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Katherine Pierce 1864

Flashbacks are interjected scenes that take the narrative back in time from the current point in the story. Flashbacks are often used to recount events that happened before the story's primary sequence of events to fill in either crucial backstory for one or more characters, the history of an ongoing present-day story line, or both.

Throughout The Vampire Diaries, there have been flashbacks to many different points in history, including many set in 1864, 1912, the 1920s, 1942, 1953–58, 1977, 1994. There are also flashbacks to even earlier time periods, such as 1st century BC in Ancient Greece, the early 11th century New World, 12th century Italy, and 15th century Bulgaria.

The Originals, as a show focusing on the immortal Mikaelson family, also has a wealth of flashbacks to earlier points in history, such as the Kingdom of Norway in 972, France in 1002, and New Orleans, Louisiana from the early 1700s to 1919.

Throughout Legacies, the history of Malivore is revealed through flashbacks, as well as the history of the several supernatural creatures consumed by Malivore.


The Vampire Diaries Series

Main article: Timeline

Throughout Season One and Two, there are many flashbacks to 1864, which serve to show Stefan and Damon Salvatore's early history as young gentlemen of society in the South during the Civil War, including how they met Katherine Pierce and began the romantic relationships with her that led both men to eventually be turned into vampires. In Katerina, there were flashbacks to Bulgaria in 1490, revealing that Katherine had an illegitimate child out of wedlock when she was seventeen. The child was taken away directly after birth and adopted by a Traveler family, and Katherine was exiled to England, where she first met the noblemen Niklaus and Elijah Mikaelson in 1492.

Season Three involved flashbacks to over 1,000 years ago, circa 1001 AD, when the Viking warrior Mikael and his children Finn, Elijah, Niklaus, Kol, and Rebekah were turned into the Original Vampires. These flashbacks severed to demonstrate how the Mikaelson family lived as humans and what led their matriarch, the powerful witch Esther, to turn them into vampires using an adapted version of Qetsiyah's immortality spell.

In Season Four, two different years were visited in flashbacks. First was a flashback to 1943, which involved Stefan, then an Army soldier set to deploy to Egypt to fight in World War II, reuniting with his brother Damon for the first time since 1912. It also revealed that Damon's girlfriend Charlotte, whom he had sired that year, had developed a sire bond with him. The second era visited was 1977, when Damon was living without his humanity in New York while Lexi Branson, who was sent to him by Stefan, tried to help him get his life back on track.

In Season Five, the flashbacks explored Damon's time as an unwilling test subject for the Augustine Society from 1953 to 1958. During this time, he was tortured daily in the name of science, along with a fellow captive named Lorenzo, with whom Damon became very close. It also revealed that Damon's escape from the society (and the fact that he had to leave Enzo behind) was what caused him to turn off his humanity until 2009/2010. There were also several small flashbacks to Nadia Petrova's search for her mother Katherine throughout her nearly 500 years of life.

Season Six's flashbacks detailed two separate events that happened between May 9 and May 10, 1994; a massacre caused by Damon Salvatore at a solar eclipse viewing party at the Salvatore Boarding House, and Malachai Parker slaughtering four of his brothers and sisters (and severely injuring a fifth) at his home in Portland, Oregon. Also included in the flashbacks were several brief memories Caroline Forbes had about her mother before and after her death.

Thus far in Season Seven, the flashbacks have shed light on the history of the Salvatore Family prior to Lillian Salvatore's death in 1857, as well as the history of the coven of Siphoner/vampire hybrids known as the Heretics, who were adopted by Lily after her transformation into a vampire.

In Season Eight there have been flashbacks about Sybil and Seline. It showed them when they told the story of Arcadius and when Sybil was exiled to the island.

The Originals Series

Main article: Timeline

In relation to The Originals series, there have been numerous flashbacks that help flesh out the main characters' histories. In Season One, the flashbacks centered around the Mikaelsons arriving in New Orleans three hundred years prior to the pilot (in approximately 1711) and how their lives progressed as they helped build the city into what it is today. These flashbacks included moments in 1820-21, 1835, 1914, and 1919. Also included in these flashbacks was the backstory of Marcel Gerard, a young slave on the Governor's plantation until Klaus personally adopted him and raised him as a surrogate son. Season Two's flashbacks focused on the Esther and her sister Dahlia's captivity by the Vikings in the late 960s and Esther's firstborn child Freya being taken from her by Dahlia in the early 970s; the Mikaelson children's early life in the New World at the end of the 10th century; and Marcel's time serving in World War I from 1916-1919. As of the beginning of Season Three, the flashbacks have begun in Marseilles, France in 1002, just months after the Mikaelson siblings were turned into vampires and fled back to the Old World after their father Mikael vowed to hunt them down. These flashbacks shed light on how the Originals began to learn the extent of their new powers, such as mind compulsion, as well as the fact that their blood can both heal humans and turn them into vampires.

These are episodes in which flashbacks provided much of the main plot or important backstories for characters.

The Vampire Diaries Flashback Episodes

Season One (5)

Lost Girls

(Stefan centric)

Flashback of Katherine

The first flashback is in episode Lost Girls. It shows Stefan when he saw Katherine for the first time. She came with her handmaiden Emily into Salvatore Estate. Later while Stefan and Damon were playing football, Katherine came, took the ball and they chased her. Damon went to Confederate army, but returned shortly. She didn't know with which brother should she go with to the Founder's Party, but in the end she chose to go with Stefan. While Stefan and Katherine were having sex, Stefan told her that he'll love her forever and then she bit him. She compelled him to not tell his brother about it and made him drink her blood.


Alaric's wife Isobel is introduced in flashbacks to 2007. Alaric watches Damon kill her and run away with her body.

Children of the Damned

(Stefan and Katherine-centric)

Flashback of Katherine and Pearl.

In Children of the Damned, Katherine was showing Damon how to kill. She said to two men that her husband has been hurt. When one of them went to see Damon lying down she attacked another one and drank his blood. Then she killed the other human. Katherine kissed Damon with blood on her lips. Later while Damon and Katherine were in bed, Emily said that Pearl was waiting her downstairs. She told Katherine that Honoria Fell had an elixir with vervain and that it was best to leave town. Also it's shown that Anna is Pearl's daughter as she is seen talking to her. Katherine told her that she wants to be with both Salvatore Brothers. Pearl was in love with Johnathan Gilbert.

Flashback of Anna and Pearl.

Giuseppe Salvatore asked Damon and Stefan to help him destroy the vampires. Stefan wanted to tell his father that there are good vampires. Damon made him promise that he won't tell anything to father. Later Stefan came to his father and told him that vampires are good. Father became suspicious and spiked Stefan's drink with vervain. While Stefan and Katherine we're having sex she bit him and vervain weakened her. Giuseppe Salvatore sent Stefan to sheriff and muzzled Katherine. People from the town put all the vampire in the church and burned it. Johnathan Gilbert saw on compass that it points to his love Pearl. She begged him,but he betrayed her. Emily told Anna that she will protect all vampires in the church.

A Few Good Men

Alaric and Isobel's married life, before she was killed, is shown. This flashback takes place in 2003 as well.

Blood Brothers

(Stefan and Damon centric)

Flashback of Damon and Stefan

Then in Blood Brothers, Stefan and Damon attempt to set Katherine free, but their father shot them. As they had a vampire's blood in their system, they woke up in quarry north of the town. Emily told them that Katherine gave them the rings that they were wearing. As they were in transition, they had chosen to die. Stefan went to their father to say goodbye. Giuseppe attacked Stefan and he accidentally staked himself. Stefan couldn't help himself and tasted his blood becoming a vampire. Then he went to Damon with a gift (a compelled girl) and made him drink, too. He became a vampire and promised eternity full of misery, not because Stefan made him drink blood, because Katherine had also turned Stefan.

Season Two (6)

Memory Lane

(Katherine centric)

Flashback of Katherine

Stefan had a weird dream about first founder's ball. Katherine compelled him to dream about it. Then next, Henry told Katherine that some supernatural species killed someone, but he's sure that vampire didn't do that. She told George Lockwood that she's a vampire and that she knew that he's a werewolf. Later, Stefan confessed his love and kissed Katherine even though he wasn't compelled. She refused Damon after that and was happy about the kiss. Katherine and George planned burning of the church and Katherine's saving. Than next scene is after Stefan and Damon got shot. Katherine came here, safe, gave George his Moonstone kissed Stefan while he was "dead" and left town.

Kill or Be Killed

(Mason centric) In the beginning of the episode, Jimmy is shown picking a fight with Mason in 2009 in Emerald Coast, Florida. He accuses him of sleeping with his girlfriend Marla, which Mason didn't do. They fight and Mason accidentally kills him, which triggers the werewolf curse. At the end of the episode, the flashback continues and Katherine is shown comforting him. When she hugs him, she smiles, which indicates that she might have compelled Jimmy to pick a fight with Mason so he would kill him and trigger the curse, and that her plan worked out the way she wanted it to.


(Katherine centric)

Flashback of Rose

The episode starts with a flashback scene in 1490 in Bulgaria. Katherine gave birth to her daughter. It is unknown who the father is. Her father took her somewhere. They didn't even let her hold her daughter once. Than the first flashback ends. Then it is shown that Katerina is running from Klaus' men. She was hidden so they didn't found her.(one of them was Elijah). Then Trevor found her and told her to go to the house on east. When she got there she saw an old woman, who was compelled by Rose, inside. Rose was compelling her, so she let Katherine in. She stole the moonstone from Klaus and showed it to Rose. Rose wanted to give Katherine back to Klaus. After she saw that Katherine tried to kill her with a knife, Rose gave her some vampire blood. A few minutes later Katherine hung herself. She fed on the old woman and left. In 1492, Katherine returned to her house. Everybody was killed by Klaus and his men.

The Dinner Party

(Stefan centric)

Some parts of this flashbacks are read by Elena from Johnathan Gilbert Journal,some Stefan told Elena and some Damon thought about.

Flashback of Damon

This episode starts with Thomas Fell, his wife Honoria Fell and Johnathan Gilbert. They we're dining and celebrating their great vampires-in-the-church-burned-alive plan. Suddenly they heard a noise, Thomas went outside to check it, carrying the knife with him. Honoria told Johnathan that she is worried so, he went outside, too with a compass. Suddenly he saw the needle on compass running fast. The vampire killed Thomas. Then his wife Honoria came out, and the vampire killed her too. The vampire came slowly to Johnathan. He recognized him, it was Stefan Salvatore. He "killed him", or at least he was dead, but he was wearing the Gilbert ring.

Flashback of Lexi

Then next, Stefan was in his house with several girls.He was drinking their blood.Then Damon came and compelled them all to forget bout this incident and go home. Damon decided to left town. Since it was civil war, there were victims. Stefan drained blood from one. Then some mystery figure in a cloak saw him. He followed her and attacked her. Then he saw that she was a vampire named Alexia "Lexi" Branson She told him he is a "ripper" meaning he only fed and hunted, losing his humanity. She made Stefan change from the monster he was, to who he is today. After Stefan said that it hurt too much, she told him that "if they could hurt, they could love" and that the pain, hurt and the craving for blood, was all worth it at the end, because they could feel love too. In the last flashback, it is showed how Damon met Lexi. It was in the house,before he left he told her to help his brother.


Elijah meeting Katerina

(Klaus, Elijah and Katherine centric)

Flashbacks to 1492 will reveal Katherine's introduction to Elijah and Klaus, along with the origin of the moonstone curse.

As I Lay Dying

(Damon centric)

Damon's memories of Katherine in 1864 mix with the reality of Elena in the present day due to the dementia caused by his werewolf bite.

Damon dressed in military attire passes Katherine's room and watches her through the open doorway. Katherine teasingly accuses Damon of spying on her and asks him in to help unknot her corset strings. He enters and complies with gentlemanly pleasure. Katherine says she will be lonely while Damon is away at war and asks him to hurry back. Damon suggests that Stefan should be sufficient company for her while he is away. Katherine asks is it wrong for her to want them both. Elena standing in the doorway in modern day attire warns Damon that Katherine was only toying with him and all he had to do was say no and walk way. He had a choice. He promises Katherine that he will return quickly.

In the present day at movie night in the square, a disoriented Damon asks Elena where they are going. Katherine running through the woods at night replies "Everywhere!". Damon, carrying a torch has difficulty keeping up with her and stumbles. In the present a very ill Damon also stumbles and is caught be Elena. In the past Damon pushes Katherine up against a tree. Present day Damon, reliving the memory pushes Elena against a post. Damon asks Katherine why she must always run away from him. Katherine answers because she knows he will chase her. Damon asks Katherine to let him chase her forever and asks her to feed him her blood.
Katherine refuses to feed him, takes a hair pin, pricks her own neck and challenges Damon to take it. Katherine says it is his choice to make. In the present a disoriented Damon says to Elena "I choose you Katherine." In the past Damon asks Katherine to keep it a secret from his brother then drinks Katherine's blood. In the present Elena tries to tell Damon who she is and pleads for him not to but Damon protests that he has to drink her blood if they are to be together forever. Damon bites Elena. She pleads with him to stop and tells him he is hurting her. Damon stops and looks at Elena with sudden realization and remorse. He collapses to his knees looking stunned then looses consciousness, falling into Elena . She supports his head against her chest while looking around desperately trying to decide what to do.

Season Three (4)

The End of the Affair

Strfan and Klaus in 1920

(Stefan centric)

Flashbacks to 1922 about how Stefan met Klaus and Rebekah Katherine also appeared.

Ordinary People

Flashback of Original Family

(Rebekah centric) 

Rebekah reveals her violent past with Klaus and Elijah that was 1000 years ago.


Stefan and Damon in 1912

(Damon and Samantha centric, also Stefan)

This episode take us back in 1912 when Damon met Sage, and she showed him a new way to go on through life and have pleasure in it.

The Departed

(Elena centric)

These flashbacks take place in Mystic Falls, May 23, 2009, the day of the car accident in which Elena and Jeremy's parents died.

Sophomore year

The episode begins with Elena waking up and changing into her cheerleading uniform, heading downstairs for breakfast with her parents, Grayson and Miranda, and her aunt, Jenna. Later, Elena is seen with Matt holding hands at school, Bonnie beside them, who tells her she can't keep stringing Matt along. Soon after, Elena is walking through the woods while talking on her phone asking Jenna for a ride home from the bonfire after a fight with Matt. After crashing the car in the present, a scene shows the moment Elena woke up when her father drove over Wickery Bridge into the lake below months beforehand.

Elena almost dies, 2009

The next flashback reveals Damon lying in the middle of the road, when he hears Elena, assuming its Katherine, they talk and he compels her to forget their meeting. The last flashback shows Elena submerged in water as her father desperately tries to escape the car. Miranda is already unconscious and Grayson grabs Elena's hand, silently signaling there is no way out. Elena mouths 'I love you' before she falls unconscious, Stefan appears beside the window and Grayson motions for him to save Elena.

Season Four (4)

The Five

Rebekah and Alexander

(Rebekah centric)

This flashback introduce Alexander and Rebekah's story 900 years ago.

We'll Always Have Bourbon Street

(Damon centric, also Stefan)

This episode take us back in 1942 year, when Damon, Stefan, and Lexi were in New Orleans.

Into the Wild

(Shane centric)

These flashbacks take place a year before the episode in 2009.

Atticus on the Island

At the beginning of the episode, Atticus Shane is running through the woods of an unknown Island being pursued by an mystery attacker. He stops by some rocks and spots a cave entrance, quickly running into the cave and sees strange markings on the wall and a hole in the floor. Another flashback shows Shane cutting his hand, letting blood flow into the well before he hears a woman calling his name. He uses rope to help himself down the well until he panics and falls, looking up to see a woman smiling down at him, his dead wife and witch Caitlin.

Atticus and Caitlin

A flashback then shows him asking his wife what was happening, and apologizing for not trying to stop her get their deceased son back. Caitlin tells him that there is a way to bring them back; by gaining the spell to release the immortal Silas, entombed below in the caves. In the next flashback, Shane is refusing to orchestrate three massacres, Caitlin tells him a witch has to channel an extreme amount of energy from the massacres in order to complete the spell and touches his face, reminding him he can see her again.

Because the Night

(Damon centric)

This flashback will reveal Damon's life in New York in 1977. Lexi also appears in flashback. Damon's old friend Will also appears.

Season Five (6)

Original Sin

(Qetsiyah centric)

Silas in Ancient Greece

Qetsiyah told her story to Stefan. 2000 years ago in Ancient Greece Silas and her were in love. So in love, that they both agreed to do something to make them immortal. Shortly before the marriage, Qetsiyah saw that Silas cheated her on with her handmaid, Amara. Angry with this Qetsiyah made the cure so that Silas can be mortal again. She also killed Amara by ripping her heart out. Silas rejected the cure so Qetsiyah, having no other choice, decided to put him inside the tomb with and cure hoping that he would take it to end his suffering.

The Cell

Damon in 1958

(Damon centric) 

This episode is to have flashbacks to the 1950s to when Damon Salvatore was an Augustine Vampire until he escaped leaving Enzo behind and turned off his humanity to focus on his escape. 

Fifty Shades of Grayson

Young Elena

(Elena centric)

While being experimented on by Wes, Elena realizes she's in the basement of her father's clinic in Mystic Falls and flashbacks to her childhood. As a young girl, she was playing with a ball and it fell down the stairs and into the basement. Elena followed it and heard crackling sounds coming from a closed room in the basement. As she walks towards it, her father suddenly stops her and assures her that everything is fine and that, in fact, it's a great day because he is going to save a little girl's life.

500 Years of Solitude

Katherine in 1490

(Katherine centric)

During her cardiac arrest in hospital, Katherine flashbacks to 1490 and giving birth to Nadia in her parents' home in Bulgaria. Katherine pleads with her parents to let her hold her daughter at least once, but her father takes the baby away.

Later this episode, Katherine also has flashbacks to 1492 and returning to her home in Bulgaria only to find that her family had been killed by Klaus. However, those flashbacks are in fact vampire dreams given to her by Damon and Stefan.

Katherine sees Stefan

Another flashback of Katherine's shows her arriving to Mystic Falls in 1864 and seeing Stefan for the first time. Her instant attraction to him is given as a reason why Katherine chose the Salvatores to live with during that time, but she also tells Damon that to her that meeting was like fate, alluding to the prophecy of the universe bringing the doppelgängers together.

Gone Girl

Nadia in 1520

(Nadia and Katherine centric)

Delirious due to werewolf venom, Nadia has flashbacks to her centuries' long search for Katherine. First, in 1520, Nadia knocks on the door of a house in Northern Europe and tells the man who answers it that she's looking for Katerina Petrova, to ask her why she abandoned her.

Nadia in 1720

Later on, Nadia remembers France in 1720, when she offered a man some money in exchange for confirmation of whether he saw Katherine kill a man in cold blood. She also recalls the summer when she had a threesome with Matt and Rebekah in Prague. She admits to Matt that she knows Rebekah is an Original vampire and hopes she might know where Katherine is. She also steals Matt's Gilbert ring, as an excuse to see him again.

Finally, although it's not technically a flashback but a vampire vision that Katherine gives dying Nadia, Nadia sees herself as a little girl, being put to bed by her mother.

Man on Fire

The flashbacks in this episode focus around the 1960s, just after Damon had escaped subjugation by the Augustine Society. In the flashback, Stefan meets Maggie, a young girl and Lorenzo St. John's true love. She asks Stefan about Damon's whereabouts, falsely believing him to be responsible for Enzo's death. She tracks Damon down, and attempts to kill him, however is killed by him in the process, making it look like it was actually Stefan who killed her. Maggie is unaware at the time of her death that Enzo is, in fact, alive and well.

Season Six (6)

Black Hole Sun

Damon kills Gail

(Damon and Stefan centric)

While imprisoned in the 1994 world Damon tells Kai and Bonnie the story of how he came back to Mystic Falls in 1994 to see Stefan and try living a nonviolent life. At first, he lived on a "Stefan diet", in the Salvatore Boarding House, which at the time was a functioning boarding house, run by Zach Salvatore. The situation quickly escalated, however, and ended with Damon killing all the guests at Zach's Sun Eclipse party, including Zach's pregnant girlfriend, Gail. Damon considers this to be the worst thing he has ever done, and it was the reason he believed he was trapped in his own hell.

In the 1994 flashbacks we also see young Elizabeth Forbes, who shows Damon a baby photo of her daughter, Caroline, and describes her as "high-maintenance".

Do You Remember the First Time?

The rain kiss

(Elena and Damon centric)

In a mini flashback at the end of the episode, Damon, while stumbling drunkenly around the Mystic Falls cemetery, reminisces about his favorite memory from the "summer of their lives" he and Elena had before she went to college. In a scene that became iconic for their relationship, Damon promises Elena that this is forever and they kiss in the rain.

Fade Into You

Jo and Kai fake merge

(Kai and Jo centric)

In a series of short flashbacks to May 1994, Kai is first shown killing his siblings while his twin sister, Jo, tries to protect the younger twins, Luke and Liv. Jo manages to cloak them with magic and they escape Kai but he has no intention of stopping his rampage. Distraught, Jo agrees to merge with him. However, instead of performing the merge, the Gemini coven uses the pretext to imprison Kai in the 1994 prison world.

Christmas Through Your Eyes

Elena and Bonnie in 2007

(Elena, Bonnie and Caroline centric)

In this Christmas-themed episode there are three flashbacks: two from December 2007 and one from December 2009, all showing Elena, Bonnie and Caroline during the Mystic Falls tree decorating ceremony in those respective years. In those flashbacks we learn that prior to 2007 the three best friends never spent a Christmas apart. One of the 2007 flashbacks also shows a conversation between Caroline and her mother, Liz, implying marital problems between Liz and her husband, Bill.


Sheriff Forbes in 2009

(Liz centric)

In two small flashbacks at the beginning of the episode, Liz is shown on May 23rd 2009, first in her office and then in the Mystic Falls Hospital. She is told that there was an accident, recognizes the survivor to be Elena and learns that Elena's parents, Miranda and Grayson Gilbert, were the fatalities. In the present time, Liz tries to solve the mystery of that night with Damon's help, but they eventually establish it was merely an unlucky accident.

Young Caroline and Liz

(Caroline and Liz centric)

In a short but heartbreaking flashback to Caroline's childhood, Caroline is learning to ride a bike. She asks her mom not to let go, because she is not ready, but Liz replies "Yes, you are." The flashback is in fact a vampire dream that Caroline gives her dying mother and as it ends, the scene cuts back to the present time and Liz passes away.

Let Her Go

Young Caroline

(Caroline and Liz centric)

In a short flashback that ties in with the ending of the previous episode, young Caroline, who has fallen off her bike while learning to ride it, worries about the possibility that one day her mother might die and she would be left living without her. Liz says that once Caroline is grown up, she won't need her mother but Caroline replies "I'll always need you".

Season Seven (2)

Age of Innocence

Stefan meets Valerie in the flashback

The episode focuses on the history of the Heretic Valerie Tulle. The episode shows a flashback to 1863, the year that Stefan and Valerie first met. It shows the two meeting, which Stefan believes is by chance, however, it is revealed that Valerie had been sent by his mother, Lillian Salvatore, to watch over him. The episode shows the events leading up to Valerie's death, and how she became the first vampire-witch hybrid after killing herself following harsh assault from Julian.

Mommie Dearest

Young Damon, 1851.

The flashbacks focus around the Salvatore Family, specifically their family dynamic in 1851. Multiple flashbacks show Giuseppe Salvatore as a harsh patriarch, and the interactions he shared with his sons and wife. Flashbacks show how Giuseppe killed Damon's rabbit and made his family eat it at dinner, and further how Damon would take the blame for things in fear of what his father would do to Stefan; often, this would end in Damon being physically abused by Giuseppe. Lily would do nothing, only watch her children being abused by their father.

Season Eight (2)

You Decided That I Was Worth Saving

Elena, Miranda and Grayson struggle to escape the vehicle

Sybil, using her abilities as a siren, showed Damon visions of the night of the car accident that killed Grayson and Miranda Gilbert. The flashback shows Sheriff Liz Forbes calling in the incident, upset that her friends are dead. Instead of the actual events, Sybil shows Damon an altered reality in which Elena died with her parents, meaning that Damon never got to meet and fall in love with Elena.

An Eternity of Misery

This episode shows a number of flashbacks. The first is a flashback to an unknown island, 750B.C. Seline explains to a young Sybil about Arcadius and his life as a psychic. Within the flashback is another flashback to Arcadius being burnt at the stake sometime earlier due to his extraordinary abilities, Seline explains about Cade's triumph in death.

Sybil further explains how she figured out that Seline had been lying to her over the years, and when she learned the truth about being cannibals, she threw herself off a cliff in an attempt to kill herself. At that moment, Cade appeared and offered them a deal, which they took without thinking. She further explains that Cade created Hell in order to damn the souls that killed him.

The Next Time I Hurt Somebody, It Could Be You

Arcadius shows Stefan a flashback to his time as the Ripper of Monterey, 1917. In the flashback, children hear noises and assume this to be Santa, however they are pleasantly surprised to find that it is actually Stefan Salvatore, the Ripper. It is assumed that he killed the children. Cade shows him the site of the massacre, and Stefan assumes it to be a former place of work, however Cade corrects him, telling him nothing but evil could produce a scene as such as that. Cade tells him that he had already decided on Christmas 1917 that Stefan would be his someday.

The Originals Flashback Episodes

Season One (11)

Always and Forever

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In this episode we are shown a flashback to 1700 when the originals having fled the Old World (likely Spain) from Mikael, Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah, sailed across the world, eventually landing in the port of what soon became New Orleans, three hundred years prior to the start of The Originals series. Upon arriving in the newly established city, several men boarded their ship while under the impression that it was an abandoned ship whose belongings were ripe for the taking. The men were quickly slaughtered by Rebekah and Klaus, who were famished after their long journey, but they were ordered by Elijah to leave one alive, whom they questioned and then compelled to carry their luggage off the ship.

House of the Rising Son

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There are flashbacks to 1820 where Niklaus, Elijah, and Rebekah were living in New Orleans at the Governor's mansion; and were paying the governor in gold to keep quiet about the existence of vampires. One day the Governor threw a party for the Mikaelsons. Rebekah went upstairs with the Governor's son, who she wanted to turn. Rebekah went to Elijah with the Governor's son and asked if she could turn him, to which Elijah suggested it wouldn't be a wise move to turn the Governor's son into a vampire. In that moment, Klaus took the Governor's son and threw him off the second story, killing him immediately. Klaus and his brother attended the funeral of the Governor's son, when Klaus sees a man whipping a child. Klaus saves the child; and decides to care for him. He names the child Marcellus.

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Another flashback is shown of 1835 where Marcel and Rebekah spent practicing fencing, when Marcel was finally an adult, he could best her in a duel he attempted to make his move on her only to be stopped by Klaus. Despite pleading with Klaus to let him be with Rebekah, Klaus still shot him down and forbid him from pursuing her. However this did not stop Marcel from trying again and making out with Rebekah. They were abruptly torn apart physically by Klaus who decided to punish them by daggering Rebekah.

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Then 1887, Klaus undagger Rebekah and reveal that he had left her daggered for fifty-two years. When she had asked to see Marcel, Klaus sadistically revealed that he gave Marcel an ultimatum: he could either live a long human life with Rebekah and die of old age, or become a vampire and never be with Rebekah again. He chose the latter, even walking into the room as proof of his transition, which devastated Rebekah.

Girl in New Orleans

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Rebekah finds Elijah in Davina's room, Elijah still daggered in his coffin, telepathically communicates with Rebekah using a past memory. He chooses the first night he took Rebekah back into New Orleans society after she was undaggered in the 1800s as the memory because it is one that only he and Rebekah share. He tells her that he has a plan to speak to Davina and persuade her to work with them and all Klaus and Rebekah have to do is keep Hayley and the baby safe.

Sinners and Saints

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There are flashbacks to eight months ago in this episode, showing Sophie before she got more involved with her witchcraft partying and having fun. We are also shown that Sophie was in a sexual relationship with Marcel.
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It is revealed that the witches sacrificed three girls one of which was Sophie's niece Monique and Davina would have been the fourth only Marcel intervened and saved Davina's life to stop the Harvest. He saw that she was a fighter, and saw much of himself in her actions. He suggests that he and Davina have a similar relationship to the one Marcel had with Klaus, back in the 1800s. He tells Davina to pack her things, because he wants to move her out of the attic. When he gets back and takes Davina with him, in the church, Davina's body starts to spasm. She senses something dangerous outside, telling Marcel to get her back.

It is also revealed through a flashback in the church that Agnes hexed Kieran's nephew Sean when the witches visited the church and that was the reason he went mad and killed the other alter boys.

The River in Reverse

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  In this episode there are flashbacks to 1820s New Orleans via the hallucinations Elijah suffers as a result of Klaus's bite. He hallucinates about old memories of Celeste a witch whom he was in love with. In these flashbacks, Celeste tells Elijah that Klaus is causing trouble again challenging the men of the town to duels as if they had a chance of winning. She also tells him that it would take the power of 100 witches to stop Klaus. Elijah goes to Klaus to tell him to stop unless he wants word of a town full of dead men to spread and bring their father down upon them. Klaus laughs and tells Elijah that he has placed the blame on the witches, this enrages Elijah because it means all of the witches including Celeste are in danger. In his rage, he shoots Klaus and later finds Celeste dead in her bathtub. Because of Elijah's power of tactile telepathy Hayley who was bathing his forehead was also able to see these memories.  

Dance Back from the Grave

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There are Flashbacks to 1919. It focuses on Papa Tunde's arrival, who takes over the New Orleans coven, his reign and how Elijah and Klaus deal with him. On the other hand Klaus tried to make arrangements with werewolves in the city, so his rule could remain hidden. But their meeting is soon interrupted by the witch Alphonz Bellatunde Delgallo, also known as Papa Tunde, who demands to know how would it benefit for the witches. He demands a tribute as he thinks he is also the king in this city and brings them the head of the mayor who he has killed. Klaus doesn't like it and decides to find out who this enemy is. Klaus befriends him to find out his weaknesses so he could destroy him. With help of the Marcel (who just returned from WW1) he finds out that Papa Tunde channels two twin witches who always accompany him and kills them to get rid of this rival.

Long Way Back From Hell

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Flashbacks to 1919. It focuses on Marcel's and Rebekah's relationship and how Klaus affected them. Rebekah worked as nurse in New Orleans sanatorium during the period of influenza. Marcel soon returned from World War I. At first they were distant, but eventually grew closer.Together, they desperately started to search for freedom, to do as they wished without Klaus constantly controlling them. Rebekah befriended Genevieve, a fellow nurse and found out that she was a witch. Soon, they became friends. She asked Genevieve to summon her father, Mikael to New Orleans. Eventually, Klaus accepted and supported her relationship with Marcel, which made the pair very happy. When Genevieve learned that Rebekah used her, she wanted to reveal her secret to Klaus. However, Rebekah quickly infected her and her friend Clara Summerlin with influenza, leaving them to die, so she and Marcel would be protected from Klaus' wrath.

Le Grand Guignol

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Klaus and Elijah attend a local club underneath the Opera Theater, and Klaus flirts briefly with Lana, the "Werewolf Queen" and owner, before he and Elijah contemplate the unification of New Orleans. Elijah tells him they worked together to build up the city, but it was originally Niklaus' vision. Sometime later while sharing a drink with Elijah, Klaus notices Marcel and Rebekah attempting to convincingly avoid each other, as he stands, Elijah tries to pull him down to refrain him from causing trouble. Instead of condemning the pair, Klaus admits that as they move into the new era, attitudes must change. He toasts to Marcel and Rebekah, that they find joy in each other and that he has killed Rebekah's lovers to protect her from a broken heart if they have to move. However they are now home and he wants her to be happy.
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After a morning with Lana, she proposes tickets for the Theater that night. Rebekah and Klaus are later seen in a box at the Theater, and Rebekah heads towards the lobby to find Marcel. As Klaus is left alone and the curtain about to lift, Mikael appears behind him, poking his back with the White Oak. Mikael taunts him over the word "father" and that his real father would be just as embarrassed before telling him his plan. After Klaus demands Mikael just kill him, he is proud of his achievements in creating the city, Mikael taunts death will come, however afterwards he will stay in New Orleans.
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He will stay long enough to make sure everybody who remembers Klaus will be dead, and it would be as if he never even existed. As Klaus mulls this over, the curtains lift and Mikael announces he made some changes, sarcastically baiting he would love them. The audience applause's and laughs, compelled by Mikael as the curtain reveals Lana, impaled with a stake and Marcel is staked to a cross, barely conscious.
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Klaus tries to save Marcel however he is thwarted by Mikael, and Rebekah intervenes only for Mikael to stab her and push her aside. Only when Elijah appears, they decide to run, that it was too late to save Marcel who Mikael was feeding on. As they flee, Klaus feeds Rebekah his blood to heal her as they hear Mikael approach. She is devastated at Marcel's apparent death and reveals it was her fault. Klaus denies this, instead apologizing to her, saying this was his fault, and as the Opera burns to the ground ahead of them with screams rippling from inside, that he thought they found a home. Elijah tells them to leave, that he will hold Mikael off. After hesitation, Klaus grabs Rebekah and the two leave New Orleans.

Farewell to Storyville

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In this episode, a flashback of a young Rebekah in the late 10th century was shown happily playing in the woods with all of her siblings as they chased each other around and tackled one another. Niklaus once stayed awake with her during a stormy night and gave her a wooden carved knight, as the thunder and lightning scared her. He comforted her and stayed beside her all night, stating that he will always protect her. It is shown that Elijah takes Niklaus into the woods to teach him how to hunt. Elijah encourages his brother, stating that his aim has been improving, when he misses a shot; however, Mikael intervenes and scolds Elijah for encouraging his brother and snatches the bow from Niklaus, stating that he wasn't man enough to hold a weapon. Niklaus tries to apologize, but Mikael sees him as a weakling and starts kicking him. Elijah tries to stop his father from hurting his brother but he is scared off by Mikael who stated that if Elijah intervened he would be next.

Rebekah once threatened Mikael with a sword when he wouldn't stop viciously beating Klaus with a whip. That night, she even tried to kill her father in his sleep for mistreating Niklaus, and would have gone through with it if Elijah hadn't stopped her.

A Closer Walk With Thee

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In 1820, Klaus frees Marcel from his own father, the governor. He then tells Marcel that family could be more than just those with whom they share blood. They can choose whom they can consider to be their family.

In 1835, Marcel goes to his father to free many of his slaves His father denies him and gestures to one of his slave masters to who whips a slave right in front of Marcel. Before the man can do it again, Marcel rushes over and tackles the man before violently punching him in the face. When Marcel gets up to return to the Governor, Marcel is shot by him with a pistol in the chest by his own father. The dying Marcel asked Klaus to turn him and against Klaus's wishes, he did so. He bites his wrist lets Marcel drink several gulps of his blood and then Klaus snaps his neck.

From a Cradle to a Grave

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In this episode, Klaus is first seen in a flashback with Hayley. Hayley was writing a letter for her daughter when the baby starts kicking. Klaus asked her how the littlest wolf was doing. Then she asked him if he wanted to touch her stomach to feel the baby kick. He put his hand on her belly and smiled when he felt his daughter kick. They smile at each other and he then leave Hayley alone to continue with her letter. In the letter, she tells Hope how she and her dad can't wait to meet her and that she will always have one thing, a family who loves her and protects her.

Season Two (8)

Alive and Kicking

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In this episode it is shown that in 1702, Kol's violence in Spain drew too much attention. This brought his father, Mikael, straight to the family, burning the country in his wake. While the flames drew closer and Mikael beheaded Klaus' horse, Elijah and Klaus searched for Kol while Rebekah brought the daggered Finn on board a ship to flee from Europe. They found Kol in a tavern where he drank and feasted on humans carelessly. Despite their warnings of Mikael's impending arrival, Kol refused to flee, believing Mikael was only after Klaus and that they could just leave him and he'd be fine. When Klaus and Elijah insisted, Kol attempted to resist them but was subdued by Elijah, as Klaus pulled out a White Oak Ash Dagger. Kol struggled, panicked by the betrayal, and promised Klaus that a day would come when he would not be so easily subdued. He was then daggered and neutralized.

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Then in 1821, after Elijah seemed to be taking Klaus' own young ward, Marcellus Gerard, under his wing, Klaus felt he needed someone to have fun with. He undaggered Kol against Elijah's wishes. Elijah rushed to Kol's coffin to find him awakened and already feeding without discretion on humans that Klaus had offered to him as an apology for daggering him. Kol and Klaus began causing trouble together, killing what was reported to be forty-six people in a building. Kol mused that the body count was probably at least sixty, saying that the reports had probably forgotten the victims in the attic. Later, Kol showed Marcellus the theater by compelling a large number of people to perform Hamlet. By using compulsion, Kol ensured that all of the murders within the story were actually enacted, resulting in the real deaths of the actors. Kol forced Marcellus to watch it until Elijah showed up to stop him.

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Kol revealed that he was just training Marcellus on how to be a vampire, since he knew that Klaus eventually wanted Marcellus to transition. Kol revealed that he had already fed the boy his blood, and so he told Elijah that all he had to do was kill him. Furious, Elijah grabbed Kol and condemned him for his vile and sadistic imagination. Klaus intervened, telling Elijah to let Kol go. When Kol thanked Klaus, his half-brother daggered him yet again. Elijah stood over Kol's coffin, tidying up his body while apologizing for his daggering. He said that it was for Klaus' own benefit since Klaus needed Marcellus and it would be impossible for that relationship to blossom with Kol around, due to Kol's tendency to lash out and his "bad influence" over Klaus.

Every Mother's Son

Once the Mikaelsson siblings were very young, Esther finds out that Klaus is hiding in the woods because Mikael was going to take Klaus for hunting and he is afraid of him as he always gets angry Klaus. Then Esther tells him that when she is afraid she listens to the starlings and also tells him whenever he hears one bird sing Klaus will find her with him. Always and forever. She then makes a bird Necklace for Klaus and gives as a gift which she only gave to Klaus but none of his other brothers or sister. Esther tells him that this is because he is special.

One day Klaus is found crying in the woods in great pain which can be heard throughout the forest. Esther rushes toward the sound of his voice until she finds him. He's pinned to a tree with Mikael's sword, which has impaled him through the shoulder. She grabs the handle of the swords, and though she struggles, she eventually removes the sword from his shoulder. She then drops it onto the ground and immediately begins pulling bundles of moss from the tree, which she uses as a rudimentary bandage for his wounds. She then finds out that Mikael did this to Klaus. He challenged him in a fight. At first Mikael easy defeats Klaus and take the necklace away from him. This time enraged Klaus almost defeats Mikael and cuts him as he was taking the necklace which was a gift from his mother. At this Mikael becomes furious and struck him with his sword.

It is later revealed that Esther gave that necklace to make him weak and to prevent him from killing someone, which would trigger his werewolf gene. This became even more necessary when Mikael became abusive towards Klaus as he thought that his son was weak. And she became obsessed with the idea that Klaus always has to hold the necklace.

Red Door

With Elijah still as her captive, Esther used her magic to make Elijah relive memories from his past that he had long since buried. She forced him to remember what really happened to the doppelgänger, Tatia, a woman in his village he had loved around the time he was turned into a vampire. He was forced to see that he had actually killed her due to his bloodlust as a newly turned vampire.

Wheel Inside the Wheel

This episode features flashbacks involving Mikael, Esther, Ansel, Freya, Finn and Dahlia. Later, a brief scene shows Klaus as a baby and Dahlia mentions Elijah, as Esther is pregnant with him.

The Map of Moments

It was shown that Kol was daggered in December 1914 by Klaus with the help of Elijah for working against him.

Brotherhood of the Damned

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In 1916, Marcel left New Orleans to fight for the United States in World War I.

Save My Soul

In 977 in the Kingdom of Norway Dahlia teaches a young Freya of her gifts of magic. Dahlia created a link between herself and Freya which allowed her great power. She used this power to kill a neighboring village who threatened accused them of practicing witchcraft. Some years later Dahlia performed a spell on herself and Freya to allow them to sleep forever waking up for one of every century though Freya protest Dahlia forces her to be part of the spell. Freya says the spell made them "immortal and impervious to harm", which is why she could not kill herself to be free of Dahlia. Sometime later Freya was impregnated by a man named Mathias who was killed by Dahlia for wanting his child to be free. Aftewards Freya drank Dahlia's "strongest poison" to kill the baby and herself so noone would have to suffer through a life with Dahlia, but she later awokened learning that she could not die.

City Beneath The Sea

While Klaus is in Dahlia's head she shows him her past. Vikings invade the village where Esther and Dahlia live, killing everyone and capturing them. The vikings forced Dahlia and Esther to perform spells for them. Dahlia explains she has found a way for them to escape the vikings, but Esther says she no longer wants to practice magic. She has fallen in love with one of the vikings, Mikael, and they plan to marry and start a family. Later we see an adult Dahlia and Freya arguing over her freedom to roam around where they live, which causes Freya to lose control over her magic and start bleeing from her nose, causing great winds and the birds in the area to die.

Season Three (3)

For the Next Millennium

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I'll See You in Hell or New Orleans

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The Axeman's Letter

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Season Five (5)

One Wrong Turn On Bourbon

Ne Me Quitte Pas

The most of this episode is a flashback.

Don't It Just Break Your Heart

The Kindness of Strangers

Til the Day I Die

Legacies Flashback Episodes

Season One (1)

We're Being Punked, Pedro

The assailants fear the Guardian

This episode contains a short flashback to 14th century France. It shows that they gargoyle was the protector of the supernatural knife Landon had stolen earlier in the series. When the knife was under threat from two assailants, the gargoyle, who goes by the name "the Guardian" killed them, despite being initially thought to have been a myth. He protected the knife from being stolen.

Season Two (4)

Since When Do You Speak Japanese?

This episode focuses on Kurutta, a samurai demon hunter from Japan. The flashbacks to 1308 detail him being absorbed by Malivore following his possession by the Oni. Further flashbacks explain his history, including when he could not bring himself to kill a little girl who had been possessed by the Oni. Instead, he took on the Oni and attempted to kill himself, but was unable to do so given the Oni's control over his body.

I Couldn't Have Done This Without You

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The flashbacks in this episode focus on the Necromancer and his life after returning the supernatural knife to Malivore. The flashbacks show a year prior to the events of I Couldn't Have Done This Without You, showing the Necromancer in his human form without magical abilities. He initially thinks that Malivore has broken their deal and betrayed him, and confuses Texas with Peace. He eventually gets a job in an ice cream factory where he begins practicing necromancy in a bid to return his abilities. The flashbacks decrease sequentially in time until returning to the present day.

This is Why We Don't Entrust Plans to Muppet Babies

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The flashbacks in this episode focus around Alyssa Chang; more specifically, they focus on how she became a student at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted. Flashbacks to eight years prior, 2020, show that she accidentally used magic to burn down her house, killing her parents in the process and becoming an orphan. Alaric tells her about a special school for special children, and she agrees to become a student at the school.

A further flashback four years prior, 2024, shows that Alyssa had become quite the problem student. Emma and Alaric talk about "expelling" her — which in reality means sending her to a prison world — however they remark that they do not do that anymore. Two years later, 2026, Emma and Alaric talk again with Alyssa. This time, they ask her if she would like to be sent away, or she can have her memories wiped and begin fresh; she chooses to have her memories wiped.

Kai Parker Screwed Us

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A flashback to ten years prior shows Alaric and Dorian discovering a group of dead students that have been fed on by vampires, and then burned using magic. He finds Jade's Salvatore School pin with one of the students. He questions her over the deaths, however she refuses to give any answers, and Alaric and Emma have no choice but to send her, Diego and Wendy to the Prison World.

Season Three (1)

Do All Malivore Monsters Provide This Level of Emotional Insight?

In Belgium, 1933, Ryan Clarke located Albert's cabin in search of a mysterious artifact. He and his men tossed the placed so that they would find it before der Führer.

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