|
|2.02–Brave New World||Candice Accola|
|2.03-Bad Moon Rising||Paul Wesley|
|2.04–Memory Lane||Nina Dobrev|
|2.05–Kill or Be Killed||Michael Trevino|
|2.06–Plan B||Steven R. McQueen|
|2.07– Masquerade||Nina Dobrev|
|2.09– Katerina||Nina Dobrev|
|2.10- The Sacrifice||Katerina Graham|
|2.11- By the Light of the Moon||Michael Trevino|
|2.12- The Descent||Ian Somerhalder|
|2.13- Daddy Issues||Candice Accola|
|2.14- Crying Wolf||Michael Trevino|
|2.15- The Dinner Party||Paul Wesley|
|2.16- The House Guest||Candice Accola|
|2.17- Know Thy Enemy||Nina Dobrev|
|2.18- The Last Dance||Katerina Graham|
|2.19- Klaus||Matt Davis|
|2.20- The Last Day||Nina Dobrev|
|2.21- The Sun Also Rises||Sara Canning|
|2.22- As I Lay Dying||Ian Somerhalder|
In season three Paul Wesley and Joseph Morgan voice-overed four times, Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Katerina Graham each voice-overed three times, and Zach Roerig, Steven R. McQueen, Candice Accola, Daniel Gillies and Matt Davis each voice-overed once. Michael Trevino did not voice-over any episodes this season.
|3.01-The Birthday||Paul Wesley|
|3.02-The Hybrid||Nina Dobrev|
|3.03-The End of The Affair||Joseph Morgan|
|3.04-Disturbing Behavior||Paul Wesley|
|3.05-The Reckoning||Zach Roerig|
|3.06-Smells Like Teen Spirit||Ian Somerhalder|
|3.07-Ghost World||Katerina Graham|
|3.08-Ordinary People||Ian Somerhalder|
|3.10-The New Deal||Steven R. McQueen|
|3.11-Our Town||Candice Accola|
|3.12-The Ties That Bind||Katerina Graham|
|3.13-Bringing Out The Dead||Joseph Morgan|
|3.14-Dangerous Liaisons||Ian Somerhalder|
|3.15-All My Children||Daniel Gillies|
|3.17-Break On Through||Katerina Graham|
|3.18-The Murder of One||Paul Wesley|
|3.19-Heart of Darkness||Nina Dobrev|
|3.20-Do Not Go Gentle||Matt Davis|
|3.21-Before Sunset||Joseph Morgan|
|3.22-The Departed||Nina Dobrev|
First fifteen episodes had a special opening. As of "Bring It On" the traditional voiceovers are back. Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley voiced-over twice while Joseph Morgan and Katerina Graham each voiced-over once.
|4.16-Bring It On||Ian Somerhalder|
|4.17-Because the Night||Ian Somerhalder|
|4.18-American Gothic||Nina Dobrev|
|4.19-Pictures of You||Paul Wesley|
|4.20-The Originals (Episode)||Joseph Morgan|
|4.21-She's Come Undone||Nina Dobrev|
|4.22-The Walking Dead||Kat Graham|
In season five, Paul Wesley voice-overed 18 times, while Ian Somerhalder voice-overed 3 times, and Nina Dobrev only once. Steven R. McQueen, Kat Graham, Candice Accola, Zach Roerig, and Michael Trevino are the only main cast members not to voice-over this season.
|5.01-I Know What You Did Last Summer||Paul Wesley|
|5.02-True Lies||Paul Wesley|
|5.03-Original Sin||Paul Wesley|
|5.04-For Whom the Bell Tolls||Paul Wesley|
|5.05-Monster's Ball||Paul Wesley|
|5.06-Handle with Care||Paul Wesley|
|5.07-Death and the Maiden||Paul Wesley|
|5.08-Dead Man on Campus||Paul Wesley|
|5.09-The Cell||Paul Wesley|
|5.10-Fifty Shades of Grayson||Paul Wesley|
|5.11-500 Years of Solitude||Paul Wesley|
|5.12-The Devil Inside||Paul Wesley|
|5.13-Total Eclipse of the Heart||Ian Somerhalder|
|5.14-No Exit||Paul Wesley|
|5.15-Gone Girl||Nina Dobrev|
|5.16-While You Were Sleeping||Paul Wesley|
|5.17-Rescue Me||Paul Wesley|
|5.18-Resident Evil||Ian Somerhalder|
|5.19-Man on Fire||Paul Wesley|
|5.20-What Lies Beneath||Paul Wesley|
|5.21-Promised Land||Paul Wesley|
In season six, Ian Somerhalder has done 14 voice-overs, while Candice Accola has done 8.
|6.01-I'll Remember||Ian Somerhalder|
|6.02-Yellow Ledbetter||Ian Somerhalder|
|6.03-Welcome to Paradise||Ian Somerhalder|
|6.04-Black Hole Sun||Ian Somerhalder|
|6.05-The World Has Turned and Left Me Here||Ian Somerhalder|
|6.06-The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get||Ian Somerhalder|
|6.07-Do You Remember the First Time?||Ian Somerhalder|
|6.08-Fade Into You||Ian Somerhalder|
|6.09-I Alone||Ian Somerhalder|
|6.10-Christmas Through Your Eyes||Ian Somerhalder|
|6.11-Woke Up With a Monster||Ian Somerhalder|
|6.12-Prayer For the Dying||Ian Somerhalder|
|6.13-The Day I Tried To Live||Ian Somerhalder|
|6.15-Let Her Go||Candice Accola|
|6.16-The Downward Spiral||Candice Accola|
|6.17-A Bird in a Gilded Cage||Candice Accola|
|6.18-I Could Never Love Like That||Candice Accola|
|6.20-I'd Leave My Happy Home For You||Candice Accola|
|6.21-I'll Wed You In The Golden||Candice Accola|
|6.22-I'm Thinking Of You All The While||Candice Accola|
During the first fifteen episodes of season four a new intro called "Cold Open" replaced the old one. Elena (Nina Dobrev), Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Stefan (Paul Wesley), Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), Bonnie (Katerina Graham), Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Caroline (Candice Accola) all lend their voices to make a small narration. A variation of this is used in each episode to catch viewers up on major plot points that have happened thus far.
- Matt Davis and Daniel Gillies are the only two to do a voice over whilst not a main character (Bloodlines, Do Not Go Gentle and All My Children). Matt Davis is also one of the two regulars to voice two different characters in voice overs: Alaric in Bloodlines; Klaus and Alaric in Klaus.
- Nina Dobrev and Matt Davis are the only two regulars to voice two different characters: Katherine and Elena for Nina; and Alaric and Klaus for Matt.