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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”).
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- Demetrius Bridges as Dorian (1/16)
- Lily Rose Mumford as Josie Saltzman (1/16)
- Tierney Mumford as Lizzie Saltzman (1/16)
- Aisha Duran as Virginia St. John (1/16)
- Dietrich Teschner as Buck (1/16)
- Katrina Norman as Cindy (1/16)
- Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert (1/16) (archive footage in 8x01)
- Tristin Mays as Sarah Nelson (0/16)
- Marguerite MacIntyre as Liz Forbes (0/16)
- Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood (0/16)
- TBA as Arcadius (0/16)
- TBA as Lou (0/16)
- TBA as Francine (0/16) 
- TBA as Lawrence (0/16) 
- TBA as Tammy (0/16) 
- TBA as Tara (0/16) 
- TBA as Violet (0/16) 
- TBA as Sheriff Jenkins (0/16)
- TBA as Trudy (0/16)
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 Georgie 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.
|[]||Writer:||Director: Paul Wesley||2016||#8x06|
|[]||Writer: Matthew D'Ambrosio||Director:||TBA||#8x08|
|The Simple Intimacy of the Near Touch||Writer:||Director:||TBA||#8x09|
|[]||Writer:||Director: Kellie Cyrus||TBA||#8x10|
|[]||Writer: Julie Plec & Kevin Williamson||Director: Julie Plec||2017||#8x16|
- The series was officially renewed on March 11, 2016 along with The Originals, Arrow, Supernatural, Reign, The 100, The Flash, Jane The Virgin.
- Julie Plec on her Twitter account announced on Friday May 20, 2016 that she starts work on Monday May 23, 2016 for TVD Season 8 and TO Season 4. 
- Candice King on her Instagram account announced on Monday June 27, 2016 that they start filming the eighth season of The Vampire Diaries on July 18, 2016. 
- Michael A. Allowitz is the director of the first episode of the eighth season. On his Twitter account he has announced on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 scouting locations for the filming the first episode. 
- Michael Malarkey on his Twitter account announced on Wednesday July 20, 2016 filming the first episode of the eighth season. 
- Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec wrote the first episode.
- Neil Reynolds and Brett Matthews are the writers and Rob Hardy is the director of the fourth episode of the eighth season. 
- Neil Reynolds on his Twitter account announced on Sunday August 21, 2016 start shooting the fourth episode of the eighth season on Monday August 22, 2016. 
- Paul Wesley is the director of the sixth episode of the season.
- Matthew D'Ambrosio is the writer of the eighth episode of the eighth season. 
- Andi Behring on her Instagram account announced on Thursday October 6, 2016 the end of shooting the eighth episode of the eighth season. 
- Julie Plec on her Twitter account announced on Monday October 10, 2016 filming the ninth episode of the eighth season. 
- Ian Somerhalder is the director of the eighth or the ninth episode of the season.
- Kellie Cyrus will direct the tenth episode of the season.
- Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson will also write the final episode of the season and thus the series overall, which will be directed by Julie Plec.
- Every Season 8 episode title will be a line of dialogue from the first season.
- As of this season, The Vampire Diaries officially becomes the longest running vampire show beating Buffy the Vampire Slayer (144 episodes) and True Blood (80 episodes) which both ended after 7 seasons.
- 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. 
- Finally, at Comic-Con the eighth season was confirmed as final. 
- Season 8 will be the first time to have Damon start out as the starting antagonist of a season since the series start in Season 1 with the Pilot.
- This will be 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 will be the first not to be during the first week of October since Season 3 which was the first not have a September season premiere. The late October premiere could be a way of TVD not to be to far head in episode count before the January 2017 Season 4 premiere of The Originals.
- This season will have 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.
- This will be the second season not to feature Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert but she could possibly return in flashbacks before appearing in present day scenes leading into the Season 8 series finale in 2017 when Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham will leave at the end of the season. If Nina is available in March or April 2017 to shoot scenes as Elena. If the series hadn't been renewed for this season Nina Dobrev wouldn't have been able to film anything because she was shooting XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage playing Backy Clearidge in Toronto.
- The CW is breaking up The Vampire Diaries and spin-off The Originals. TVD is going to be staying on Friday nights, where it shifted earlier, while The Originals has been pushed to midseason. 
- Nina Dobrev has said in an interview before Season Seven that she's willing to come back for the series finale to conclude her story on a happy note. Though it's possible they could get her to return earlier as Elena for flashbacks or going inside her head but after some time has passed. It was confirmed that Nina Dobrev will return, before the season finale and for more than one episode, but we don't know how many yet.
- 10 former cast members will be returning.
- The Armory's Monster, the creature that corrupted Damon and Enzo, is the Big Bad of this season according to the previews and show runners.
- There are plans for Nina Dobrev, Steven R. McQueen and Michael Trevino to make a return.
- Julie on Nina's return: I feel very good about it! She and I have spoken and I know that she 100 percent wants to be there and I, of course, 100 percent want her to be there, and so it just comes down to stupid things like scheduling. Honestly, let's put it this way: I would be devastated if it weren't to work out, so I have a feeling the cards will be in all our favor.