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The Vampire Diaries: Season 3 (2011-2012)

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Air date: Sep 15, 2011
Air date: Sep 22, 2011
Air date: Sep 29, 2011
Air date: Oct 6, 2011
Air date: Oct 13, 2011
Air date: Oct 20, 2011
Air date: Oct 27, 2011
Air date: Nov 3, 2011
Air date: Nov 10, 2011
Air date: Jan 5, 2012
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The CW's number-one series continues for another season of epic romance, suspense and a bloody good thrill ride. Based on the best-selling book series, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is the story of two vampire brothers, obsessed with the same gorgeous girl, who are battling to control the fate of an entire town. Last season, the appearance of the vengeful Katherine Pierce threw a wrench into the love triangle between Stefan, Elena and Damon, and the other residents of Mystic Falls were forced to choose sides as they fell victim to a new breed of danger. Stefan and Damon were later met with their greatest challenge yet -- the arrivals of Elijah and Klaus, two of the Original vampires. As Klaus went head to head with Damon and took a special interest in Stefan, he also seemingly focused on breaking the "Sun and Moon" curse by sacrificing Elena; never swaying from his mission, no matter the action the brothers took, he proved to be the most powerful vampire in existence. Season three opens the door to learn more about Klaus and the Original Family as his motives for wanting Stefan on his side are finally revealed. As Stefan sinks deeper into the dark side, Damon and Elena struggle with the guilt of their growing bond, even as they work together to bring Stefan back from the edge. Plus, the ghosts from Jeremy's past have a powerful message they're trying to deliver to him, not to mention the impact they're having on his relationship with Bonnie. And, as Caroline and Tyler grow closer, a war erupts between their families.
Genre:
Drama
Network:
CW
Premiere Date:
Sep 15, 2011
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Cast

Nina Dobrev
as Elena Gilbert
Paul Wesley (II)
as Stefan Salvatore
Steven R. McQueen
as Jeremy Gilbert
Ian Somerhalder
as Damon Salvatore
Kat Graham
as Bonnie
Claire Holt
as Vampire
Marguerite MacIntyre
as Sheriff Forbes
David Gallagher
as Ray Sutton
Susan Walters
as Tyler's mother
Erin Beute
as Miranda
Justine Ezarik
as Bartender
Sara Canning
as Aunt Jenna
David Colin Smith
as Medical Examiner
Taylor Kinney
as Mason Lockwood
Kelly Hu
as Pearl
Frank Brennan
as Tobias Fell
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Critic Reviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 3

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

[There were a lot of] shocking moments leaving me wanting a lot more Mystic Falls. Is it September yet?

Full Review… | September 16, 2013
TV Fanatic

Overall a great episode and good season opener.

Full Review… | September 21, 2011
What Culture

Pretty much everything has been turned on its head since we last visited Mystic Falls, Virginia, but it's a testament to The Vampire Diaries' consistently strong writing and acting that it already feels so normal.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011
TV Fanatic

If anyone was worried that The Vampire Diaries had lost their touch with cliffhangers, the attack on Caroline should put those fears to rest. That scene was well executed to catch the audience off guard by turning quickly from light comedy to suspense.

Full Review… | September 16, 2011

The season three premiere took those character beats developed last season and not only executed them perfectly but also built upon that foundation.

Full Review… | September 15, 2011

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