An Eternity of Misery is the fourth episode of the eighth season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and fifty-ninth episode of the series overall.


A SUPERNATURAL ORIGIN STORY — 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.



Main Cast

Special Guest Star

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast



  • Antagonists: Damon Salvatore and Seline.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of Peter Maxwell and Arcadius.
    • Peter Maxwell is revealed to be Matt's father.
    • According to Sybil, Arcadius (Cade) is the creator of Hell, which explains where the souls of Katherine Pierce and others have been sent to in Season Five.
  • Sybil reveals to Stefan that Seline is actually her siren sister; however, Stefan forgets that fact due to Sybil's mind control.
  • Damon took possession of the Maxwell family heirloom.
  • Matt tells his father, Peter, the truth about vampires and the supernatural in Mystic Falls.
    • Peter tells Matt that his great grandmother used to say something about vervain when she made tea, though didn't understand its use.
  • Sybil told Stefan that Damon believes in Hell.
  • Alaric discovers that there is a secret passage within the Armory's vault that leads to Mystic Falls through a system of underground tunnels.
  • Tyler Lockwood's death ends the Lockwood family. They are the first Founding Family to have all of their members killed off.

Body Count



Behind the Scenes

Cultural References


Sybil: "There are two of us? My sister. Me in here. And her out there."
Stefan Salvatore: "All I care about is how to save my brother."
Sybil: "Damon's fate is already sealed. Damon believes in Hell. You're just as doomed as he is."

Damon Salvatore: "Hey! Hey! Earth to Planet Redneck. Are you Peter Maxwell?"
Lou: "No, Pete owns the place. I'm just the hired help. Name's Lou. What can I do for you?"
Damon Salvatore: "I really need to talk to Pete."
Lou: "Well, have it your way. He should be back in a bit. Hey, what exactly brings you out here?"
Damon Salvatore: "You know, it's hard to say. To be honest, I'm not even the one that cares about finding your boss. There is a woman... and I use that term loosely... Named Sybil, who wants to. So, inexplicably, here I am."
Lou: "Sounds like that gal's screwing with your head."
Damon Salvatore: "Oh, you have no idea. I've been married five times."
Lou: "You'd be surprised."
Damon Salvatore: "Oh, I take that back. You do get me, Lou."

Stefan Salvatore: "Damon, please. After all these years, can't we just give it a rest?"
Damon Salvatore: "I promised you an eternity of misery, so I'm just keeping my word."
Tyler Lockwood: "You kill me, you can say good-bye to everything. No one forgives you for this."
Stefan Salvatore: "Why are you doing this to him?"
Sybil: "It's all Damon, Damon, Damon. Aren't you even a little curious about who I am?"
Village Girl: "I asked for a happy story."
Island Girl: "But it is. Cade had his revenge. And someday, so will we."



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