Damon: Bonnie, get out of here.
Bonnie: I'm not gonna make it, but you are.
Damon & Bonnie, before she sends him away from Prison World

The World Has Turned and Left Me Here is the fifth episode of the sixth season of The Vampire Diaries and the one hundred and sixteenth episode of the series overall.


The Vampire Diaries - The World Has Turned and Left Me Here Trailer

The Vampire Diaries - The World Has Turned and Left Me Here Trailer

Homecoming is just around the corner, so Elena invites Liam to attend a party at the corn maze with her. Instead of attending the homecoming festivities, Caroline is preoccupied after Stefan shows up unexpectedly and needs her help cleaning up a mess created by Enzo. Heeding Elena’s advice to be more social, Alaric reluctantly attends the party but a devastating accident quickly leaves him and Jo rushing to save lives. Elsewhere, Tyler finds himself in a dangerous position when his werewolf curse is put to the test, and an emotionally embattled Stefan comes clean to Caroline about his intent to move on from Mystic Falls. Lastly, Damon and Bonnie make an important discovery that affects their quest to get back home.



Main Cast

Special Guest Star

Recurring Cast



  • AntagonistsKai, Ivy & Tripp.
  • With its eight words (thirty letters), this episode has the second longest title.
  • Matt, Jeremy, and Enzo do not appear in this episode.
    • This is the first episode this season not to feature Matt and Jeremy.
  • This establishes that it has been two weeks since the events of Yellow Ledbetter where Elena had Alaric compel away her love for Damon.
    • She tells Alaric that she hasn't changed her mind about having him return her memories of being in love with Damon, who she describes as a "serial killer."
  • Caroline learns that Stefan had planned to leave Ivy with her and leave town before she noticed.
  • This is the first time someone has been shown to jump through time and space through a portal made by Bonnie.
  • Stefan is surprised that Tripp hadn't killed Enzo yet, but Tripp tells him he sending Vampire Hunter's to Savannah because of the intel he was given by Enzo.
  • Luke made a daylight ring for Ivy at Stefan's request, but she never gets it to wear because Tripp captured her before she could receive it.
  • To save Tyler from activating his curse again, Liv kills the student Tyler hit with his car by smothering him before he could die of his injuries.
  • Elena heals the girl playing "Lady Whitmore" at the Homecoming corn maze after Liam leaves, otherwise she would've died. It is also insinuated that she healed others with her blood as well.
  • Elena almost reveals herself as a vampire to Liam when she offers to help heal a woman who would die without a tracheotomy. However, Liam performs the procedure despite only having read about it in his textbook, which impresses Elena.
  • Elena tries setting up Alaric and Jo at the Whitmore College's Homecoming Party at the corn maze, which seems to work, judging by their growing fondness for each other.
  • Jo reveals to Alaric that after med school she went into the U.S. Army because of problems she had with her family.
  • Elena kisses Liam and tells him that the type of guy she's attracted to is the hero-type.
  • Bonnie figures out the spell that created the 1994 Prison World was by a Bennett witch, just as The Other Side was created by Qetsiyah, and that's why Kai can't take her magic and leave himself.
    • However, it was later revealed in Fade Into You that the spell to create a portal with the Ascendant only required the blood of a Bennett witch, and not their magic, which allowed Kai to leave the prison world after taking Bonnie's blood and absorbing the magic from Jo's enchanted knife.
  • This episode marks the return of Damon Salvatore to the present day after four months of being trapped in May 10, 1994.
    • Bonnie sacrifices her chance to return home so Damon could be reunited with Elena and his brother Stefan.
  • Bonnie is now trapped with Kai with few options as to how to leave, since the Ascendant broke apart after Damon left.
  • Jo is shown to be immune to Alaric's compulsion, though the reason for which is unknown as of yet.
  • Caroline watches as Ivy is captured by Tripp as she's arriving to pick her up.
  • When Caroline is walking along the street and notices the car door covered in blood, it can be seen on the billboard above the movie theater that A Nightmare On Elm Street is playing inside.
  • This episode takes its title from a Weezer song of the same name.

Body Count



Behind the Scenes

  • This episode had 1.58 million viewers in the USA, which is 0.08 million less than the previous episode.
  • Hashtag during the airing is #MazeOfMayhem

Cultural References

  • "The World Has Turned and Left Me Here" is a song by Weezer from their eponymous 1994 album.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a TV series that aired from 1997-2003 on The WB/UPN starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as the title character Buffy Summers.
  • Liam mentions Dorothy and Toto, they are characters from the book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and its sequels written by L. Frank Baum
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street is playing at the theater behind Ivy when she feeds on a man after leaving Caroline.


Alaric: "Damon may be gone, but I can still find pleasure in judging his life choices. Speaking of which, have you changed your mind about me compelling you to forget about him yet?"
Elena: "Why do you say, "yet," as if I'm gonna wake up one day and realize that my life is over if I don't have the traumatic memories of loving a serial killer?"

Bonnie: "By "witchy woo", I assume you mean the spell?"

Caroline: "No. I would rather be at the party just like I'd rather have friends who didn't ignore me for months and then use me when they need help."

Stefan: "Her name is Ivy. I was hoping you can compel her to get a handle on things. Get somewhere far away from me, live a good life..."
Alaric: "Are you asking me to help you with a break up?"
Stefan: "I'm just asking you to give her a fresh start."
Alaric: "You mean give you a fresh start. Sorry, Stefan. It's not that easy."
Stefan: "Well it was when you compelled Elena to forget about Damon."
Alaric: "Well you forgot about him first, pal."



Last.fm_play.png "Move Up" – The TVC
Last.fm_play.png "Wasted" – Tiesto Feat. Matthew Koma
Last.fm_play.png "Sun Goes Out" – Daniel Ellsworth * The Great Lakes
Last.fm_play.png "Follow Me" – Jessarae
Last.fm_play.png "Wait" – M83




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