What Are You? is the twelfth episode of the eighth season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and sixty-seventh episode of the series overall.


SAVING SOULS – 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.



Main Cast

Special Guest Star

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast




  • Antagonists: Cade, Sybil (flashback) and Seline (flashback).
  • The real story of the 100 witches being burned in 1790 is told, they sacrificed themselves to save the town.
  • In 1790 Sybil and Seline revealed to Ethan Maxwell how Cade could be killed.
  • It seems to appear that Ethan and Beatrice may have been in a relationship.
  • Damon gives Cade the Maxwell journal so he won't kill Stefan by midnight who then promptly burns it.
  • Stefan is now seen as a human in the present day after 164 years of being a vampire.
  • It's shown that the Cure prevents vampire blood from healing someone who has it in their blood. As shown when Caroline tries healing Stefan after he's seriously hurt. This means Damon's blood wouldn't have healed Elena from the injuries she suffered in Kai's wedding attack.
  • Stefan is abducted by an unknown person as he's walking to Bonnie's house to apologize for killing Enzo.
  • Kai's return surprises both Alaric and Damon, who tells them both he has a better idea than killing Cade.

Body Count

  • The Bennett Coven - Consumed by Hellfire; killed by Ethan Maxwell (flashback)
  • Olivia Hayden, Javier Ruiz, Kelly Parks, Robert Lansu, Tanya Handelman, Jeffrey Li and up to 23 unnamed people - Blood loss; killed by Stefan (within two last months; December 26, 2017 - February 14, 2018)



Behind the Scenes

Cultural References




Last.fm_play.png "Into The Fire" – Erin McCarley
Last.fm_play.png "What Have We Become" – The Sweeplings




See also

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