Unlike me, you're one of the good ones, Bonnie. The middle of it is exactly where you need to be. You take care, cuz. Don't worry, you'll see me again.
Lucy Bennett tells Bonnie to accept who she is

Masquerade is the seventh episode of the second season of The Vampire Diaries and the twenty-ninth episode of the series overall.          


DEATH AT THE MASQUERADE BALLStefan and Damon decide on a new plan to deal with Katherine at the Lockwood’s Masquerade Ball. Katherine invites an old friend Lucy to attend the ball with her. Bonnie, Jeremy and Alaric all do what they can to help Stefan and Damon, but Katherine has planned a surprise that none of them could foresee. Things take an ugly turn when Matt and Tyler start doing shots with their friends.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast




  • Antagonist: Katherine Pierce.
  • This is the final episode of the first chapter of Season Two, The Katherine Chapter.
    • Much like last season with The Vicki Chapter, it also spanned the first seven episodes.
  • Two occurrences in this episode seem to have been foreshadowed earlier in the series: the first was that Tyler killed Sarah and triggered his werewolf gene, something that almost happened two episodes prior to this one in Kill or Be Killed; the second was that Katherine got trapped in the tomb, which is where everybody believed she was during the first season.
  • The spell Lucy performed that linked Elena to Katherine bears a resemblance to a trope associated with doppelgängers, which is that they are physically connected with each other and can feel each other's pain.
  • Katherine mentioned that she had watched Stefan from afar over the decades.
  • When Caroline was able to successfully lure Katherine into a trap and was met by Stefan, they both say the words "Hello, Katherine. Bye, Katherine." It is possible this is a reference to the Season One finale Founder's Day; after Katherine attempted to kill John, she said "Hello, John. Goodbye, John."
  • "Masquerade" is the last episode where Katherine Pierce is the major antagonist, and eventually becomes a recurring character as well as a minor antagonist.
    • She could be loosely categorized as an anti-heroine—at least until Seasons Four and Five, where she returns to her antagonistic role.
  • Caroline and Tyler's relationship began to grow after the events of this episode; now that Tyler is a werewolf, Caroline begins to try to help Tyler through his transition, knowing he's lost, confused and alone regarding his recent introduction to the supernatural world, and remembering how she felt after she first turned and was both scared and mostly alone herself.
  • Katherine compelled both Sarah and Matt to enrage Tyler to the point of him killing them in order to activate his werewolf curse. Caroline stepped in and saved Matt after realizing he was compelled, but was unable to stop Tyler from accidentally killing Sarah.
  • Elena was kidnapped at the end of this episode by a man who was revealed in the following episode, Rose, to be under Trevor's compulsion.

Book References

  • In the books, Stefan lives in the boarding house run by Mrs. Flowers, a kind woman who the main gang later learn is also a witch.
  • In The Fury, Stefan and Damon have their first and last fight against Katherine in the cemetery. Katherine is destroyed by Elena—but she also dies after being exposed to sunlight without a Daylight Amulet.


Body Count

Production Notes

  • This is the second episode to have all the main characters in it. The first episode was Plan B.
  • This is the second episode where Nina Dobrev portrays Katherine for the majority of her screen time.
  • Katerina Petrova meets Jeremy in this episode.
  • Jeremy and Bonnie share their first scenes together in the series, after 29 episodes, in this episode, if one doesn't count the scene in The Night of the Comet when Vicki went missing and Jeremy, Bonnie, Matt, Caroline, Tyler and Elena discussed the different locations that they could look for her.

Cultural References

  • Vampire: the Masquerade is a role playing game centered around vampires in a modern Gothic world, where they try to hide the existence of vampires from humans. Released in 1991 it won the award for best role-playing game in 1992. The TV series Kindred: The Embraced was inspired by the game.
  • The pleasure with which Katherine eats the strawberry is reminiscent of {{w|Kaylee Frye|Kaylee] in Firefly.
  • It is also an important song in the Phantom of the Opera. The song suggests that all social interaction requires one to metaphorically conceal oneself. One can only enjoy perfect liberty while in disguise.
  • Bon Jovi is a band formed in 1983.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 3.49 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.09 million less than the previous episode.



Katherine: "She needs to be protected!"
Damon: "Then I'll protect her— while you rot in hell."

Katherine: "Three of us together, just like old times. The brother who loved me too much, and the one who didn't love me enough."
Damon: "And the evil slut vampire who only loved herself."
Katherine: "What happened to you, Damon? You used to be so sweet and polite."
Damon: "That Damon died a long time ago."
Katherine: "Good. He was a bore."

Katherine: "Have I mentioned how inconvenient your obsession with me has been?"
Damon: "You and me both, honey."

Damon: "Tonight Katherine gets a stake through her heart."

Bonnie: "What's going on?"
Jeremy: "We're gonna kill Katherine."
Stefan: "...I can explain."
Bonnie: "Please."
Stefan: "...We're gonna kill Katherine."

Katherine: "What are Stefan and Damon up to?"
Caroline [chokes]: "They're trying to kill you."
Katherine: "I'm going to rip this town apart until it rains blood."
Damon: [to Stefan] "This woman ruined our lives. She destroyed us. Tonight it ends."

Katherine: "She looks yummy."

Katherine: "You know what you have to do."
Matt: (about Tyler) "I won't stop until he kills me."

Stefan: "You’re not gonna kill her--"
Damon: "--Don’t give me that goody-goody crap--"
Stefan: "--Because I am."

Katherine: "Paralyzed from the waist down... and dead. The moonstone, Stefan. Tick tock..."



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