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| airdate = March 12, 2015
 
| airdate = March 12, 2015
| writer = [[Brian Young]] & <br> [[Caroline Dries]]
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| viewers = 1.30 million
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| writer = [[Brian Young]] & [[Caroline Dries]]
 
| director = [[Ian Somerhalder]]
 
| director = [[Ian Somerhalder]]
 
| previous = [[Let Her Go]]
 
| previous = [[Let Her Go]]
 
| next = [[A Bird in a Gilded Cage]]
 
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{{Character Quote|<small>'''[[Caroline Forbes|Caroline]]''': Anyway, in return for my good behavior, I want a year while I don't have to feel pain, or grief, or remorse. You're not gonna lock me in a cell and dry me out, and you're ''definitely'' not gonna try to trigger some lightened emotion, hoping to snap my humanity back on.<br />'''[[Elena Gilbert|Elena]]''': So, all you want is for us to leave you alone, and then you promise not to kill anyone?<br />'''[[Caroline Forbes|Caroline]]''': That's all. And granted, if anyone tries anything to flip my switch back on, and I mean.. ''anything'', I'll become your worst nightmare.</small>|<small>'''Caroline''' to '''[[Elena and Bonnie]]''' after having turned her humanity off</small>}}
'''<u>{{PAGENAME}}</u>''' 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.
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'''The Downward Spiral''' 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 overall.
   
 
==Summary==
 
==Summary==
 
[[File:The Vampire Diaries 6x16 Extended Promo - The Downward Spiral HD|thumb|right|250px]]
 
[[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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'''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 Worlds|prison world]], [[Damon Salvatore|Damon]]'s world is turned upside when he learns some devastating news about his mother [[Lillian Salvatore|Lily]]. Elsewhere, [[Lorenzo St. John|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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==Plot==
 
==Plot==
Caroline gets good and drunk at the bar after her mom's funeral. With her humanity off, she's more concerned about her sore feet than her mom's death. She runs into Liam, Elena's old crush, and propositions him. Outside mid-make-out, Caroline's vampire side takes over and she attacks.
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Meanwhile, Elena and Stefan take stock of what Caroline has left behind. Her house and dorm room have been completely cleaned out. When Elena gets off the phone, she is stunned when she turns around and sees Bonnie standing there, back from Prison World.
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Elsewhere, Damon furious digs up his mother's coffin, to see if she's in there, while Kai makes unhelpful snide remarks. Damon turned to Kai for input on Prison Worlds, even though he says he's sure his mother died of comsumption. Then he opens the coffin -- it's empty. "Congratulations, everything you know of your mother is wrong," Kai gloats.
 
 
Enzo lets Sarah take pictures of him from a distance, pretending not to notice but putting on a vampire show for her to stoke her curiosity after he ran over than saved Matt.
 
 
In the Whitmore dorm, Bonnie and Elena toast Bonnie's return. She asks Elena not to tell Jeremy she's back yet. They're surprised when Caroline strolls in with shopping bags. She doesn't even register Bonnie at first, and then is not excited when she notices. She announces she fed on Liam, but the voice in her head that usually tells her to stop never piped up. But she stopped because she didn't want to deal with hiding his body.
 
 
She tells Elena and Caroline that she wants one year with no one trying to turn her humanity back on by any means, and in return, she won't kill anyone. And if not, she'll become their worst nightmare.
 
 
Stefan calls Damon from Whitmore, blaming himself for Caroline turning off her humanity.
 
 
Making himself at home in the Salvatore house, Kai needles Damon for not telling Stefan their mother is locked in a 1903 prison world and therefore a psychopath. Damon wants his help getting the 1903 ascendant and sending Damon to the prison world, in return Kai, with his newfound Luke emotions, wants to see Bonnie and apologize to her.
 
 
Sarah tries to get answers from Enzo about what he is. When he tells her he's a vampire, Sarah is unimpressed. "I thought there'd be more to it," she says. Caroline sees them and doesn't care what Enzo is up to with Sarah. She invites him to Whitmore's warehouse party tonight.
 
 
Stefan finds Liam at the hospital and compares him for answers. All he knows is he made out with Caroline. He mentions the warehouse party to Stefan, who calls Elena.
 
 
Later that night, Elena and Bonnie arrive at the rave and split up to look for Caroline. Elena finds her draped around a young man, who she threatens to bite to toy with Elena. Bonnie has to fend off a handsy man on the dance floor and finally uses magic to singe his hands.
 
 
Stefan and Elena talk about what to do with Caroline. Elena points out she hasn't killed anyone yet and just restocked the blood bags in her fridge. She thinks Caroline might be able to manage having no humanity, but guilt-wracked Stefan isn't so sure. He has a plan.
 
 
Stefan brings rage girl Caroline a shot at the bar.
 
 
Damon calls Bonnie and she's happy for the friendly voice. He explains about Kai post Luke-merge: "He went from a sociopathic caterpillar to a slightly less evil butterfly."
 
 
Bonnie doesn't buy it and asks him never to bring up Kai again. Damon bites his tongue.
 
 
When he breaks the news to Kai, Kai taunts him with info about his mother. Lily was captured on a dock in New York City in 1903, on her way from Europe. That's all Kai will spill until Bonnie agrees to meet with him.
 
 
Back at the rave, Stefan admits to Caroline that he feels guilty for being a jerk at her mom's funeral. He insists on telling her that he likes her and thinks her angry response is a sign that there's a chance. He promises to be there for her if she turns her humanity back on. Instead, she turns on him then goes off to find Liam. She asks how his surgery skills are. He points out that as second year pre-med, they're terrible. Caroline thinks that's perfect.
 
 
Outside, Enzo tells Caroline about Sarah's non-reaction to his vampire news. Caroline suggests that Stefan compelled her not to care to protect her.
 
 
Caroline comes on to Enzo as a guise to steal his phone, but he's not interested when she's not herself.
 
 
Back in the rave, Bonnie is overwhelmed and tries to find a quiet corner. Damon finds her and reveals that he brought Kai with him.
 
 
As Kai struggles to choke out an apology, Bonnie remembers all the times he tried to kill her. "If I see your face again, I will melt it off," she says, then storms out.
 
 
Stefan finds Elena and happily reports that "it worked" and he's Caroline's emotional trigger. He thinks if they lock her up he can push until he breaks through. But then he gets a call from Enzo's phone. It's Caroline. She reveals that not only does Enzo have Sarah's number in his phone, but she has just called her.
 
 
When Sarah joins Caroline at the empty diner, Caroline tells Stefan on the phone that she plans to kill Sarah.
 
 
Bonnie runs back to the Whitmore dorm to try to cool off. Damon finds her and tries to explain why he brought Kai to her. Instead, Bonnie turns on him, using magic to do to Damon all the things that Kai did to her, including shooting her in the stomach with an arrow and strangling her, then finally stabbing her.
 
 
As Damon struggles not to fall over, Bonnie tells him the worst part was that Kai left her alone. Damon tries to apologize, but she yells at him to get out.
 
 
Stefan and Elena arrive at the bar to find Caroline making margaritas. Liam is with Sarah on speaker phone -- practicing his surgical skills against his will.
 
 
Stefan apologizes for pushing her as Elena tries to convince Caroline she'll regret it. Caroline knows Stefan is the one person who can bring her back, so she tells Stefan that to save Sarah, all he has to do is turn his humanity off.
 
 
When he refuses, Caroline tells Liam to cut out Sarah's spleen. He starts cutting and Stefan and Elena can hear Sarah's screams. Stefan reminds Liam about the conversation they had earlier about honesty and asks where he is. Elena races for Whitmore medical.
 
 
Caroline ups the stakes, telling Liam to take out Sarah's heart. Stefan rushes Caroline and throws her through the air. As she's on the floor, she trips him, then grabs a nearby broken table leg and stakes him through the back.
 
 
Damon demands answers when Kai returns home. He says there are only two prison worlds -- his and Damon's mom, and she's better off staying there. When Damon attacks him, Kai announces that Damon's mom is a ripper. She turned in 1958, faked her death and went to Europe where she killed upwards of 3,000 people. She killed everyone on the ship back to New York and the scene was so gruesome, they had to burn the ship at the harbor.
 
 
Damon is livid and sick.
 
 
Back in her room, Bonnie leaves Jeremy a message saying she's not sure she's the same Bonnie he wants to be with. She wants to figure herself out, then come see him.
 
 
Elena arrives at Whitmore Medical and listens for Sarah. Down in the basement, Liam takes out a saw to cut open Sarah.
 
 
Over the phone, Caroline tells Liam to kill Sarah and call her. Elena calls Stefan's phone and reports she can't find them anywhere.
 
 
Stefan considers his options then tells Elena to be sure to bring him back. He turns off his humanity.
 
 
Then Elena finds Liam and Sarah. She's cut open, but still intact. Elena feeds Sarah her blood, then breaks Liam's wrists when his compulsion makes him want to take out Sarah's heart.
 
 
Elena calls Stefan, but he's already several margaritas of evil in.
 
   
 
==Cast==
 
==Cast==
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*[[Zach Roerig]] as [[Matt Donovan]] <small>(credit only)</small>
 
*[[Zach Roerig]] as [[Matt Donovan]] <small>(credit only)</small>
 
*[[Michael Trevino]] as [[Tyler Lockwood]] <small>(credit only)</small>
 
*[[Michael Trevino]] as [[Tyler Lockwood]] <small>(credit only)</small>
*[[Matt Davis]] as [[Alaric Saltzman]] <small>(credit only)</small>
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*[[Matthew Davis|Matt Davis]] as [[Alaric Saltzman]] <small>(credit only)</small>
*[[Michael Malarkey]] as [[Lorenzo|Enzo]]
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*[[Michael Malarkey]] as [[Lorenzo St. John|Enzo]]
 
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===Recurring Cast===
 
===Recurring Cast===
*[[Annie Wersching]] as [[Lillian Salvatore|Lily Salvatore]] <small>(credit only)</small>
 
 
*[[Tristin Mays]] as [[Sarah Nelson]]
 
*[[Tristin Mays]] as [[Sarah Nelson]]
 
*[[Marco James]] as [[Liam Davis]]
 
*[[Marco James]] as [[Liam Davis]]
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===Co-Starring===
 
===Co-Starring===
*[[imdb:nm5384990|Lane Miller]] as Bartender
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*[[Season Six Co-Stars#The Downward Spiral|Lane Miller]] as [[Season Six Minor Characters#The Downward Spiral|Bartender]]
*[[imdb:nm6025373|Jeremy C. Turner]] as Seth
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*[[Season Six Co-Stars#The Downward Spiral|Jeremy C. Turner]] as [[Season Six Minor Characters#The Downward Spiral|Seth]]
   
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*[[Season Six Co-Stars#The Downward Spiral|Steven A.D. Taylor]] as Raver
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*[[Season Six Co-Stars#The Downward Spiral|Chace Beck]] as Dancing Patron
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*[[Season Six Co-Stars#The Downward Spiral|Laidee P. Jas]] as Raving Party Kid
 
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* The title refers to [[Caroline Forbes|Caroline]] dealing with her mother's death with her humanity switch'' off''.
 
* 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.
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*[[Damon Salvatore|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.
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**Like his girlfriend Elena, he learns his mother isn't just dead but also a vampire.
*Elena is the fourth character to learn the secret of [[Sarah Nelson]] (Salvatore) from Stefan after Enzo, Matt and Caroline.
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*Elena is the fourth character to learn the secret of [[Sarah Nelson]] (Salvatore) from Stefan, after Enzo, Matt and Caroline.
*Bonnie learns the following:
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*Bonnie is informed of the following updates after returning from the 1994 Prison World in the [[Let Her Go|previous episode]]:
 
**Caroline has turned off her humanity because her mother Liz died.
 
**Caroline has turned off her humanity because her mother Liz died.
**That Jeremy moved to Santa Fe for art school.
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**Jeremy moved to Santa Fe for art school.
**Elena dated a premed student named Liam and then compelled any memory that they even dated..
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**Elena dated a premed student named Liam, and then compelled him to forget everything about their relationship after she was forced to reveal she was a vampire (which she also made him forget)
**That Elena compelled away her memories of loving Damon.
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**Elena compelled away her memories of loving Damon after she thought he died.
 
*It's revealed that rave parties aren't the type of parties Elena likes to attend.
 
*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.
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*Caroline gave the Mystic Falls Gang an ultimatum in this episode: as long as the others do not push her to turn on her humanity for a year, she will not kill anyone or do any other horrible things that humanity-less vampires usually do.
 
* Liam has been compelled at least three times in this episode:
 
* 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.
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** Twice by Caroline to forget her feeding on him and later to kill [[Sarah Nelson|Sarah]] via amateur surgery.
 
** Once by Stefan to see if he remembers Caroline feeding on him.
 
** 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.
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*Elena arrives just in time to Whitmore Medical Center in order to save Sarah's life before Liam (compelled by Caroline) could cut out her heart. She heals Sarah with her blood and is forced to break Liam's hands to keep him from trying to complete Caroline's orders.
* [[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.
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* [[Stefan Salvatore|Stefan]] turns off his humanity after Caroline threatens to kill [[Sarah Nelson|Sarah]], his great grand-niece, if he doesn't do so. Her reasoning for forcing him to turn off her humanity is because she knows Stefan is her emotional trigger and doesn't want him to be used to turn her humanity back on.
** This marks the first time in the series to have two vampires with their humanities turned off in one episode.
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** This marks the first time in the series to have two vampires with their humanity 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.
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* [[Lillian Salvatore]], Stefan and Damon's mother, is discovered to not only be "alive," but that she is both a [[vampire]] and a [[Ripper]], which is why she was trapped in a [[Prison Worlds|Prison World]] in 1903. According to [[Malachai Parker|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.
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**This makes her the fifth parent and the fourth mother of another character turned into a vampire before their children were turned, after [[Katerina Petrova|Katherine]], [[Pearl]] (though [[Annabelle|Anna]] may have been turned at the same time) and [[Isobel Flemming|Isobel]].
**Mikael doesn't count as he was made into a vampire around the same time as his children.
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***[[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.
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**This story was proven to be not entirely accurate in ''[[I Never Could Love Like That]]'', when [[Josette Laughlin|Jo]] calls her father [[Joshua Parker|Joshua]] and learns that Lily wasn't the only person trapped in the 1903 Prison World—she was also imprisoned with six of her companions who were exiled from the Gemini Coven because they were [[Siphoner]]s like Kai. To make matters worse, Lily turned them all into vampires, but because they didn't technically possess their own magic, they retained their ability to siphon magic (including the magic in their own vampirism, which was a limitless power source) and use it to perform [[witchcraft]]. These Siphoner-vampire hybrids became known as the [[Heretics]].
*Enzo thanks to Caroline realizes that Sarah has been compelled by Stefan to have no reaction when she learns about vampires.
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* [[Bonnie Bennett|Bonnie]] is having difficulty re-adapting 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.
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*[[Lorenzo St. John|Enzo]], thanks to Caroline's help, realizes that Sarah has been compelled by Stefan to not be at all impressed or intrigued by the existence of vampires, as he hoped it meant that she would never be drawn to them or want to become one herself.
 
* Kai confirms that there are only two prison worlds created by the [[Gemini Coven]]: his own in 1994 and Lily's in 1903.
 
* Kai confirms that there are only two prison worlds created by the [[Gemini Coven]]: his own in 1994 and Lily's in 1903.
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* Elena mentions [[Season Four Minor Characters#American Gothic|Jolene]] (though not by name), the waitress she killed when she had her humanity turned off.
   
 
==Continuity==
 
==Continuity==
* Continues the trend of not featuring [[Tyler Lockwood|Tyler]] in the 16th episode of each season so far.
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* This episode 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.
 
** 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'']].
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* [[Lorenzo St. John|Enzo]] and [[Sarah Nelson|Sarah]] were last seen in ''[[Stay]]''.
* [[Liam Davis|Liam]] was last seen in [[Fade Into You|''Fade Into You'']].
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* [[Liam Davis|Liam]] was last seen in ''[[Fade Into You]]''.
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* Elena references Jolene, the young waitress she killed when she had her humanity turned off. She killed Jolene in the [[Season Four]] episode ''[[American Gothic]]''.
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* When Bonnie reunites with the Elena, she is updated on many of the things that she missed while she was gone. This list includes Caroline turning off her humanity following the death of her mother, Jeremy moving to Santa Fe for art school (or so Elena believes, anyway), Elena's relationship with Liam, and her decision to have Alaric compel away her memories of loving Damon.
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** Liz died in ''[[Stay]]'', and Caroline turned her humanity off at the end of ''[[Let Her Go]]''.
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** Jeremy left for "art school" in ''[[Stay]]''.
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** Elena began her relationship with Liam in ''[[Welcome to Paradise]]''. They broke up in ''[[Fade Into You]]'', when Elena was forced to confess that she was a vampire and subsequently compelled him to forget both her supernatural identity and the fact that they were ever in a relationship.
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** Elena had Alaric compel away her memories of loving Damon in ''[[Yellow Ledbetter]]''.
 
* This episode marks the first time in the series that Stefan willingly turns off his humanity.
 
* 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.
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**It's also the second time in the series that Stefan has done so. The first was in [[Season Three]]'s ''[[The Reckoning]]'' by [[Niklaus Mikaelson|Klaus]] compelling him to do so.
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==Locations==
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*McKinley, Virginia
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**[[Whitmore College]]
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***[[Elena, Caroline and Bonnie's Dorm Room|Elena and Caroline's Dorm Room]]
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***[[Whitmore College#Inner Locations|Scull bar]]
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***Coffee house
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**[[Whitmore Hospital]]
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**[[Warehouses#Whitmore Warehouse|Warehouse]]
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*[[Mystic Falls|Mystic Falls, Virginia]]
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**[[Forbes House]]
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**[[Mystic Falls Cemetery]]
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**[[Salvatore Boarding House]]
   
 
==Behind the Scenes==
 
==Behind the Scenes==
*This episode marks [[Ian Somerhalder]]'s directorial debut in ''[[The Vampire Diaries (TV Series)|The Vampire Diaries]]''.
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*This episode had about 1.30 million viewers in the USA.
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*This episode marks [[Ian Somerhalder]]'s directorial debut in {{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]].''
 
**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.
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**According to Ericka Winchester, a PA on the series, this episode with started filming January 22, 2015.
* There is a 3 weeks hiatus between this episode and the previous episode, [[Let Her Go|''Let Her Go'']].
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* There is a three week hiatus between this episode and the previous episode, ''[[Let Her Go]]''.
*Caroline's hairstyle was inspired by Britney Spears ("Slave For You").<ref>https://twitter.com/CandiceAccola/status/576179351596593152</ref>
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*Caroline's hairstyle was inspired by Britney Spears in her "Slave For You" music video.<ref>https://twitter.com/CandiceAccola/status/576179351596593152</ref>
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*Hashtag during the airing is [https://twitter.com/search?q=%23DirectorSomerhalder #DirectorSomerhalder]
   
 
==Cultural References==
 
==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}}.
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* "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.
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** 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 and hits rock bottom.
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*Enzo mentions {{w|Anne Rice}} (who wrote ''{{w|The Vampire Chronicles}}''), Bram Stoker's ''{{w|Dracula}}'' and the ''{{w|Twilight (novel series)|Twilight saga}}''.
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==Quotes==
 
==Quotes==
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'''Extended Promo'''
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:[[Stefan Salvatore|'''Stefan''']] (to '''[[Elena Gilbert|Elena]]'''): ''"Caroline is going to snap."''
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:[[Elena Gilbert|'''Elena''']]: (to [[Stefan Salvatore|'''Stefan''']]) "''She's not actually hurting anyone. No students are missing."''
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:[[Damon Salvatore|'''Damon''']]: (to [[Bonnie Bennett|'''Bonnie''']]) "''Uh oh. Caroline fly off the rails? If so, I called it."''
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:[[Elena Gilbert|'''Elena''']]: (to [[Caroline Forbes|'''Caroline''']]) "''What did you do to [[Liam Davis|Liam]]?"''
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:[[Caroline Forbes|'''Caroline''']]: "''I ate him." ''
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:[[Caroline Forbes|'''Caroline''']]: (to [[Elena Gilbert|'''Elena''']]) "''I flipped my humanity switch, Elena."''
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:[[Bonnie Bennett|'''Bonnie''']]: "''It's weird. It's like she's Caroline, but not." ''
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Caroline: Anyway, in return for my good behavior, I want a year while I don't have to feel pain, or grief, or remorse. You're not gonna lock me in a cell and dry me out, and you're definitely not gonna try to trigger some lightened emotion, hoping to snap my humanity back on.
Elena: So, all you want is for us to leave you alone, and then you promise not to kill anyone?
Caroline: That's all. And granted, if anyone tries anything to flip my switch back on, and I mean.. anything, I'll become your worst nightmare.
Caroline to Elena and Bonnie after having turned her humanity off


The Downward Spiral is the sixteenth episode of the sixth season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and twenty-seventh episode of the series overall.

SummaryEdit

The Vampire Diaries 6x16 Extended Promo - The Downward Spiral HD

The Vampire Diaries 6x16 Extended Promo - The Downward Spiral HD

IAN SOMERHALDER MAKES HIS DIRECTORIAL DEBUT. — After shutting off her humanity following the death of her mother, Caroline gives her friends an unexpected ultimatum. Not knowing how to handle the new Caroline, Stefan's attempt to intervene sets off a dangerous chain of events, leaving him and Elena in a race against the clock. Meanwhile, after seeking answers from Kai about the prison world, Damon's world is turned upside when he learns some devastating news about his mother Lily. Elsewhere, Enzo finds himself becoming increasingly intrigued by Sarah, and Bonnie begins to struggle with the effects of being back in the real world.


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TriviaEdit

  • The title refers to Caroline dealing with her mother's death with her humanity switch off.
  • Damon digs up 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 just dead but also a vampire.
  • Elena is the fourth character to learn the secret of Sarah Nelson (Salvatore) from Stefan, after Enzo, Matt and Caroline.
  • Bonnie is informed of the following updates after returning from the 1994 Prison World in the previous episode:
    • Caroline has turned off her humanity because her mother Liz died.
    • Jeremy moved to Santa Fe for art school.
    • Elena dated a premed student named Liam, and then compelled him to forget everything about their relationship after she was forced to reveal she was a vampire (which she also made him forget)
    • Elena compelled away her memories of loving Damon after she thought he died.
  • It's revealed that rave parties aren't the type of parties Elena likes to attend.
  • Caroline gave the Mystic Falls Gang an ultimatum in this episode: as long as the others do not push her to turn on her humanity for a year, she will not kill anyone or do any other horrible things that humanity-less vampires usually do.
  • 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 via amateur surgery.
    • Once by Stefan to see if he remembers Caroline feeding on him.
  • Elena arrives just in time to Whitmore Medical Center in order to save Sarah's life before Liam (compelled by Caroline) could cut out her heart. She heals Sarah with her blood and is forced to break Liam's hands to keep him from trying to complete Caroline's orders.
  • Stefan turns off his humanity after Caroline threatens to kill Sarah, his great grand-niece, if he doesn't do so. Her reasoning for forcing him to turn off her humanity is because she knows Stefan is her emotional trigger and doesn't want him to be used to turn her humanity back on.
    • This marks the first time in the series to have two vampires with their humanity turned off in one episode.
  • Lillian Salvatore, Stefan and Damon's mother, is discovered to not only be "alive," but that she is both a vampire and a Ripper, which is why she was trapped in a Prison World in 1903. 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 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 (though Anna may have 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.
    • This story was proven to be not entirely accurate in I Never Could Love Like That, when Jo calls her father Joshua and learns that Lily wasn't the only person trapped in the 1903 Prison World—she was also imprisoned with six of her companions who were exiled from the Gemini Coven because they were Siphoners like Kai. To make matters worse, Lily turned them all into vampires, but because they didn't technically possess their own magic, they retained their ability to siphon magic (including the magic in their own vampirism, which was a limitless power source) and use it to perform witchcraft. These Siphoner-vampire hybrids became known as the Heretics.
  • Bonnie is having difficulty re-adapting 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's help, realizes that Sarah has been compelled by Stefan to not be at all impressed or intrigued by the existence of vampires, as he hoped it meant that she would never be drawn to them or want to become one herself.
  • Kai confirms that there are only two prison worlds created by the Gemini Coven: his own in 1994 and Lily's in 1903.
  • Elena mentions Jolene (though not by name), the waitress she killed when she had her humanity turned off.

ContinuityEdit

  • This episode continues the trend of not featuring 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.
  • Enzo and Sarah were last seen in Stay.
  • Liam was last seen in Fade Into You.
  • Elena references Jolene, the young waitress she killed when she had her humanity turned off. She killed Jolene in the Season Four episode American Gothic.
  • When Bonnie reunites with the Elena, she is updated on many of the things that she missed while she was gone. This list includes Caroline turning off her humanity following the death of her mother, Jeremy moving to Santa Fe for art school (or so Elena believes, anyway), Elena's relationship with Liam, and her decision to have Alaric compel away her memories of loving Damon.
    • Liz died in Stay, and Caroline turned her humanity off at the end of Let Her Go.
    • Jeremy left for "art school" in Stay.
    • Elena began her relationship with Liam in Welcome to Paradise. They broke up in Fade Into You, when Elena was forced to confess that she was a vampire and subsequently compelled him to forget both her supernatural identity and the fact that they were ever in a relationship.
    • Elena had Alaric compel away her memories of loving Damon in Yellow Ledbetter.
  • This episode marks the first time in the series that Stefan willingly turns off his humanity.

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Cultural ReferencesEdit

  • "The Downward Spiral" is a song by Nine Inch Nails, released March 8, 1994 on their album of the 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 and hits rock bottom.
  • Enzo mentions Anne Rice (who wrote The Vampire Chronicles), Bram Stoker's Dracula and the Twilight saga.

QuotesEdit

Extended Promo

Stefan (to Elena): "Caroline is going to snap."
Elena: (to Stefan) "She's not actually hurting anyone. No students are missing."
Damon: (to Bonnie) "Uh oh. Caroline fly off the rails? If so, I called it."
Elena: (to Caroline) "What did you do to Liam?"
Caroline: "I ate him."
Caroline: (to Elena) "I flipped my humanity switch, Elena."
Bonnie: "It's weird. It's like she's Caroline, but not."


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Last.fm_play.png "Contagious" – Night Riots
Last.fm_play.png "England Skies" – Shake Shake Go
Last.fm_play.png "Start Again" – Israel Cannan
Last.fm_play.png "Mind Of A Beast" – The Glitch Mob
Last.fm_play.png "Skullclub" – The Glitch Mob
Last.fm_play.png "Wild Child" – Adrian Lux & Marcus Schossow feat JJ
Last.fm_play.png "Our Demons" – The Glitch Mob
Last.fm_play.png "Who Needs Pain" – Unified feat Jan Burton
Last.fm_play.png "No Frontiers" – Unified feat Jan Burton
Last.fm_play.png "Satisfy" – Nero
Last.fm_play.png "Third Day Of A Seven Day Binge" – Marilyn Manson
Last.fm_play.png "Out Of The Black" – Royal Blood


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