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Season seven of the THE VAMPIRE DIARIES found our heroes rebuilding their world without Elena. Confronted by the prospect of a decades-long wait for Elena’s return, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) struggled with his heartbreak and relied on his contentious but profound friendship with Bonnie (Kat Graham). Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice King) began their much-anticipated relationship, which was complicated by Caroline’s unexpected role as surrogate mother to the infant twins left behind when Alaric (Matt Davis) lost his wife. Meanwhile, Damon pursued a vendetta against his mother Lily (guest star Annie Wersching), who had abandoned her sons to care for a vicious brood of vampire-witches called the Heretics – one of whom, Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore), had loved Stefan ever since their romantic encounter in a previous century. Lily’s misguided choices ultimately caused her own tragic demise and put Mystic Falls in the sights of a formidable nemesis: Rayna Cruz (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff), a supernatural vampire hunter. Rayna targeted Stefan, forcing him to go on the run and leaving Caroline to make a new start with Alaric. Determined to defeat Rayna, Damon enlisted the help of the Armory, a shadowy group with family ties to Bonnie’s boyfriend Enzo (Michael Malarkey). But the Armory’s deeper agenda robbed Bonnie of her magic and jeopardized her life. To remedy the crisis, Damon and Enzo had to venture into the Armory’s occult vault, where an evil presence overcame them. The triangle of Stefan, Caroline and Alaric will team up with Bonnie in season eight to search for the two most important men in her life – even though Damon and Enzo may be long past saving. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. The series was developed by Kevin Williamson (“The Following,” “Scream”) & Julie Plec (“The Originals,” “Kyle XY,” “Wasteland”), who serve as executive producers along with Leslie Morgenstein (“Gossip Girl,” “Pretty Little Liars”) and Caroline Dries (“Melrose Place,” “Smallville”).
- Chapter I: The Siren Chapter (Ep. 801-807):
- This chapter begins with Damon and Enzo enslaved to the Siren Sybil, who reveals she harvests souls for Arcadius, the Devil, along with her sister Seline. Sybil destroys Damon's good qualities, which leads him to making a deal with Cade for him and Stefan to take to Sirens' place as his servants to stay out of hell for eternity. Stefan reluctantly agrees, turning into a ripper to corrupt innocent souls to damn to hell.
- Chapter II: The Bell Chapter (Ep. 808-812):
- This chapter continues with Sybil finally revealing her intentions to Caroline. She wanted to retrieve three parts of Mystic Falls Founders Bell, before her sister Seline could use them together to kill her. Later, it was revealed by Seline that the bell was far more powerful. Not only that it could kill the sirens, but it could also kill anyone for miles, by ripping open a hole in Cade's domain, and releasing the hellfire. The only catch was that only someone from Maxwell bloodline could ring it, as it was made by Ethan Maxwell. Later, Matt was compelled by Stefan, yet with a free choice, to ring the bell 12 times, if he can't forgive Damon for killing Vicki. He rings the bell 11 times before he is stopped, but that was enough for Cade to cross over to Earth. After revealing himself to Seline and Sybil, he kills them with hellfire. He also gives Damon an ultimatum, where he needs to kill Caroline or 100 evil strangers. Unknown to Damon he gave Stefan a similar task earlier that day, where he must kill 100 evil strangers or Elena. That resulted with death of Enzo and with Bonnie using the Cure, taken from Elena's blood, on Stefan in revenge and self-defense. Later in flashbacks, it was revealed that the bell was spelled by the Bennett Coven, as means of eradication of all vampires, but it was corrupted by the Sirens before its completion. This resulted in destruction of the most of the Bennett Coven, except for Bonnie's ancestor Beatrice, and near destruction of entire Mystic Falls.
- Chapter III: The Arcadius Chapter (Ep. 813-814):
- This chapter continues with Kai making an agreement with Damon and Alaric in which Damon and Alaric will get Kai out of hell, and he wil help them kill Cade with Bone Daggers. When Alaric confronts Kai about death of Jo and tries to kill him, Kai tells them that he is also willing to wake up Elena. In the meantime Stefan continues to deal with all consequences of him being human and Bonnie tries to find Enzo with the help of Cade. He tells her that she created her own dimension, like he did, and that Enzo is there. Later, Damon takes Kai to the Salvatore crypt where Elena's casket has been moved back to from upstate New York, so that he can wake up Elena. Instead Kai betrays Damon by siphoning the magic of his vampirism, leaving him dead and dessicated and taking both Elena's casket and the weapon that can kill Cade. Later, it was revealed that Cade spared Damon's soul, but only because he agreed to exchange the blade and Elena's casket with him. Instead, Stefan tries on his own to kill Cade, and that almost ends with his death and the death of Elena, Damon and Bonnie. Meanwhile, Kai tries to kill Josie and Lizzie, because they are the offsprings of the Gemini Coven. But luckily, they are saved in time by Alaric and Caroline, and then Kai is banished to the new Prison World. Sometime later Kai tells Bonnie, that all of them actually fell for his plan, as Katherine is returning for her revenge, and that she will stop at nothing to make sure that they all suffer for what they did to her.
- Chapter IV: The Final Chapter (Ep. 815-816):
- This chapter follows the aftermath of Cade's destruction. When Kelly crashed Stefan's and Caroline's wedding, before her death, she finally confessed that Katherine has returned once again. But all of that was just a distraction, which aimed to cover up Katherine's real plan. She wanted to destroy Mystic Falls using the Hellfire, which was eventually released by Vicki, when she rang the bell 12 times. After the disaster at the wedding, Bonnie regained her witch powers, but with terrible cost. Finally, she together with the rest of the Bennett witches combined their powers, and used them to draw the Hellfire through the tunnels all the way to Armory. Then they deflected it back to hell, as it was the only way to destroy it once and for all, but that came with one major death. Later she used her powers to wake Elena up, and she finally decided to live her life to the fullest and to travel the world. In the meantime, Alaric and Caroline opened new school for the gifted children, Elena and Damon married and after their deaths they found their peace with their loved ones.
- Main article: Antagonists in Season 8
- Nathalie Kelley as Sybil (11/16)
- Tierney Mumford as Lizzie Saltzman (11/16) (voice in 8x02)
- Lily Rose Mumford as Josie Saltzman (10/16)
- Kristen Gutoskie as Seline (9/16)
- Demetrius Bridges as Dorian Williams (9/16)
- Wolé Parks as Cade (8/16)
- Joel Gretsch as Peter Maxwell (8/16) (archive footage in 8x13)
- Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert (7/16) (body cameo in 8x14 & archive footage in 8x01, 8x02, 8x03, 8x07 & 8x09) / Katherine Pierce (1/16)
- Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood (6/16) (corpse in 8x04 & archive footage in 8x09)
- Allison Scagliotti as Georgie Dowling (4/16)
- Sammi Hanratty as Violet Fell (4/16) (archive footage in 8x12)
- Chris Wood as Kai Parker (3/16)
- Marguerite MacIntyre as Liz Forbes (3/16)
- Kayla Ewell as Vicki Donovan (3/16)
- Jasmine Guy as Sheila Bennett (2/16)
- Jaz Sinclair as Beatrice Bennett (2/16)
- Jason MacDonald as Grayson Gilbert (2/16) (archive footage in 8x03)
- Erin Beute as Miranda Gilbert (2/16) (archive footage in 8x03)
- Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy Gilbert (1/16)
- Sara Canning as Jenna Sommers (1/16)
- David Anders as John Gilbert (1/16)
- Jodi Lyn O'Keefe as Jo Laughlin (1/16)
- Arielle Kebbel as Lexi Branson (1/16)
- Natashia Williams as Lucy Bennett (1/16)
- Melinda Clarke as Kelly Donovan (1/16)
- Persia White as Abby Bennett Wilson (1/16)
- Evan Gamble as Henry Wattles (1/16)
- Tristin Mays as Sarah Nelson (1/16)
- Alexandra Chando as Tara (1/16)
- Aisha Duran as Virginia St. John (1/16)
- Dietrich Teschner as Buck (1/16)
- Katrina Norman as Cindy (1/16)
- Maria Howell as Ayana (1/16)
- Jen Harper as Witch of the Five (1/16)
- Bob Banks as Tiki's Grandad (1/16)
Episodes List: 2016-2017
|Hello, Brother||Writer: Julie Plec & Kevin Williamson||Director: Michael A. Allowitz||October 21, 2016||#8x01|
|Months after Damon and Enzo mysteriously vanished from the Armory vault, Stefan tirelessly pushes forward with their search, while Bonnie struggles holding onto hope that they will be found. Meanwhile, a dangerous encounter with an unexpected visitor leaves Caroline and Alaric fearing that someone – or something – may be targeting their family. Finally, after following some mysterious clues, Stefan realizes that whatever has a hold of his brother may have a more damaging grip over him than he could have ever imagined.
|Today Will Be Different||Writer: Melinda Hsu Taylor||Director: Pascal Verschooris||October 28, 2016||#8x02|
|After learning that someone from Stefan's past may be Damon and Enzo's next target, Stefan, Bonnie and Caroline head to North Carolina. There, Bonnie takes drastic measures in an attempt to break Enzo free of whatever has a hold over him. At the Armory, Alaric and Georgina stumble upon a mysterious symbol that may be related to the supernatural force controlling Damon and Enzo. Finally, Caroline gets an unexpected surprise from Stefan.
|You Decided That I Was Worth Saving||Writer: Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux||Director: Michael Karasick||November 4, 2016||#8x03|
|As Enzo continues to fight the control over him, Bonnie finds herself at the center of a deadly game and forced to make a heart wrenching decision involving two of the most important people in her life. At the Armory, Alaric researches a mysterious artifact that he hopes will help in their fight to get Damon and Enzo back. Finally, Damon's downward spiral leads him to Tyler who attempts to talk some sense into him before it's too late. Stefan and Caroline also appear.
|An Eternity of Misery||Writer: Neil Reynolds & Brett Matthews||Director: Rob Hardy||November 11, 2016||#8x04|
|Tasked with finding a mysterious artifact, Damon's latest mission takes him to Texas where a violent run-in with Peter Maxwell leads to a surprising revelation. Meanwhile, after gaining the upper hand in their fight to save Damon and Enzo, Stefan and Alaric team up and uncover the origins of the mysterious force they’re up against. Finally, Matt returns to the fray after his past and present collide in an unexpected way. Caroline also appears.
|Coming Home Was a Mistake||Writer: Celine Geiger||Director: James Thompson||November 18, 2016||#8x05|
|Spiraling down a dangerous path of self-destruction, Damon's latest actions prove he may be beyond the point of return. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Stefan is forced to make a gut-wrenching decision that threatens to change their relationship forever. Elsewhere, Bonnie gets advice from Caroline on how to break through to Enzo, while Matt attempts to decipher a mysterious box of messages that he's received. Finally, after tragedy strikes close to home, Stefan and the others are forced to remember what matters most to them. Alaric also appears.
|Detoured On Some Random Backwoods Path to Hell||Writer: Alan McElroy||Director: Paul Wesley||December 2, 2016||#8x06|
|When her children become the focus of the Siren’s latest plan, Caroline takes drastic measures to ensure nothing gets in the way of keeping her family safe. In a race against the clock, Stefan pledges to do everything he can to save the twins, while tensions between Alaric and Caroline boil over, leading them to face some harsh realities about the future of their family. Meanwhile, when Enzo finds himself unable to fight off Sybil’s latest move, Stefan dives into his subconscious and along the way, sets off a chain of events that leaves him faced with a life-changing decision. Bonnie and Matt also appear.
|The Next Time I Hurt Somebody, It Could Be You||Writer: Shukree Hassan Tilghman||Director: Tanya Hamilton||December 9, 2016||#8x07|
|Faced with the fallout from his interaction with Cade, Stefan is determined to have one thing go right – Christmas Eve with Caroline. However, when Damon and Sybil crash their Christmas Eve dinner, which had been joined by Alaric, Matt and Peter, things quickly take a dark and twisted turn. Meanwhile, in a series of flashbacks to Stefan's past, Cade's tempt to entice him with his mysterious agenda leaves Stefan faced with an unimaginable decision. Bonnie and Enzo also appear.
|We Have History Together||Writer: Matthew D'Ambrosio||Director: Ian Somerhalder||January 13, 2017||#8x08|
|Stefan and Damon attend an anger management support group looking for their next victim. Sybil is still alive and teaching a group of high school students who she’ll later use as leverage to get Caroline to locate a historical artifact that can be used against her. Meanwhile, Stefan and Damon continue their commitment to Cade as they test the morals of a young doctor, Tara. Matt also appears.
|The Simple Intimacy of the Near Touch||Writer: Neil Reynolds & Penny Cox||Director: Geoff Shotz||January 20, 2017||#8x09|
|Stefan and Damon return to Mystic Falls at Sybil’s request as she is still in search of the historical artifact. Bonnie returns from Paris wearing a vile of Enzo’s blood making Caroline, wonder if she will become a vampire. Stefan, Damon, Caroline, Bonnie and Enzo all attend the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant where Sybil continues to taunt Damon with memories of Elena.
|Nostalgia's a Bitch||Writer: Brett Matthews||Director: Kellie Cyrus||January 27, 2017||#8x10|
|Sybil enacts revenge on Damon by putting him in a catatonic state. Caroline and Bonnie enter Damon's mind and run into familiar faces from the past, only to discover Stefan is the key to Damon's fate. It's a race against time for the bell as both Sybil and her sister Seline jockey for its control. Matt also appears.
|You Made a Choice to Be Good||Writer: Celine Geiger & Melinda Hsu Taylor||Director: Carol Banker||February 3, 2017||#8x11|
|Cade returns to Mystic Falls and presents Damon and Stefan with additional assignments, each with unthinkable consequences. Even with tension growing in their friendship, Caroline and Matt do their best to protect the town’s residents from Cade’s appetite for their souls. Bonnie and Enzo hit the road on a romantic trip, taking the bell with them in hopes to keep it safe.
|What Are You?||Writer: Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux||Director: Darren Genet||February 10, 2017||#8x12|
|In order to save Stefan's soul, Damon makes a deal with Cade to retrieve the Maxwell journal. Alaric and Matt refuse to hand the journal over as it may contain the key to destroying Cade. Caroline desperately tries to connect with Stefan before Cade goes through with his plan.
|The Lies Will Catch Up To You||Writer: Neil Reynolds||Director: Tony Solomons||February 17, 2017||#8x13|
|Damon and Alaric come face to face with an old enemy after they obtain a weapon that may be able to destroy Cade. Stefan is held captive by a surprising acquaintance and is forced to confront a dark secret from his past. Meanwhile, Caroline and Matt try to keep Stefan's violent history from destroying him. Cade focuses his attention on Bonnie and digs deep into her mind.
|It's Been a Hell of a Ride||Writer: Brett Matthews & Shukree Hassan Tilghman||Director: Pascal Verschooris||February 24, 2017||#8x14|
|Damon 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.
|We're Planning a June Wedding||Writer: Jen Vestuto & Melissa Marlette (story)
Melinda Hsu Taylor (teleplay)
|Director: Chris Grismer||March 3, 2017||#8x15|
|A wedding is quickly planned in order for Damon and Stefan to lure a dangerous enemy out into the open. This looming threat puts the fate of Mystic Falls in eminent danger and must be destroyed.
|I Was Feeling Epic||Writer: Julie Plec & Kevin Williamson||Director: Julie Plec||March 10, 2017||#8x16|
|With the fate of Mystic Falls at stake, Stefan and Damon must fight their greatest enemy for one last battle.
|The Vampire Diaries: Forever Yours||Writer:||Director:||March 10, 207||#/|
|After eight amazing seasons, The Vampire Diaries is coming to a dramatic and epic end. This one-hour retrospective features interviews with past and present cast members and guest stars, a conversation with the executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, behind-the-scenes footage from the final season and special moments from the past eight years.
- Every Season 8 episode title is a line of dialogue from the first season.
- As of this season, The Vampire Diaries officially became the longest running vampire show beating Buffy the Vampire Slayer (144 episodes) and True Blood (80 episodes) which both ended after 7 seasons.
- This is the first (and only) season in which Candice King (Caroline Forbes) appears in every episode.
- Season 8 is the first season to have Damon start out as the starting antagonist of a season since the series start in Season 1 with the Pilot.
- This is the first season of The Vampire Diaries to have its premiere on a Friday night, October 21 after the previous 7 being on Thursdays.
- The season 8 premiere was the first not to be during the first week of October since Season 3 which was the first not have a September season premiere.
- This season has least number of main cast members along with Season Seven, with 7 main cast members. Alaric and Matt are the last ordinary humans on the show in main cast with Bonnie being a witch (formerly a supernatural huntress), while the rest of the main cast are all vampires with Stefan, Damon, Caroline and Enzo.
- At least 10 former cast members returned.
- These are Tristin Mays (Sarah Nelson), Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood), Marguerite MacIntyre (Sheriff Liz Forbes), Kayla Ewell (Vicki Donovan), Evan Gamble (Henry Wattles), Jasmine Guy (Sheila "Grams" Bennett), Chris Wood (Kai Parker), Persia White (Abby Bennett Wilson), Melinda Clarke (Kelly Donovan), Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy Gilbert), Sara Canning (Jenna Sommers), David Anders (John Gilbert), Jodi Lyn O'Keefe (Jo Laughlin), Arielle Kebbel (Lexi Branson), Natashia Williams (Lucy Bennett), and Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce).
- With only 16 episodes, this is the shortest season of the show.
- According to Julie Plec The Vampire Diaries’ end date depends on Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder.
Julie Plec: "I finally realized that my destiny on this show, creatively, is tied in to Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. And I mean that in a really good way. As long as those boys who I now consider my friends want to keep telling the story, then I won't walk away from telling the story." 
- Kat Graham will leave the show after this season. 
- Ian Somerhalder on his twitter account renounced his announcement that the eighth season will be the last of The Vampire Diaries, but is likely to be his last season. 
- After a flurry of announcements (and some retractions) by cast members in the past couple of months that the upcoming eighth season will be the series’ last, the CW president Mark Pedowitz said that “no determination” has been made yet. “In my dreams it isn’t, but we will see how the audience will react,” he said. Also not set yet is the size of the show’s eighth season. That will be done in the next few weeks. 
- At Comic-Con the eighth season was confirmed as final. 
It starts in the Fall of 2017, roughly 2 or 3 months after the events of the seventh season finale and goes on until March 7, 2018. (circa 6 months). It also shows the events that occurs far into the future (probably around 60 years or so).