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{{episode
 
| season = 6
 
| number = 16
 
| image = 6x162.jpg
 
| episode number = 16
 
| airdate = March 12, 2015
 
| writer = [[Brian Young]] & <br> [[Caroline Dries]]
 
| director = [[Ian Somerhalder]]
 
| previous = [[Let Her Go]]
 
| next = [[A Bird in a Gilded Cage]]
 
}}
 
 
'''{{PAGENAME}}''' is the sixteenth episode of the [[Season Six|sixth season]] of [[The Vampire Diaries (TV series)|The Vampire Diaries]] and the one hundred and twenty-seventh episode of the series.
 
 
==Summary==
 
[[File:The Vampire Diaries 6x16 Extended Promo - The Downward Spiral HD|thumb|right|250px]]
 
'''IAN SOMERHALDER MAKES HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT''' — After shutting off her humanity following the death of her mother, [[Caroline Forbes|Caroline]] gives her friends an unexpected ultimatum. Not knowing how to handle the new Caroline, [[Stefan Salvatore|Stefan]]'s attempt to intervene sets off a dangerous chain of events, leaving him and [[Elena Gilbert|Elena]] in a race against the clock. Meanwhile, after seeking answers from [[Malachai Parker|Kai]] about the prison world, [[Damon Salvatore|Damon]]'s world is turned upside when he learns some devastating news about his mother [[Lillian Salvatore|Lily]]. Elsewhere, [[Lorenzo|Enzo]] finds himself becoming increasingly intrigued by [[Sarah Nelson|Sarah]], and [[Bonnie Bennett|Bonnie]] begins to struggle with the effects of being back in the real world.
 
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==Cast==
 
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===Main Cast===
 
*[[Nina Dobrev]] as [[Elena Gilbert]]
 
*[[Paul Wesley]] as [[Stefan Salvatore]]
 
*[[Ian Somerhalder]] as [[Damon Salvatore]]
 
*[[Steven R. McQueen]] as [[Jeremy Gilbert]] <small>(voice only)</small>
 
*[[Kat Graham]] as [[Bonnie Bennett]]
 
*[[Candice Accola]] as [[Caroline Forbes]]
 
*[[Zach Roerig]] as [[Matt Donovan]] <small>(credit only)</small>
 
*[[Michael Trevino]] as [[Tyler Lockwood]] <small>(credit only)</small>
 
*[[Matt Davis]] as [[Alaric Saltzman]] <small>(credit only)</small>
 
*[[Michael Malarkey]] as [[Lorenzo|Enzo]]
 
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===Recurring Cast===
 
*[[Annie Wersching]] as [[Lillian Salvatore|Lily Salvatore]] <small>(credit only)</small>
 
*[[Tristin Mays]] as [[Sarah Nelson]]
 
*[[Marco James]] as [[Liam Davis]]
 
*[[Chris Wood]] as [[Malachai Parker|Kai Parker]]
 
 
===Co-Starring===
 
*[[imdb:nm5384990|Lane Miller]] as Bartender
 
*[[imdb:nm6025373|Jeremy C. Turner]] as Seth
 
 
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==Trivia==
 
* Antagonist: [[Caroline Forbes]].
 
 
* The title refers to [[Caroline Forbes|Caroline]] dealing with her mother's death with her humanity switch'' off''.
 
*[[Damon]] digs up [[Lillian Salvatore|his mother]]'s coffin to prove that she is dead but he finds it empty.
 
**Like his girlfriend Elena, he learns his mother isn't dead but a vampire as well.
 
*Elena is the fourth character to learn the secret of [[Sarah Nelson]] (Salvatore) from Stefan after Enzo, Matt and Caroline.
 
*Bonnie learns the following:
 
**Caroline has turned off her humanity because her mother Liz died.
 
**That Jeremy moved to Santa Fe for art school.
 
**Elena dated a premed student named Liam and then compelled any memory that they even dated..
 
**That Elena compelled away her memories of loving Damon.
 
*It's revealed that rave parties aren't the type of parties Elena likes to attend.
 
*Caroline gave her ultimatum in this episode, as long as the others do not push her to turn on her humanity for a year, she will not do any terrible things.
 
* Liam has been compelled at least three times in this episode:
 
** Twice by Caroline to forget her feeding on him and later to kill [[Sarah Salvatore|Sarah]] by surgery.
 
** Once by Stefan to see if he remembers Caroline feeding on him.
 
*Elena arrives in time at the Medical Center to save Sarah's life, before Liam can cut out her heart as ordered to do so by Caroline. She heals Sarah with her blood and is forced to break Liam's hands to keep him from trying to still remove Sarah's heart.
 
* [[Stefan]] turns off his humanity after Caroline blackmails him that she would kill [[Sarah]], his great niece. She does this because Stefan is her emotional trigger.
 
** This marks the first time in the series to have two vampires with their humanities turned off in one episode.
 
* [[Lillian Salvatore]], Stefan and Damon's mother, is discovered to be a [[vampire]] and a [[ripper]], hence why she is trapped in a [[Prison World]]. According to [[Kai]], she slaughtered and killed over 3,000 people after she was turned. The [[Gemini Coven]] found her and trapped her in the [[Prison Worlds|Prison World]] as a punishment for her crimes.
 
**This makes her the fifth parent and the fourth mother of another character turned into a vampire before their children were turned after Katherine, Pearl (Anna may've been turned at the same time) and Isobel.
 
**Mikael doesn't count as he was made into a vampire around the same time as his children.
 
* [[Bonnie Bennett|Bonnie]] is having difficulty readapting to the world, jumping at the sound of a champagne cork pop and using her magic to burn a man who tried to make out with her at the rave party. When Damon brings Kai to her so that he can apologize, she leaves in anger and later punishes Damon by inflicting the wounds she had suffered at Kai's hands in the prison world.
 
*Enzo thanks to Caroline realizes that Sarah has been compelled by Stefan to have no reaction when she learns about vampires.
 
* Kai confirms that there are only two prison worlds created by the [[Gemini Coven]]: his own in 1994 and Lily's in 1903.
 
 
==Continuity==
 
* Continues the trend of not featuring [[Tyler Lockwood|Tyler]] in the 16th episode of each season so far.
 
** However, in ''[[Bring It On]]'', Tyler did not appear but his voice was heard by a voice mail.
 
* [[Lorenzo|Enzo]] & [[Sarah Nelson|Sarah]] were last seen in [[Stay|''Stay'']].
 
* [[Liam Davis|Liam]] was last seen in [[Fade Into You|''Fade Into You'']].
 
* This episode marks the first time in the series that Stefan willingly turns off his humanity.
 
**It's also the second time in the series that Stefan has done so, the first was in [[Season 3]]'s [[The Reckoning|''The Reckoning'']] by [[Klaus]] compelling him to do so.
 
 
==Behind the Scenes==
 
*This episode marks [[Ian Somerhalder]]'s directorial debut in ''[[The Vampire Diaries (TV Series)|The Vampire Diaries]]''.
 
**He is the second cast member to direct an episode of TVD, the first being [[Paul Wesley]] in [[Season Five]]'s ''[[Resident Evil]] ''and [[Season Six]]'s ''[[Woke Up With a Monster]].''
 
**According to Ericka Winchester a PA on the series this episode with Ian directing started filming January 22, 2015.
 
* There is a 3 weeks hiatus between this episode and the previous episode, [[Let Her Go|''Let Her Go'']].
 
*Caroline's hairstyle was inspired by Britney Spears ("Slave For You").<ref>https://twitter.com/CandiceAccola/status/576179351596593152</ref>
 
 
==Cultural References==
 
* "The Downward Spiral" is a song by {{w|Nine Inch Nails}} released March 8, 1994, on their album of the {{w|The Downward Spiral|same name}}.
 
* This term describes a depressive state where the person experiencing the downward spiral is getting more and more depressed, perhaps due to causes unknown. It is called a downward spiral because there is no way to stop it, it's just going to get worse and worse... until the person crashes.
 
==Quotes==
 
 
==Multimedia==
 
 
===[[Season Six Soundtrack|Soundtrack]]===
 
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===Videos===
 
 
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==References==
 
{{Reflist}}
 
 
==See also==
 
{{VD Episodes}}
 
{{VD Transcripts}}
 
[[Category:Vampire Diaries Episode Guide]]
 
[[Category:Season 6]]
 

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