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Renewal of The Vampire Diaries for the 2016-2017 season was announced on March 11, 2016, by The CW's President, Mark Pedowitz [1].

The Vampire Diaries has aired on Friday at 8/7c. This was the final season. [2]

Season Summary

Season seven of the THE VAMPIRE DIARIES found our heroes rebuilding their world without Elena. Confronted by the prospect of a decades-long wait for Elena’s return, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) struggled with his heartbreak and relied on his contentious but profound friendship with Bonnie (Kat Graham). Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice King) began their much-anticipated relationship, which was complicated by Caroline’s unexpected role as surrogate mother to the infant twins left behind when Alaric (Matt Davis) lost his wife. Meanwhile, Damon pursued a vendetta against his mother Lily (guest star Annie Wersching), who had abandoned her sons to care for a vicious brood of vampire-witches called the Heretics – one of whom, Valerie (guest star Elizabeth Blackmore), had loved Stefan ever since their romantic encounter in a previous century. Lily’s misguided choices ultimately caused her own tragic demise and put Mystic Falls in the sights of a formidable nemesis: Rayna Cruz (guest star Leslie-Anne Huff), a supernatural vampire hunter. Rayna targeted Stefan, forcing him to go on the run and leaving Caroline to make a new start with Alaric. Determined to defeat Rayna, Damon enlisted the help of the Armory, a shadowy group with family ties to Bonnie’s boyfriend Enzo (Michael Malarkey). But the Armory’s deeper agenda robbed Bonnie of her magic and jeopardized her life. To remedy the crisis, Damon and Enzo had to venture into the Armory’s occult vault, where an evil presence overcame them. The triangle of Stefan, Caroline and Alaric will team up with Bonnie in season eight to search for the two most important men in her life – even though Damon and Enzo may be long past saving. THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Outerbanks Entertainment, Alloy Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. The series was developed by Kevin Williamson (“The Following,” “Scream”) & Julie Plec (“The Originals,” “Kyle XY,” “Wasteland”), who serve as executive producers along with Leslie Morgenstein (“Gossip Girl,” “Pretty Little Liars”) and Caroline Dries (“Melrose Place,” “Smallville”).


  • Chapter I: The Siren Chapter (Ep. 801-807):
    • This chapter begins with Damon and Enzo enslaved to the Siren Sybil, who reveals she harvests souls for Arcadius, the Devil, along with her sister Seline. Sybil destroys Damon's good qualities, which leads him to making a deal with Cade for him and Stefan to take to Sirens' place as his servants to stay out of hell for eternity. Stefan reluctantly agrees, turning into a ripper to corrupt innocent souls to damn to hell.

  • Chapter II: The Bell Chapter (Ep. 808-812):
    • This chapter continues with Sybil finally revealing her intentions to Caroline. She wanted to retrieve three parts of Mystic Falls Founders Bell, before her sister Seline could use them together to kill her. Later, it was revealed by Seline that the bell was far more powerful. Not only that it could kill the sirens, but it could also kill anyone for miles, by ripping open a hole in Cade's domain, and releasing the hellfire. The only catch was that only someone from Maxwell bloodline could ring it, as it was made by Ethan Maxwell. Later, Matt was compelled by Stefan, yet with a free choice, to ring the bell 12 times, if he can't forgive Damon for killing Vicki. He rings the bell 11 times before he is stopped, but that was enough for Cade to cross over to Earth. After revealing himself to Seline and Sybil, he kills them with hellfire. He also gives Damon an ultimatum, where he needs to kill Caroline or 100 evil strangers. Unknown to Damon he gave Stefan a similar task earlier that day, where he must kill 100 evil strangers or Elena. That resulted with death of Enzo and with Bonnie using the Cure, taken from Elena's blood, on Stefan in revenge and self-defense. Later in flashbacks, it was revealed that the bell was spelled by the Bennett Coven, as means of eradication of all vampires, but it was corrupted by the Sirens before its completion. This resulted in destruction of the most of the Bennett Coven, except for Bonnie's ancestor Beatrice, and near destruction of entire Mystic Falls.

  • Chapter III: The Arcadius Chapter (Ep. 813-814):
    • This chapter continues with Kai making an agreement with Damon and Alaric in which Damon and Alaric will get Kai out of hell, and he wil help them kill Cade with Bone Daggers. When Alaric confronts Kai about death of Jo and tries to kill him, Kai tells them that he is also willing to wake up Elena. In the meantime Stefan continues to deal with all consequences of him being human and Bonnie tries to find Enzo with the help of Cade. He tells her that she created her own dimension, like he did, and that Enzo is there. Later, Damon takes Kai to the Salvatore crypt where Elena's casket has been moved back to from upstate New York, so that he can wake up Elena. Instead Kai betrays Damon by siphoning the magic of his vampirism, leaving him dead and dessicated and taking both Elena's casket and the weapon that can kill Cade. Later, it was revealed that Cade spared Damon's soul, but only because he agreed to exchange the blade and Elena's casket with him. Instead, Stefan tries on his own to kill Cade, and that almost ends with his death and the death of Elena, Damon and Bonnie. Meanwhile, Kai tries to kill Josie and Lizzie, because they are the offsprings of the Gemini Coven. But luckily, they are saved in time by Alaric and Caroline, and then Kai is banished to the new Prison World. Sometime later Kai tells Bonnie, that all of them actually fell for his plan, as Katherine is returning for her revenge, and that she will stop at nothing to make sure that they all suffer for what they did to her.
      • The main antagonists of this chapter are Kai and Cade.

  • Chapter IV: The Final Chapter (Ep. 815-816):
    • This chapter follows the aftermath of Cade's destruction. When Kelly crashed Stefan's and Caroline's wedding, before her death, she finally confessed that Katherine has returned once again. But all of that was just a distraction, which aimed to cover up Katherine's real plan. She wanted to destroy Mystic Falls using the Hellfire, which was eventually released by Vicki, when she rang the bell 12 times. After the disaster at the wedding, Bonnie regained her witch powers, but with terrible cost. Finally, she together with the rest of the Bennett witches combined their powers, and used them to draw the Hellfire through the tunnels all the way to Armory. Then they deflected it back to hell, as it was the only way to destroy it once and for all, but that came with one major death. Later she used her powers to wake Elena up, and she finally decided to live her life to the fullest and to travel the world. In the meantime, Alaric and Caroline opened new school for the gifted children, Elena and Damon married and after their deaths they found their peace with their loved ones.


Main article: Antagonists in Season 8



Episodes List: 2016-2017

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8x01 Hello Brother 2 Hello, Brother Writer: Julie Plec & Kevin Williamson Director: Michael A. Allowitz October 21, 2016 #8x01
Months after Damon and Enzo mysteriously vanished from the Armory vault, Stefan tirelessly pushes forward with their search, while Bonnie struggles holding onto hope that they will be found. Meanwhile, a dangerous encounter with an unexpected visitor leaves Caroline and Alaric fearing that someone – or something – may be targeting their family. Finally, after following some mysterious clues, Stefan realizes that whatever has a hold of his brother may have a more damaging grip over him than he could have ever imagined.

8x02 Today Will Be Different 1 Today Will Be Different Writer: Melinda Hsu Taylor Director: Pascal Verschooris October 28, 2016 #8x02
After learning that someone from Stefan's past may be Damon and Enzo's next target, Stefan, Bonnie and Caroline head to North Carolina. There, Bonnie takes drastic measures in an attempt to break Enzo free of whatever has a hold over him. At the Armory, Alaric and Georgina stumble upon a mysterious symbol that may be related to the supernatural force controlling Damon and Enzo. Finally, Caroline gets an unexpected surprise from Stefan.

TVD 8x03 You Decided That I Was Worth Saving 1 You Decided That I Was Worth Saving Writer: Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux Director: Michael Karasick November 4, 2016 #8x03
As Enzo continues to fight the control over him, Bonnie finds herself at the center of a deadly game and forced to make a heart wrenching decision involving two of the most important people in her life. At the Armory, Alaric researches a mysterious artifact that he hopes will help in their fight to get Damon and Enzo back. Finally, Damon's downward spiral leads him to Tyler who attempts to talk some sense into him before it's too late. Stefan and Caroline also appear.

8x04 An Eternity of Misery 1 An Eternity of Misery Writer: Neil Reynolds & Brett Matthews Director: Rob Hardy November 11, 2016 #8x04
Tasked with finding a mysterious artifact, Damon's latest mission takes him to Texas where a violent run-in with Peter Maxwell leads to a surprising revelation. Meanwhile, after gaining the upper hand in their fight to save Damon and Enzo, Stefan and Alaric team up and uncover the origins of the mysterious force they’re up against. Finally, Matt returns to the fray after his past and present collide in an unexpected way. Caroline also appears.

TVD-805-4-Stefan-Damon Coming Home Was a Mistake Writer: Celine Geiger Director: James Thompson November 18, 2016 #8x05
Spiraling down a dangerous path of self-destruction, Damon's latest actions prove he may be beyond the point of return. Unwilling to give up on his brother, Stefan is forced to make a gut-wrenching decision that threatens to change their relationship forever. Elsewhere, Bonnie gets advice from Caroline on how to break through to Enzo, while Matt attempts to decipher a mysterious box of messages that he's received. Finally, after tragedy strikes close to home, Stefan and the others are forced to remember what matters most to them. Alaric also appears.

8x06 Detoured On Some Random Backwoods 1 Detoured On Some Random Backwoods Path to Hell Writer: Alan McElroy Director: Paul Wesley December 2, 2016 #8x06
When her children become the focus of the Siren’s latest plan, Caroline takes drastic measures to ensure nothing gets in the way of keeping her family safe. In a race against the clock, Stefan pledges to do everything he can to save the twins, while tensions between Alaric and Caroline boil over, leading them to face some harsh realities about the future of their family. Meanwhile, when Enzo finds himself unable to fight off Sybil’s latest move, Stefan dives into his subconscious and along the way, sets off a chain of events that leaves him faced with a life-changing decision. Bonnie and Matt also appear.

8x07 The Next Time I Hurt Somebody, It Could 11 The Next Time I Hurt Somebody, It Could Be You Writer: Shukree Hassan Tilghman Director: Tanya Hamilton December 9, 2016 #8x07
Faced with the fallout from his interaction with Cade, Stefan is determined to have one thing go right – Christmas Eve with Caroline. However, when Damon and Sybil crash their Christmas Eve dinner, which had been joined by Alaric, Matt and Peter, things quickly take a dark and twisted turn. Meanwhile, in a series of flashbacks to Stefan's past, Cade's tempt to entice him with his mysterious agenda leaves Stefan faced with an unimaginable decision. Bonnie and Enzo also appear.

8x08 We Have History Together 6 We Have History Together Writer: Matthew D'Ambrosio Director: Ian Somerhalder January 13, 2017 #8x08
Stefan and Damon attend an anger management support group looking for their next victim. Sybil is still alive and teaching a group of high school students who she’ll later use as leverage to get Caroline to locate a historical artifact that can be used against her. Meanwhile, Stefan and Damon continue their commitment to Cade as they test the morals of a young doctor, Tara. Matt also appears.

8x09 The Simple Intimacy of the Near Touch 5 The Simple Intimacy of the Near Touch Writer: Neil Reynolds & Penny Cox Director: Geoff Shotz January 20, 2017 #8x09
Stefan and Damon return to Mystic Falls at Sybil’s request as she is still in search of the historical artifact. Bonnie returns from Paris wearing a vile of Enzo’s blood making Caroline, wonder if she will become a vampire. Stefan, Damon, Caroline, Bonnie and Enzo all attend the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant where Sybil continues to taunt Damon with memories of Elena.

8x10 Nab 3 Nostalgia's a Bitch Writer: Brett Matthews Director: Kellie Cyrus January 27, 2017 #8x10
Sybil enacts revenge on Damon by putting him in a catatonic state. Caroline and Bonnie enter Damon's mind and run into familiar faces from the past, only to discover Stefan is the key to Damon's fate. It's a race against time for the bell as both Sybil and her sister Seline jockey for its control. Matt also appears.

8x11 You Made a Choice to Be Good 4 You Made a Choice to Be Good Writer: Celine Geiger & Melinda Hsu Taylor Director: Carol Banker February 3, 2017 #8x11
Cade returns to Mystic Falls and presents Damon and Stefan with additional assignments, each with unthinkable consequences. Even with tension growing in their friendship, Caroline and Matt do their best to protect the town’s residents from Cade’s appetite for their souls. Bonnie and Enzo hit the road on a romantic trip, taking the bell with them in hopes to keep it safe.

8x12 What Are You 6 What Are You? Writer: Chad Fiveash & James Stoteraux Director: Darren Genet February 10, 2017 #8x12
In order to save Stefan's soul, Damon makes a deal with Cade to retrieve the Maxwell journal. Alaric and Matt refuse to hand the journal over as it may contain the key to destroying Cade. Caroline desperately tries to connect with Stefan before Cade goes through with his plan.

8x13 The Lies Are Going to Catch 3 The Lies Will Catch Up To You Writer: Neil Reynolds Director: Tony Solomons February 17, 2017 #8x13
Damon and Alaric come face to face with an old enemy after they obtain a weapon that may be able to destroy Cade. Stefan is held captive by a surprising acquaintance and is forced to confront a dark secret from his past. Meanwhile, Caroline and Matt try to keep Stefan's violent history from destroying him. Cade focuses his attention on Bonnie and digs deep into her mind.

8x14 It's Been a Hell of a Ride 4 It's Been a Hell of a Ride Writer: Brett Matthews & Shukree Hassan Tilghman Director: Pascal Verschooris February 24, 2017 #8x14
Damon and Stefan must join forces against Cade in order to save Elena's casket. Meanwhile, Caroline and Alaric deal with their daughters’ burgeoning magical powers.

8x15 We're Planning a June Wedding 1 We're Planning a June Wedding Writer: Jen Vestuto & Melissa Marlette (story)

Melinda Hsu Taylor (teleplay)

Director: Chris Grismer March 3, 2017 #8x15
A wedding is quickly planned in order for Damon and Stefan to lure a dangerous enemy out into the open. This looming threat puts the fate of Mystic Falls in eminent danger and must be destroyed.

8.16-Elena I Was Feeling Epic Writer: Julie Plec & Kevin Williamson Director: Julie Plec March 10, 2017 #8x16
With the fate of Mystic Falls at stake, Stefan and Damon must fight their greatest enemy for one last battle.

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Foreveryours-promo1 The Vampire Diaries: Forever Yours Writer: Director: March 10, 207 #/
After eight amazing seasons, The Vampire Diaries is coming to a dramatic and epic end. This one-hour retrospective features interviews with past and present cast members and guest stars, a conversation with the executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, behind-the-scenes footage from the final season and special moments from the past eight years.

Production News

  • The series was officially renewed on March 11, 2016 along with The Originals, Arrow, Supernatural, Reign, The 100, The Flash, Jane The Virgin.[1]
  • Julie Plec on her Twitter account announced on Friday May 20, 2016 that she starts work on Monday May 23, 2016 for TVD Season 8 and TO Season 4. [3]
    • Candice King on her Instagram account announced on Monday June 27, 2016 that they start filming the eighth season of The Vampire Diaries on July 18, 2016. [4]
    • Michael A. Allowitz is the director of the first episode of the eighth season. On his Twitter account he has announced on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 scouting locations for the filming the first episode. [5]
    • Michael Malarkey on his Twitter account announced on Wednesday July 20, 2016 filming the first episode of the eighth season. [6]
    • Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec wrote the first episode.[7]
    • Neil Reynolds and Brett Matthews are the writers and Rob Hardy is the director of the fourth episode of the eighth season. [8]
    • Neil Reynolds on his Twitter account announced on Sunday August 21, 2016 start shooting the fourth episode of the eighth season on Monday August 22, 2016. [9]
    • Paul Wesley is the director of the sixth episode of the season.[10]
    • Matthew D'Ambrosio is the writer of the eighth episode of the eighth season. [11]
    • Andi Behring on her Instagram account announced on Thursday October 6, 2016 the end of shooting the eighth episode of the eighth season. [12]
    • Julie Plec on her Twitter account announced on Monday October 10, 2016 filming the ninth episode of the eighth season. [13]
    • Ian Somerhalder is the director of the eighth or the ninth episode of the season.[14]
    • Geoff Shotz is the director of the ninth episode of the eighth season. [15]
    • Kellie Cyrus will direct the tenth episode of the season. [16]
    • Carol Banker is the director of the eleventh episode of the eighth season, [17] Melinda Hsu Taylor and Celine Geiger wrote the episode.[18]
    • Neil Reynolds is the writer and Tony Solomons is directing the thirteenth episode of the season.[19]
    • Pascal Verschooris is the director of the fourteenth episode of the eighth season.[20]
    • Jen Vestuto and Melissa Marlette are the writers of the fifteenth episode of the eighth season. [21]
    • Chris Grismer is the director of the fifteenth episode of the eighth season.[22]
    • Julie Plec and Neil Reynolds on their Twitter accounts announced on Friday December 16, 2016 the official wrap on the TVD writers' room. [23] [24]
    • Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson also wrote the final episode of the season and thus the series overall, which will be directed by Julie Plec. [25] [14]
      • The final draft for 816 was finished on January 20, 2017. [26]and the last table read was on January 24, 2017 [27]
      • Filming of the final episode are held from January 26, 2017 to February 8, 2017. [28]



  • According to Julie Plec The Vampire Diaries’ end date depends on Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder.
    Julie Plec: "I finally realized that my destiny on this show, creatively, is tied in to Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. And I mean that in a really good way. As long as those boys who I now consider my friends want to keep telling the story, then I won't walk away from telling the story." [31]
    • Kat Graham will leave the show after this season. [32]
    • Ian Somerhalder on his twitter account renounced his announcement that the eighth season will be the last of The Vampire Diaries, but is likely to be his last season. [33]
    • After a flurry of announcements (and some retractions) by cast members in the past couple of months that the upcoming eighth season will be the series’ last, the CW president Mark Pedowitz said that “no determination” has been made yet. “In my dreams it isn’t, but we will see how the audience will react,” he said. Also not set yet is the size of the show’s eighth season. That will be done in the next few weeks. [34]
    • At Comic-Con the eighth season was confirmed as final. [35]


It starts in the Fall of 2017, roughly 2 or 3 months after the events of the seventh season finale and goes on until March 7, 2018. (circa 6 months). It also shows the events that occurs far into the future (probably around 60 years or so).





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