Promised Land is the twenty-first episode of the fifth season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and tenth episode of the series overall.


The Vampire Diaries 5x21 Extended Promo - Promised Land HD

The Vampire Diaries 5x21 Extended Promo - Promised Land HD

OUTRUNNING DEATH - When Stefan and Elena escape from Markos' control, only to find themselves stranded in a remote location, Stefan gets philosophical with Elena about her relationship with Damon. After their attempt to protect the doppelgängers goes badly, Liv and Luke come up with a dangerous new strategy. Damon recruits Matt and Jeremy to help him set a trap for Markos, who turns out to have a devastating surprise of his own. Bonnie finally admits to Caroline that she's been keeping the truth about the Other Side from everyone. Finally, while Bonnie searches desperately for a way to stop Markos, Caroline is witness to an unthinkable act of violence by one of the Travelers.  



Main Cast

Recurring Cast




  • Antagonist: The Travelers, Markos, and Julian.
  • In this episode, we learn that a starved/bled out vampire will hallucinate in their weakened state.
  • Elena tells Stefan that when she and Caroline were younger, she couldn't decide which of Caroline's traits were more annoying, her "control freakiness" or her "delusional positivity." Stefan tells Elena he doesn't have a problem with Caroline's control freak nature and Elena jokes that he didn't have to build a Barbie castle with her in second grade.
  • Elena asks Maria if she can drink a couple of ounces from her carotid artery as they are driving. This is the first time Elena has asked someone if she could feed off them.
  • Elena and Damon get back together in this episode, but it is short lived based on the events of Home.
  • This episode takes place a week before college finals according to Bonnie, who mentioned it to Caroline as she was packing up their dorm room. This means that their freshman year is nearly over now that they're preparing to take their final exams for the spring semester at Whitmore College.
  • Stefan is killed at the end of the episode by Julian, who ripped out his heart to stop the Magic Purification Spell cast by the Travelers. This is the first time Stefan has died since he was turned into a vampire in 1864.
    • Though Stefan's death stopped the spread of the purification spell, the effects continued to linger in the land covering Mystic Falls until Season Six's I Alone.
  • Elena was the last surviving doppelgänger, male or female, as of this episode. This status would continue on until Stefan's resurrection in Home.

Body Count

  • Stefan Salvatore - heart extraction, killed by Julian
  • Sam Douglas - stabbed in the neck, killed by Carl (in Pam Douglas' body).
  • Pam Douglas - blood loss, Traveler spell
  • Dozen of Mystic Falls Citizens - blood loss, Traveler spell
  • Maria - head trauma, killed by Liv & Luke (indirectly)



Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 1.50 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.34 million less than the previous episode.
  • Hashtag during the airing is #MarkosMania

Cultural References

  • Promised Land is a 2012 American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant.
    • A salesman for a natural gas company experiences life-changing events after arriving in a small town, where his corporation wants to tap into the available resources.
  • In the Hebrew Bible, the Promised Land is a land between the River of Egypt and the Euphrates of Western Asia and which was promised by God to the descendants of Jacob, the Israelites. It is the central argument of Zionism, of which the members claim that modern day Jews are the direct descendants of the ancient Israeli people.
  • Promised Land is an Amercian drama series which aired on CBS from 1996 to 1999. 
  • Promised Land is the title of the Fifth episode of Season 5 of Inspector Morse which aired on PBS in the US and the BBC in England in the 1990s.


Damon: "Yeah, I know. Find Markos, kill Markos. Save Mystic Falls."
Markos: "Nice place."
Damon: "It is polite to knock."
Maria: "Once the spell starts, magic will be stripped away, layer by layer."
Liv: "We have to kill Stefan and Elena."
Markos: "The spell has already begun."
Damon: "We have a problem."
Liv: "I'm sorry... One of you needs to die."

Caroline"So Julian is trapped inside Tyler forever, or until he dies. So, I was thinking... what if he does die? You, know, maybe that's how we do it! That's how we get him out!"
Bonnie:"You want to kill Tyler?"
Caroline"He'll go to the Other Side and then, when Liv does the spell to help you and Enzo, Tyler can come back. And speaking of, shouldn't you be, like, preparing, or talking to Liv? Or doing anything other than packing up our dorm room?"
Bonnie: "We have to be out of here right after finals, which I might skip, due to the potential extinction of magic in the place where I was spending my summer break."
Caroline"Right, but I think the Other Side falling apart is slightly more pressing than late housing fees."
Bonnie: [sighs] "There is no spell. I made it up. The Other Side is collapsing, and everyone in it, including me, is going away for good. So, no. I don't think you should kill Tyler."

Bonnie: "He said you promised to bring him back."
Enzo: "Ah. You're paraphrasing. He said, quote-- "I will find a way."
Bonnie: "Whatever."
Damon: "Hello! Still here. And I know what I said."
Enzo: "Remind him that he doesn't have a very good track record for keeping promises."
Bonnie: "Please stop talking."
Enzo: "The the Other Side is on the brink of collapse. I plan on pestering all of you until I'm safely returned to the land of the living."
Bonnie: "You need to fix this before I lose my mind."
Damon: "Hey! I'm sorry. I've got two missing doppelgängers. I've got a Traveler that wants to rid our town of magic. And I've got the friendly banker, Mr. Sikes, in the coat closet. So, your escape from the netherworld is going to have to wait till tomorrow."
Bonnie: "I think he wants to be penciled in for today."



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