I was feeling epic.
Stefan to Lexi

I Was Feeling Epic is the sixteenth and final episode of the eighth season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and seventy-first episode of the series overall. It is also the series finale.

A one-hour retrospective aired before the finale.


OLD FRIENDS – With the fate of Mystic Falls at stake, Stefan and Damon must fight their greatest enemy for one last battle.[2]



Main Cast

Special Appearance by

Recurring Cast




  • Antagonist: Katherine Pierce.
  • The only characters Katherine interacts with are Stefan and Damon.
    • After Damon and Stefan figure out it's Katherine, not Elena, she says "Hello, Brothers" a callback to the first episode in the first season.
  • This episode picks up right where the previous episode left off and takes place the same night over a 1 hour period.
  • Narrators: Elena Gilbert, Matt Donovan, Bonnie Bennett, Caroline Forbes and Alaric Saltzman.
  • All main characters of the show (throughout the eight seasons of the series; except Klaus) were featured. However, as of Klaus, there's a letter featured from him in the last minutes when Caroline's epilogue is shown.
  • Katherine reveals to Damon that from the moment she entered Hell, she had Cade under her control and this was the reason he was interested in Damon and Stefan, because of her.
  • Katherine has more screen time than Elena does in the final episode while the awakened Elena appears in about the last 10 minutes.
  • Kai's sleeping spell on Elena also took into account non-magical means to wake up Elena. Bonnie dying briefly and then being revived wouldn't be enough to wake her, Bonnie would have to stay dead in order for Elena to wake up.
  • The bone dagger does send Katherine back to Hell, but she doesn't stay there.
  • Stefan injects Damon with his Cure filled blood making him human. This means anyone Damon ever compelled who's still alive will remember anything they were compelled to do or forget by him, including the wedding guests to Stefan and Caroline's wedding in the previous episode.
  • Caroline is the last vampire remaining in the series and of this season which started out with 4 vampires (Stefan, Damon, Caroline and Enzo). While the series started out with just two: Damon and Stefan.
  • This episode marks the 150th appearance of Caroline Forbes, 100th appearance of Jeremy Gilbert and 50th appearance of Liz Forbes.
  • Stefan is revealed to have been born in 1846 (the month and day of aren't given), meaning he was turned sometime before his 18th birthday.
  • This episode marked the returns of Jeremy Gilbert, John Gilbert, Jenna Sommers, Lexi Branson, Katherine Pierce, Elena Gilbert, Jo Laughlin, Lucy Bennett, Grayson and Miranda Gilbert.
  • This is the seventh episode this season and fourty-ninth episode of the series overall to feature all main characters from previous seasons.
  • The original cut was about 18 minutes longer. One of the scenes cut was Damon's proposal to Elena after the med school. [3]

Future Events

  • Elena wakes up thanks to Bonnie, who didn't die to do so.
  • Bonnie does what Enzo asked her to do and that was to live her life. She does so by traveling around the world.
  • Implied but unseen Elena and Damon marry in this episode, in her diary entry there is no mention of any children or grandchildren on their part.
    • In The Tale of Two Wolves, Elena has opened her own medical practice under the name "Elena Salvatore", having taken Damon's surname as her own.
  • The Salvatore house is turned into the Salvatore Boarding School by Alaric and Caroline. Both Jeremy and Dorian teach there.
  • Matt remains Sheriff of Mystic Falls, the town gives him a bench and he considers running for Mayor.
  • Elena seems to be writing a diary entry after med school in the graveyard (where she wrote the diary in Pilot). She also expresses thanks to Stefan for meeting him and what he has done to her. She writes "I wanted to grow old and I did" , and based on the context in her letter, that means she prefers to live and age in Mystic Falls than other places.
    • Elena and Damon found peace in the end. This can be indicated by the context in her letter "Even after our long happy life together...." "That's the promise of peace, that one day, after a long life, we find each other again".
  • Katherine's fate is unknown after the destruction of hell, but it's possible that she moved on, being the only realm of afterlife left; however, it is just as likely that her spirit was destroyed along with hell as she was its current ruler, and as such, was tied to the realm like Arcadius before her.



Body Count

Behind the Scenes

  • "I was feeling epic" is a line from Lexi to Stefan from season one's 162 Candles.
  • This is the final episode of The Vampire Diaries.
    • This was the first and only episode of the series to be aired at 9pm rather than its usual timeslot. This is due to a one-hour retrospective that aired at 8pm.
  • Shooting of the final episode ended on February 8, 2017.[4]
  • The episode aired on Jasmine Guy's 55th birthday.
  • It is interesting to note that Buffy the Vampire Slayer's first episode aired exactly 20 years ago (March 10, 1997).
  • Hashtag during the airing is #TVDForever
  • Bianca Lawson, Joseph Morgan and Malese Jow were unavailable to shoot scenes for the finale due to scheduling conflicts. [5]
  • Nina Dobrev is credited as "guest starring" but with the honorary "and".
  • The original ending the writers had in plans was for Stefan and Damon to both die in the name of Elena, who would live on, becoming a doctor and possibly marrying Matt, while being watched by the Salvatore brothers' ghosts. However, Nina Dobrev's exit at the end of Season Six changed things, and prevented the writers from revisiting the love triangle idea.[6]

Cultural References


Elena: "What happened? Why am I here right now?"

Elena (to Stefan): "What happened? Why am I here right now?"

Damon: "What?"
Katherine: "Damon?"

Katherine: "Damon?"
Damon: "Elena?"
Stefan: "Welcome back."

Elena (flashback): "I'm Elena."
Stefan (flashback): "I'm Stefan."
Damon (flashback): "Hello, brother."
Katherine: "Damon?"
Damon: "Elena?"

Elena (flashback): "I'm Elena."
Stefan (flashback): "I'm Stefan."
Damon (flashback): "Hello, brother."
Katherine: "Damon?"
Damon: "Elena?"

Stefan: "There's gotta be something we're missing."
Damon: "Nope. Katherine won. She played the long game and finally beat us."
Damon (looking at Elena's empty coffin): "What?"
Stefan: "Earlier, Bonnie's heart stopped... She said she saw Elena."
Katherine: "Damon?"
Damon: "Elena?"

Elena (flashback): "I'm Elena."
Stefan (flashback): "I'm Stefan."
Damon (flashback): "Hello, brother."
Elena (flashback): "What are you?"
Stefan (flashback): "You know."
Elena (flashback): "Dear Diary, today will be different."
Bonnie: "Elena!"
Elena: "Today is the day that I get to live again."

Damon: "What is Katherine planning?"
Kelly: "She's gonna burn down Mystic Falls with hellfire tonight."
Vicki: "Katherine told me to ring this bell every five minutes until Mystic Falls burns."
Bonnie:"Are you okay?"
Stefan: "There's gotta be something we're missing."
Damon: "Nope. Katherine won. She played the long game and finally beat us."
Katherine: "I've missed this place, said no one ever."
Matt: "Yeah, it's Sheriff Donovan, activate the evacuation protocol."
Stefan: "I love you so much."
Caroline: "I love you too."



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Last.fm_play.png "Hold On" – Chord Overstreet
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