You Made a Choice to Be Good is the eleventh episode of the eighth season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and sixty-sixth episode of the series overall.


WHEN EVIL RETURNSCade 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.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast




  • Antagonists: Cade and Stefan.
  • Cade offered Damon a deal to either kill 100 evil souls or the love of Stefan's life, Caroline, in their place.
    • Cade offers the same deal to Stefan and he chose to kill Elena.
  • At Mystic Falls High School a time capsule from 1790 is unearthed by the town's historical society.
  • Caroline unearths at the school a time capsule that she, Bonnie and Elena had buried at the high when they were 11 years old. It included a few pictures of them together and letters to themselves: Caroline about the man she would marry and a bucket list for Bonnie.
  • This is the first episode since Nina Dobrev left the series that pictures of her character Elena Gilbert had been seen in the series.
  • Bonnie had moved Elena's casket from the Brooklyn warehouse to the house she bought with the money her father had left her. This was after the events seen in Gods and Monsters when Enzo and Damon disappeared from The Armory in the end of Season Seven.
  • Caroline and Damon come up with the risky plan of extracting the Cure from Elena to use on Cade so he can be killed.
    • However, neither of them knows if the cure will even work on Cade.
  • Stefan is injected with the Cure by Bonnie and becomes human after he kills Enzo.
  • Stefan becomes the third immortal doppelgänger of Silas and Amara's to be made human again by the cure after Katherine and Elena but the fifth immortal to do so after Silas and Amara themselves.

Body Count

  • 2 Unknown Men - Gastrointestinal bleeding; killed by Cade
  • Unknown Woman in Mystic Grill - Drained of blood; killed by Damon
  • Enzo St. John - Heart extraction; killed by Stefan



Behind the Scenes

Cultural References




Last.fm_play.png "In The Pits" – Muuy Biien
Last.fm_play.png "Waste A Moment" – Kings of Leon
Last.fm_play.png "Highway Drivin'" – MRCH
Last.fm_play.png "Sleepy Tiger" – Cynnamon
Last.fm_play.png "Hard To Believe" – The Rebel Light
Last.fm_play.png "Restart" – BNQT
Last.fm_play.png "How Can I Make You Remember Me" – Hammock




See also

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