Stefan: You don't get it, do you? You tell yourself that you're protecting Mystic Falls for Elena. You convince yourself that you're keeping her safe by any means necessary. You justify punishing Lily for Elena's sake. Did you ever once think, "What would Elena do?"

Damon: I never got a chance to ask her, thanks to Lily.

Stefan: Ah, so you had to ask! Is Elena's influence on you so weak that you can't tell right from wrong without her holding your hand?

Stefan and Damon (Damon's hell in the phoenix stone)

Hell Is Other People is the tenth episode of the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and forty-third episode of the series overall.


DAMON’S PERSONAL HELL — After finding himself on the wrong end of Julian's plan to avenge Lily's death, Damon awakens to find himself trapped inside the Phoenix stone, tormented by a traumatic experience from his time in the Civil War and forced to face his darkest demon in order to get out. On the outside, Bonnie is in a race against the clock to get Damon out before the effects of the Phoenix stone take over and leave him changed forever. Stefan, Caroline and Matt also appear.



Main Cast

Special Recurring Guest Star

Recurring Cast



  • This is the first episode to air in 2016. It's also the first mid-season premiere not to feature Elena Gilbert.
  • This is the first episode of the show to air on Friday. The previous 142 episodes aired on Thursday.
  • In 1863, Damon and Henry started to round up deserters to get home to Mystic Falls. Damon to see Stefan after receiving a letter from him while Henry was doing it so he could be with his girl Olive. They go to a house and everything goes wrong when they encounter deserters, they cover up what happened at the house never speaking of it again.
  • In 1863 or 1864 after the farm house Henry is turned into vampire by Katherine before she arrived in Mystic Falls. Henry may also be how Katherine learned of Mystic Falls in the first place.
  • Inside the Phoenix Stone, Damon is caught in an endless loop of during his time in the Civil War and sequences of him getting out.
    • Damon sees Elena's coffin in his personal Hell with a version of Stefan telling him that he's lost without her.
    • Lily only appears as part of Damon's personal Hell.
    • Julian only appears as part of Damon's personal Hell where he's seen burning Stefan's body.
  • Between Stefan and Damon, Bonnie was able to summon and bring back Stefan out of the stone first.
  • Title card appears after eleven minutes - the longest in the series.
  • This is the first episode of season seven not to include any of the Heretics: Valerie, Nora, Mary Louise and Beau.
  • This is the first episode in the season not to have a flashforward scene.
  • This episode is Damon-centric.
    • Damon has the most screen time in this episode.



Body Count

Behind the Scenes

  • On January 28, 2016, 1 day prior to the episode's release, the episode has been available on the internet since CTV Two still schedules The Vampire Diaries on Thursday. [1]
  • Hashtag during the airing is #DamonsHell

Cultural References


Bonnie (to Damon): "Damon, you've been dead for three months."
Damon: "Where's Stefan?"
Caroline: "If Julian scorches Stefan's body, we can't get him back!"
Damon (to Stefan): "You're not supposed to be here....." (To Caroline): "None of this is real!"
Matt: "Damon!"

Bonnie: "Damon? Hey. Please tell me you know who you are. Damon! Say something!"
Damon: "I know who I am Bon-Bon."
Bonnie: "Good. It means I actually got the spell right for once. How do you feel?"
Damon: "Like I just lived a day in a life of young Damon Salvatore."
Bonnie: "A day. Damon, you've been dead for three months."

Henry: "Hi there hero! You've been out a long time."
Messenger: "Mail call."
Henry: "News from home?"
Damon: "My brother....."
Stefan: "Dear Damon, They tell us to only send good news but I cannot. The days grow darker in Mystic Falls, and my heart darken still. Valerie left and never came back. Father drinks himself to sleep nightly. As the anniversary of mother's death approaches, I find myself unable to sleep. Paralyzed by a waking dread that I cannot shake, and dare not name. I wish you were here, brother, to teach me how to survive these endless nights."

Matt: "If Julian were in Mystic Falls, I'd think I'd know."
Damon: "Don't you think yourself a little too much credit there Donovan?"

Stefan: "That stone is punishment for every bad thing you've ever done. This is Damon. I don't even wanna know what he's going through."

Caroline: "If Julian scorches Stefan's body, we can't get him back!"
Damon: "No one's scorching anyone. Not yet."

Female #1: "He can survive this!"
Female #2: "Even if he can, he'll be different."

Stefan: "No!"
Stefan (to Caroline): "That stone is punishment for every bad thing you've ever done. This is Damon. I don't even wanna know what he's going through."
Damon: "This isn't real."



Last.fm_play.png "An Honest Man" – Fantastic Negrito
Last.fm_play.png "Hang My Head In Shame" – Pete Molinari




See also

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