You need help. [...] From Nature. The elements. Just things that you can draw extra power from. Have you ever channeled another witch before? [...] We can double our strength.
Luka to Bonnie

The Sacrifice is the tenth episode of the second season of The Vampire Diaries and the thirty-second episode of the series overall.


JEREMY MAKES A DANGEROUS MISTAKEElena decides to take matters into her own hands and offers a tempting incentive to Rose for her help. When things take an unexpected turn, however, Rose calls on Damon to deal with the plan Elena has set in motion, which involves her trying to get Klaus's attention. Jeremy’s reckless attempt to help Bonnie retrieve the moonstone lands him in a life-threatening position and forces Stefan to put himself in danger to protect him from Katherine. Bonnie and Luka form a closer connection. Tyler shows Caroline the Lockwood cellar, where she makes a discovery that leaves them both terrified.



Main Cast

Recurring Cast



  • Antagonist: Elijah Mikaelson.
  • Elena plans to hand herself over to Klaus to protect her friends but Damon (informed by Rose) stops her.
  • Elena, Damon and Rose learn that Elijah is still alive, confirming that Original Vampires cannot be killed by wooden stakes.
  • Both Elena and Damon are puzzled that Elijah didn't take her.
    • However, Elijah later explains to Jonas that he left her with Damon because he knew he and Stefan would do anything to protect her.
  • The episode ends with Stefan and Katherine trapped in the Tomb.
  • Katherine's Tintype photo is destroyed in this episode, which we learn actually belonged to her and which Stefan kept after her supposed death in 1864.
  • This is the third episode of Season Two to have all the main characters in it. The previous two episodes are Plan B and Masquerade.
  • In this episode, Damon begins a friendship with Rose.
  • Marcos Siega directed Mason's transformation video.
  • Jeremy going in for a kiss with Bonnie was not scripted.


Body Count

Production Notes

  • Katerina Graham's cover of Garbage's "Only Happy When It Rains" was used in the soundtrack for this episode.

Cultural References

Behind the Scenes

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Garreth Stover

  • This episode had about 3.46 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.04 million less than the previous episode.
  • One of Slater's vampire contacts is Garreth Stover, production designer.


Elena: "Sound like you guys already have it all planned out."
Damon: "Yup, we're awesome!"

Elena: "I don't question why everyone tries so hard to save me. You shouldn't question why I try so hard to save everyone else."

Damon: (to Elena) "Get your ass out the door before I throw you over my shoulder and carry you out myself."

Damon: "I'd rather poke my eyes out."
Katherine: "They're such pretty eyes."

Elena: "They`re willing to risk everyone that I love, and I`m not."

Damon: "I killed you. You were dead."
Elijah: "For centuries now."

Elijah: "I'm Elijah."



Last.fm_play.png "Only Happy When It Rains" – Katerina Graham
Last.fm_play.png "Love’s To Blame" – For King & Country
Last.fm_play.png "No Way Out" – Rie Sinclair and Mike Suby


See also

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