Before Sunset is the twenty-first episode of the third season of The Vampire Diaries and the sixty-fifth episode of the series overall.


A DAY WITHOUT A VAMPIRE — Klaus acts on his intentions to leave town with Elena, but finds resistance from a surprising new enemyBonnie calls Abby to help her with a difficult spell. As events spiral out of control, Elena is determined to protect CarolineDamon and Stefan enlist Klaus' help, while Bonnie and Jeremy take a terrifying risk to make sure her spell is effective. Damon and Stefan have a surprisingly candid conversation about the Future. 



Main Cast

Recurring Cast



  • Antagonists: Alaric Saltzman and Niklaus Mikaelson.
  • Candice Accola tweeted there will be "kettle corn" in this episode.
  • Abby met Damon for the first time since he turned her into a vampire in this episode.
  • Klaus is incapacitated for the first time in the series this episode after Bonnie (with help from Stefan, Tyler, and Damon) casts a desiccation spell on him using Dark Magic.
  • Jeremy and Klaus meet for the second time in this episode.
  • In keeping with the pact Damon and Stefan made in this episode, after Elena chose Stefan in The Departed, Damon does attempt to honor his word and leave Mystic Falls in the Season Four episode The Rager. However, he ultimately ends up deciding to stay in town in order to help Elena with her transition.


Body Count


Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 2.54 million viewers in the USA.
  • Julie Plec - "We've got basically everybody stepping into battle because the enemy, who I can't define for you at this moment because the April 19 episode tees it all up, is taking some pretty relentless and hardcore extremes against our heroes."

Cultural References

  • Before Sunset: the 2004 movie sequel to Before Sunrise, with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy. It is about a couple who spent one night together nine years prior spend one afternoon together. The movie plays in real time.
  • Klaus stake out in front of the Gilbert house reminds us of the Big Bad Wolf in the tale of the Three Little Pigs, when the wolf huffs and puffs, but cannot get into the pig's brick house.
  • When Klaus throws a stake into the kitchen, Damon stands up from behind the counter and shouts, "You missed me!" exactly like Antonio Banderas as "El Mariachi"
  • Very clumsy Product placement of a friend and family locator app.
  • Damon asks "How many desiccated hybrids does it take to screw in a lightbulb?" It's one of the lightbulb jokes which highlights a stereotype of the group mentioned.
  • "Once more with feeling" is the name of the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.


Alaric: (to Elena) "You don't even deserve to live."
Damon: (to Stefan and Klaus) "I'll take those odds."
Rebekah (to Klaus): "He's strong Nik! He's too strong! We need to leave! Now!"
Rebekah: (to Alaric) "You're supposed to be dead!"
Alaric: (to Rebekah) "I am."
Jeremy: (to Klaus) "What the hell do you want?"
Klaus: (to Damon and Stefan) "I'm leaving town. Just need to pick up a few road trip necessities: spare tire, flashlight, doppelgänger."
Damon: "Can't help you there."
Damon: (to Stefan) "We have a problem."



Last.fm_play.png "Reno" – The Gods Of Macho
Last.fm_play.png "Start To Run" – Middle Class Rut
Last.fm_play.png "Light" – Analogue Revolution

Last.fm_play.png "Act On Impulse" – We Were Promised Jetpacks
Last.fm_play.png "Ache" – James Carrington


See also

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