The Walking Dead is the twenty-second episode of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries and the eighty-eighth episode of the series overall.


SOMETHING WICKED — As Graduation Day approaches, Caroline tries to distract Elena by focusing on simple tasks like sending out announcements, but Elena won’t be swayed from her new obsession. Sheriff Forbes calls Damon and Stefan to the hospital, where someone has been attacking patients. Still trying to force Katherine to help her, Bonnie refuses to give up on her plan to defeat Silas. As a violent wind storm causes a power outage in Mystic Falls, ghosts suddenly appear – some with good intentions while others are bent on revenge. 



Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Special Guest Cast



  • Antagonists: Silas and Kol Mikaelson.
  • Bonnie dropped the veil to the Other Side within the bounds of the Expression Triangle in this episode, allowing the ghosts of seven familiar beings to briefly return to the living world.
  • Bonnie died in this episode. She is the second main character to die this season, after Jeremy died in Down the Rabbit Hole.
    • However, since she became a ghost after her death, she was able to maintain a corporeal form in the living world while the veil to the Other Side was down.
  • Jeremy's tombstone is not the same as it was in Bring It On; however, since it was shown in Bonnie's dream in that episode, it's possible that the first tombstone she saw was merely a figment of her imagination.
  • Kol was the only member of the Original family to come back from the Other Side while the veil was down in Mystic Falls, despite the fact that the three others (Mikael, Esther, and Finn) had their own reasons to want to come back. 
  • Silas was magically petrified by Bonnie using Expression magic.
  • Vaughn appeared as a ghost and confronted Matt and Rebekah, confirming that he did, in fact die on the island.
    • In Graduation, Vaughn informed Damon that he died of starvation on the island after he and Rebekah left him tied up near the well by Silas' tomb.
  • Lexi met Caroline in this episode.
  • Silas takes the form of the following people in which to torment Bonnie to permanently take down the veil to the Other Side and allow him to finally cure himself and die to reunite with his true love in the afterlife.
    • The people he impersonated to torment Bonnie were Caroline, Stefan, Alaric, and his "monster form," the latter of which he used to demonstrate that Bonnie actually had no power over him as he had led her to believe.
  • This episode has the most Brotherhood of the Five hunters to appear in one episode in the present day, as well as the most in one scene.
  • In Season Five's Original Sin, it was revealed that at some point between when Bonnie brought down the veil to the Other Side in this episode and when she brought it back up in Graduation, Qetsiyah managed to resurrect herself so she could better interfere with Silas' plans to escape her eternal punishment.

Body Count



Cultural References

  • The Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard. The series stars Andrew Lincoln as sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating "walkers", resembling zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way. The eponymous title of the series refers to the survivors, and not the zombies.
  • The Walking Dead is the title of the 13th episode of Season 1 of NCIS: New Orleans starring Scott Bakula. It's a spinoff of NCIS whose first season began in 2014.

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had about 2.28 million viewers in the USA, which was 0.11 million more than the previous episode.
  • Hashtag during the airing is #TVDSpooktacular



Liz: "There are four other victims, each one of them almost completely drained of their blood. Do you think it's Silas?"
Stefan: "He's fueling up for something big."
Bonnie: "Silas can be anyone."
Stefan: "Silas."
Bonnie: "It's time to drop the veil."
Katherine: "And by 'drop the veil' you mean unleash all hell on earth?"
Damon: "We need to stop Bonnie from doing the spell."
Silas: "You have no idea who I am."
Kol: "Greetings from the dead."

Stefan: "Hey, here you are. Any luck?
Caroline: "I searched the whole school. She should be here. (A strange sound is heard behind Caroline) What was that?"
Stefan: "Hmm. Ice is melting."
Caroline: "This doesn't make any sense. This is the center of the triangle. If she's gonna do the spell, she has to do it here. This is where they should be."
Stefan: "Actually, I think we're in the right place, just in the wrong elevation."

Caroline: "Stamp, please... Thank you."
Elena: "You don't have to pretend to be nice to me, Caroline. I know this is a ploy to keep me distracted."
Caroline: "You're done? I'm only on my second batch."
Elena: "We have family friends in Denver... other than that, nobody cares that I'm graduating. And to be honest, neither do I."
Caroline: "I know that's how you feel now, but once you get through this hating Katherine phase-"
Elena: "Wait. Do you know where Katherine is?"
Caroline: "No. Why would I know where she is?"
Elena: "Yeah, but Caroline, if you did, you would tell me, right?"
Caroline: "Elena, you're obsessing."
Elena: (grabs Caroline's arm) "Caroline, listen to me, if you know where Katherine is, you have to tell me."
Caroline: "I don't, Elena. Chill."

Elena: "You don't think I can kill Katherine?"
Stefan: "I don't think you really want to."
Elena: "Maybe you're right. Maybe I just want to feel the warmth of her chest cavity as I rip out her heart and watch her face as she realizes I took it from her. Nah, I just want to kill her. It's that simple. I'm gonna go shower."

Damon: (to Matt over the phone) "Do you have any good news for me, Donovan?"

Bonnie: "There's only been one person that's been able to put Silas down, two thousand years ago, and that was Qetsiyah, so I need to go ask her for some advice."



Last.fm_play.png "Sail" – AWOLNATION
Last.fm_play.png "Lean on Me" – Telekinesis
Last.fm_play.png "Things We Lost in the Fire" – Bastille
Last.fm_play.png "Fragile Love" – Adam Agin
Last.fm_play.png "Dream" – The Boxer Rebellion



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