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Over the course of all three shows, a few letters have been written.

Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series

John's Letter

John's Letter was written by John Gilbert to his daughter Elena in The Sun Also Rises. He wrote it after Bonnie magically linked him and Elena so that she could live after Klaus' sacrifice ritual and it gave her a chance to not come back as a vampire. However, for the spell to work and for Elena to live, John had to die. Knowing that he would never talk to Elena again, he wrote the letter and gave it to Jeremy to pass along to Elena, including his ring.


It's no easy task being an ordinary parent to an extraordinary child. I failed in that task. And because of my prejudices, I failed you. I am haunted by how things might have turned out differently if I had been more willing to hear your side of things. For me it's the end. For you, a chance to grow old and someday do better with your own child than I did with mine. It's for that child that I give you my ring. I don't ask for your forgiveness or for you to forget. I ask only that you believe this: whether you are now reading this as a human or as a vampire, I love you all the same, as I've always loved you and always will.



— From John to Elena

Elijah's Letter

Elijah's Letter was written by Elijah to Elena in All My Children. He wrote it to express his regrets about what he had done during the episode.


Today I did things I abhor to protect the one thing I value most, my family. If anyone can understand it, it's you. Your compassion is a gift, Elena. Carry it with you, as I will carry my regret. Always and forever.


— From Elijah to Elena

Alaric's Letter

Alaric's Letter was written by Alaric Saltzman (who was possessed by The Darkness) in Break On Through.


If anything happens to me, carry on my work. You have the other ring, let the ring make you strong. The council must be cleansed before the work can begin.

— From Alaric to Jeremy

Pastor's Letter

Pastor's Letter was written by Pastor Young to his daughter before he killed himself. Connor Jordan found the letter in his house and took it with him. Thus, April never got the chance to read the last words of her father.

Dear April,

I'm sorry for what you're going through. What I did was a necessary sacrifice, and I'm afraid it's only the first of many more sacrifices to come. There's always been an evil that spread through Mystic Falls, but now a greater one is coming. My death is but the first in the war ahead. I will see you again when we all find our salvation.

Until then, I love you.


— From Pastor to April

Tyler's Letter

Tyler's Letter was written by Tyler to Caroline. He sent it to Matt in package in Bring It On.

Dear Car,

I miss you more than I can put into words. But I know as long as Klaus is alive, I can't come home. He won't stop trying to kill me. And you won't stop trying to protect me. Which means the only way to make sure you're safe is for me to go and never come back. I left Matt the deed to the house. It will protect you in ways that I can't anymore. I will always love you.

— From Tyler to Caroline

Katherine's Letters

A letter was written by Katherine to Klaus in Pictures of You after he refused to pardon her through Elijah's request.


I hear Elijah has refused you the cure, and in return you have refused my freedom. Shame on you both. But while you boys sort our your problems, I have one last thing to offer you. I have caught wind that there is a witch in New Orleans named Jane-Anne Deveraux plotting a move against you. Hunt her down. What she has to say will rattle you so deeply to your core that chasing little old me will be the least of your concerns. It's been a fun five centuries Klaus, but I've worn down too many good heels running from you.

Love, and hate.


— From Katherine to Klaus

A letter was written by Katherine to Nadia in Dead Man on Campus as her suicide letter. Stefan found the letter.

Dear Nadia,

Sorry I had to kill your boyfriend, but it was the motherly thing to do. Suicide, however, not very motherly of me. I ran from my enemies for 500 years, and then one day, I stopped. Now a new enemy wants me dead. Sure I could run from the Travelers, but there's still one enemy that I can never escape, time. So call it pride or vanity, but after the life that I've led, I refuse to drift off into the sunset.

Good-bye, Nadia.

— From Katherine to Nadia

A note was written by Katherine to Caroline in We're Planning a June Wedding so Caroline would wear her necklace for the wedding.

(Something Old), Something New,
Something Borrowed,
Something Blue
— From Katherine to Caroline

Elena's Letter

Elena's Letter was written by Elena to remind herself that she loved Damon. She read it in "Black Hole Sun".

If you're reading this, then somebody spilled the beans about your selective memory loss (my money's on Caroline). Yes, you loved Damon. You loved him with a passion that consumed you, and then when Damon died, the void you felt was too deep, too dark. Facing an eternity without your soulmate, you went off the deep end. You turned into someone that you weren't -- a monster. Alaric can restore your lost memories, all you have to do is ask, but I hope that you don't. I tried it the other way and I didn't see an end to the pain. I want you to rediscover yourself in the absence of the one who defined you. If you feel any hope for the future at all, then you're already better off. You've been given a chance to start over...I want you to take it, I want you to be happy.
— From Elena to herself

Stefan's Letters

Stefan wrote a letter to Damon after Valerie left him, and asked his older brother, who was at the battle field at the time, to come home to Mystic Falls, and help him.

Dear Damon,

They tell us to only send good news, but I cannot. The days grow darker in mystic falls and my heart darker still. Valerie left and never came back, father drinks himself to sleep nightly. As the anniversary of mother's night 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.

— From Stefan to Damon

Stefan tries to write a letter to Caroline when he was in the Philippines with Valerie.

Dear Caroline

I wish that things were different, but it's safer this way.

Never meant to hurt you, and I wish you all the happiness in the world.

— From Stefan to Caroline

Damon's Letters

Damon wrote a letter to his long time friend and "drinking buddy", Alaric Saltzman. In the letter, Damon was saying goodbye to his friend, as he was going to dessicate himself next to Elena's Coffin until the latter will awake. Since Alaric moved to Dallas, Damon had his brother Stefan deliver the letter to Alaric.

Hey, buddy.

So, I know this is a crappy way to do this, but I'm a crappy person, so I guess it fits. By the time you read this, I'll be desiccated in a coffin next to Elena. And I won't wake up until she does. So I guess... this might be goodbye. I'm not gonna get lame or mushy, but you deserve the truth. I'm telling Stefan that the world is a better place without an Elena-less Damon. That it was for the best for everyone that I was gone. I'm sure he'll see through that. Because, to be completely honest, I don't give a damn about the world. The truth is, I'm not in a good spot. Hell, I'm miserable. And I have been ever since she left me. Before her, I didn't know what it was like to be happy. To be fulfilled. To be complete. But now, I do. And now that I know that feeling, to live without it? There's just no point.

So, that's it.

Nice knowing ya.


— From Damon to Alaric

Damon wrote a letter to his best friend, Bonnie Bennett. In the letter, Damon was saying goodbye to his friend, as he was going to dessicate himself next to Elena's Coffin until the latter will awake. Bonnie has never opened it. When Damon found out that she still kept his letter, he confront her, and Bonnie tore the letter to shreds. Later Damon cited his letter for Bonnie.

Dear Bonnie

I am a coward. I should be saying this to your face, not writing this letter, but I know if I do, you'll talk me out of running away from all my problems. You're gonna make me face a future without Elena. Then you're gonna help make me the best man that I can possibly be. The same way she did. And I'm absolutely terrified of failing you both. So I'm leaving. Because I'd rather let you down once than let you down for the rest of your life. And I hope it's the happiest life. Because you, Bonnie Bennett, are an amazing woman, a mediocre crossword puzzle player, and my best friend.

With great love and respect


— From Damon to Bonnie

Klaus' Letter

Klaus' Letter was written by Klaus, some unknown time after he was freed from the wall. He wrote to Caroline Forbes, an old flame of his, after he heard she had open a school for gifted children. He had express hope to see her again someday.

Dearest Caroline,

I had often imagined the paths your life might take, But your chosen future is more noble than I have ever fathomed. Please accept this contribution to your virtuous cause. I do look forward to thanking you in person.


However long it takes.

Yours, Klaus

— From Klaus to Caroline

Throughout The Originals Series

Hayley's Letters

Hayley's Letter was written by Hayley to her unborn daughter Hope Mikaelson in a flashback in From a Cradle to a Grave. She wrote her in her daughter nursery and Klaus asked to her if it was a love letter destined to Jackson, Elijah or himself. Later, when she decided to give her newborn to Rebekah, Hayley put her letter in her daughter's bags.

Dear Zoe..or Kaitlyn... or Angela. To My Little Girl,

Your dad just asked if this was a love letter. I guess it kind of is. 'I never got to know my mother. I have no idea what she must have felt when she carried me. So I thought I'd write to you, so that you could know how happy I am at this very moment. How much your father and I can't wait to meet you. And I want to make you a promise, three things you will have that I never did. A safe home. Someone to tell you that they love you every single day. And someone to fight for you, no matter what. In other words, a family. So there you go, baby girl. The rest we're gonna have to figure out together.

I love you, Your Mom.

— From Hayley to Hope

Hayley's letter to Klaus was one of a series of letters that Hayley had written to Klaus to update him on his daughter, Hope's, life while he was away. This particular letter included a picture of Hope as a child and was addressed to him whilst he was in Russia. This letter was kept in a box with a series of other letters, which Klaus did not open until after Hayley's death.

Dear Klaus,

You'd have been proud of Hope today. She's back home for summer break. I brought her out to the Bayou for the crawfish boil, hoping she'd play with the other crescent kids, but I turned around and she was gone. I found her inside at Mary's bedside telling her stories and signing to her. Sometimes I think about all the unlike things that led to her existence. You and I born a thousand years apart and all of the petty crap that brought us to that one night in Mystic Falls. It's been hard...but the truth is, I watched her curled up next to that dying woman, and I knew I wouldn't change a thing. In all my life I've never felt lucky before her.

Anyway, we miss you.

— From Hayley to Klaus

Freya's Letter

Freya wrote a letter to her youngest sister Rebekah in For the Next Millennium, informing her the condition of their family after her departure from New Orleans in search of a way to bring her brother Kol back to life. After writing the letter Freya examines it for a moment before crumpling it up and gripping it tightly in her hands. She mutters an unintelligible spell under her breath for a moment until the letter disappears, having been magically sent to Rebekah wherever she is.

My dear Rebekah,

I hope this finds you well. I write to offer an update and ask for your advice. Our brothers remain at odds. Klaus will never apologize-- not for the blood he's shed, nor the suffering Hayley continues to endure. And, Elijah can never forgive him. Despite my efforts, we are a house divided. Which is not to say I have no good news...Niklaus kept his word-- Marcel controls the Quarter. There, he has founded a fight gym in the old St. Anne's Church where he tests the mettle of those who wish to join his vampire community. Elijah has begun joining him for sparring. I believe it helps him work through his anger... and he has much anger. While Hope continues to flourish, it is clear she misses her mother. Though Niklaus remains the doting father, he has been of no help in finding a cure for Hayley's curse. Despite my best efforts, I've yet to find the means to undo the spell placed on her and the Crescent wolves, and Hayley herself continues to struggle, unable to see her child except for one night a month during the full moon. And we're in no position to ask for outside help... Davina's rage at our family has only grown. And, as Regent of all covens, she is far too formidable to be swayed. Meanwhile, Niklaus has begun to see Camille for what he calls "their little chats." He claims a desire to amend his ways. In truth, he seems utterly free of remorse... which only drives Elijah further away. I wonder if you would write me with any advice you have on how to heal their fractured bond.

Until then, I remain your loving sister Freya.

— From Freya to Rebekah

Klaus' Letters

Klaus' Letter was written by Klaus, less then a year after he was turned into a vampire, and was addressed to Aurora de Martel, the first women he loved after he was turned. The letter itself was turned to dust - confirmed by Aurora herself in The Axeman's Letter.

I never meant for you to know me. I never meant to let you in. But then, I should not have kissed you. Not the first time. Certainly not the second. There is a light in you so bright it makes me feel like the man I wish I was... and forget the thing I am. I am chained to certain hungers, and have damned another to my fate...You've seen what we do-- we hunt. We feed. We kill. But what I am, I can't answer. My family are the first-- there is no name for it. But I also desire. Deeply. And I can love... As I love you..
— From Klaus to Aurora

Klaus' letter to Hope was a letter written to Hope upon sacrificing himself to keep his family safe. The letter dictates that he did what he had to so that his family would be safe.

My dearest Hope,
I do not know how this will find you; As a child full of wonder; a teenager full of opinions; or a woman with the world at her feet. I write to tell you that I love you and to explain that in our family's darkest hour, I was called upon to save my siblings. And so I did. Please do not mourn me, whatever pain I endure I do so in service of those I love. My sole regret is that I will be away from you. Be good to your mother, I draw comfort knowing that she will protect you and I know that she will not rest until our family is reunited. Until then, my sacrifice will allow you to grow. Become the beautiful daughter I can now only imagine. Please know you are the legacy this family has always desired, the promise we fought to protect. You are and always will be our hope.
— From Klaus to Hope

Tristan's Letter

Tristan wrote a letter to the Mikaelson Family, saying he would like to meet them, and if they won't come, he will rip Hayley Marshall-Kenner's heart as well. He then compelled a tourist to deliver it to them, along with Jackson Kenner's heart.

Dearest friends,

Please find enclosed the heart of Jackson. Hayley's will follow unless you meet me at Coltrane's Autoshop, 1268 Adderly in the ninth.

Kind regards,


— From Tristan to The Mikaelsons

Caroline's Letter

Caroline wrote a letter to Niklaus Mikaelson to offer her condolences after Hayley's death.

Dear Klaus,

You and I are no strangers to heartbreak, and yet each loss hits more deeply than the one before. I've had to return to my daughters, as I'm sure you can understand. Please know, I am a phone call away if you need a friend.

With all my sorrow and with love for you and your family


— From Caroline to Klaus

Throughout Legacies Series

Landon's Letter

Landon's Letter was written by Landon to Hope Mikaelson in Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn as an apology.

Dear Hope,

You strike me as the kind of person who's not so big on second chances, much less third, but I'm gonna give it a shot. I can't explain why I took that knife. Believe me, I wish I could, but maybe I can explain why I ran. I have never been welcomed anywhere in my life, I'm always the extra. The mouth they didn't want to feed. If I caused trouble, I was out. When you grow up like that, you learn to protect yourself. You do what you have to do to survive. I never had a real family and that's not meant to make you feel sorry for me. I'm trying to make you understand, I lied to protect myself, but in doing so, I hurt you and for that I will be forever sorry.

The time I spent with you the other night was one of the happiest moments of my life, I hate that I ruined it. Your school's secret is safe with me.

With regret,


— From Landon to Hope

Hope's Letter

Hope's Letter was a letter written to her father, Klaus, on Remembrance Day, 2028. She wrote this letter in Death Keeps Knocking On My Door, after the Necromancer told her that her father had not found peace.

Dear Dad,

I'm no stranger to death, but that doesn't mean I want to talk about it. Once a year, for Remembrance Day, we're asked to write letters to our lost loved ones. We sign our names, fold them up and scatter them throughout the cemetery. I usually don't see the point in it. Why write to the dead? I'd rather not think about it at all. Except lately, Death keeps knocking on my door. Today I messed up, bad. I messed up in ways that if you were here, you'd be so disappointed in me. I'm not sure I know how to fix it. I was told today that you would never find peace until I found it in myself. I hope that was a lie told to punish me. God knows I deserved that. But if it's true, I'm gonna do better. Today I saw a glimpse of what true loneliness feels like. Of what lies in store for me if I don't find my own peace. So I'm gonna get to work on that. I'm glad to know you're with me, but I look forward to the day when you're not.

I love you. Hope.

— From Hope to Klaus

Rafael's Letter

Rafael's Letter was a letter written to his ex-girlfriend, Cassie, on Remembrance Day at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted. It was a letter to tell her that he misses her.

Dear Cassie,

I miss you everyday....

Rafael's letter to Cassie

Caroline's Letter

Caroline's Letter was a letter written to her daughter, Lizzie, for the Salvatore School's musical. She wrote and magically sent the letter in Salvatore: The Musical!, after Lizzie had reservations about portraying her.

Dear Lizzie, hopefully this can give you some perspective on who I used to be. When I was your age, I remember feeling like I was a total mess. Like I was waiting to become a better version of me so my real life could start. But it wasn't becoming a vampire that changed everything. Change is a series of small moments that build on each other like steps up the side of a mountain. Your life isn't on hold until you figure everything out. It's already happening. You're already changing, moment by moment. And, Elizabeth, there is nothing wrong with you. Your brain chemistry creates unique challenges for you, but you are not broken. You are growing and changing every day. And it is beautiful to watch.
— From Caroline to Lizzie

Landon's Letter

Landon's Letter was a letter written to everyone to let them know that he has been trapped in an alternate dimension. He pinned the leter on the gates of his school in To Whom It May Concern.

To whom it may concern, My name is Landon Kirby, and if you found this note, you're the only person in the universe who knows I'm alive. I've been trapped in an alternate dimension for what feels like forever, and I have no idea how to get out. I'm a normal human without magic or powers, or an ingenious plan. My girlfriend Hope was always the one I could count on for those. So unless she figures out some way to save me, there's a pretty good chance I'm never getting home. But that doesn't mean I'm going to stop trying. Somewhere in this prison world is a way back, and I'm not waiting around for someone else to find me. I will get myself home, no matter what it takes.
— From Landon to whom it may concern

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