The Vampire Diaries: Season 2 (2010 - 2011)


Season 2
The Vampire Diaries

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The sophomore season of Vampire Diaries is top shelf guilty pleasure, balancing wild twists and cliffhangers without going off the rails.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2010

Returning for its second season, The Vampire Diaries is the story of two vampire brothers obsessed with the same beautiful girl, who are battling to control the fate of an entire town. During season one, Stefan Salvatore (series star PAUL WESLEY) and Damon Salvatore (series star IAN SOMERHALDER) returned to their hometown of Mystic Falls, Virginia, for very different reasons: Stefan was determined to get to know Elena Gilbert (series star NINA DOBREV), who bears a striking resemblance to Katherine Pierce, the beautiful but ruthless vampire the brothers knew and loved in 1864, while Damon was intent on releasing Katherine from the tomb where he believed she was trapped by a witch's spell all those years ago. In the season one finale, Elena's Uncle John set a plan in motion that brought the Founder's Day celebration to an end amid chaos, destruction and death, and saw the return of the vengeful Katherine Pierce.

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Air date: Sep 16, 2010

When a confused and desperate Caroline leaves the hospital and joins her friends at the Mystic Falls Carnival, Damon wants to take immediate action, but Stefan and Elena come to Caroline's defense. Matt is completely mystified by Caroline's behavior, but still tries to tell her about his feelings for her. Meanwhile, Damon has suspicions about Tyler's Uncle Mason (recurring guest star TAYLOR KINNEY) and uses Tyler's volatile personality in an attempt to get Mason to reveal his secret. Upset with everything going on around her, Bonnie takes her anger out on Damon.

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Air date: Sep 23, 2010

Stefan takes drastic measures to find out the real reason Katherine has returned to Mystic Falls, and is shocked when she reveals new secrets about what really happened in 1864. Damon tries a new tactic to resolve his issues with Mason (recurring guest star TAYLOR KINNEY), but it proves costly. Meanwhile, Tyler pushes Mason to tell him the truth about the Lockwoods, and when Katherine delivers an ultimatum, Stefan and Elena are left with very few options.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2010

Stefan takes drastic measures to find out the real reason Katherine has returned to Mystic Falls, and is shocked when she reveals new secrets about what really happened in 1864. Damon tries a new tactic to resolve his issues with Mason (recurring guest star TAYLOR KINNEY), but it proves costly. Meanwhile, Tyler pushes Mason to tell him the truth about the Lockwoods, and when Katherine delivers an ultimatum, Stefan and Elena are left with very few options.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2010

Tyler learns more about the Lockwood family curse from Mason (recurring guest star TAYLOR KINNEY). Stefan and Damon argue over how to handle Mason. Elena tries to keep Jeremy from becoming more involved with the Lockwood mystery, but Jeremy makes an effort to hang out with Tyler. Mason gives Sheriff Lockwood (recurring guest star MARGUERITE MacINTYRE) some startling information, leading to a night of violence, confession and heartbreak.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2010

Despite Elena's efforts to keep Jeremy safe, he offers to help Damon and Alaric deal with Katherine. Sheriff Forbes (recurring guest star MARGUERITE MacINTYRE) and Caroline share a few rare moments of quality mother/daughter time. Bonnie accidentally discovers new information about Mason (recurring guest star TAYLOR KINNEY) and shares it with Stefan, which leads to Damon taking matters into his own hands.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2010

Stefan and Damon decide on a new plan to deal with Katherine at the Lockwood's masquerade ball. Katherine calls on an old friend, Lucy (guest star NATASHIA WILLIAMS Romeo!, She Spies), to attend the ball with her. Bonnie, Jeremy and Alaric all do what they can to help Stefan and Damon, but Katherine has a surprise planned that none of them could foresee. Things take an ugly turn when Matt and Tyler start doing shots with their friends.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2010

Stefan and Damon come to Elena's assistance and, in the process, learn surprising new information about people, vampires and events in the distant past. Jeremy helps Bonnie after she casts a difficult and exhausting spell, and Caroline does what she can to make things easier for Tyler. Plus, Stefan and Damon reach a new understanding.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2010

Elena puts herself in a dangerous position as she searches for the truth about Katherine's past and what her own future may hold. Knowing that Stefan would never agree to her plan, Elena swears Caroline to secrecy. Damon uses a newfound confidant to help him try to discover the real purpose and power of the moonstone. Jeremy and Bonnie meet Luka Martin (guest star BRYTON JAMES The Young and the Restless, Family Matters), a new student with a surprising family history.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2010

Elena decides to take matters into her own hands and offers a tempting incentive to Rose (recurring guest star LAUREN COHAN) for her help. When things take an unexpected turn, however, Rose calls on Damon to deal with the plan Elena has set in motion. 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. Meanwhile, Bonnie and Luka (recurring guest star BRYTON JAMES) form a closer connection, and Tyler shows Caroline the Lockwood cellar, where she makes a discovery that leaves them both terrified.

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The Vampire Diaries sucks you in with its sexy drama and mystery as two vampire brothers, obsessed with the same gorgeous girl, battle to control the fate of an entire town.

Cast & Crew

Nina Dobrev
Elena Gilbert
Paul Wesley
Stefan Salvatore
Ian Somerhalder
Damon Salvatore
Steven R. McQueen
Jeremy Gilbert
Sara Canning
Jenna Somers
Katerina Graham
Bonnie Bennett
Candice Accola
Caroline Forbes
Zach Roerig
Matt Donovan
Michael Trevino
Tyler Lockwood
Matt Davis
Alaric Saltzman
Bryton James
Luka Martin
Taylor Kinney
Mason Lockwood
Daniel Gillies
Elijah Mikaelson
David Anders
John Gilbert
Susan Walters
Carol Lockwood
Randy J. Goodwin
Dr. Jonas Martin
Kevin Williamson
Executive Producer
Julie Plec
Executive Producer
Leslie Morganstein
Executive Producer
Bob Levy
Executive Producer
J. Miller Tobin
Director
Mike Daniels
Writer
Brian Young
Writer
Al Septien
Writer
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Critic Reviews for The Vampire Diaries Season 2

Audience Reviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 2

  • Feb 15, 2021
    Season 2 was just flat out awful.
  • Jan 29, 2021
    Ok, I must admit I'm obsessed with this show! It's amazing and I love it all, but this season was BY FAR my favorite.
  • Aug 15, 2020
    Awesome season ! Enjoy it
  • Jul 29, 2020
    Dobrev shows some real talent playing two fun roles while the rest of the cast remains strong.
  • Jul 02, 2020
    It's a great second season it redeems Damon even more then the last season and gives him more humanity as he befriends some of the people he screwed over. It has great acting and well done CH development and some pretty good actions scenes. This season was also extremely sad with death scenes and fake out deaths scenes another good thing about this season is that it introduces Elijah hopefully he comes back for season 3
  • Apr 16, 2020
    The second season starts off with a complex narrative while also giving characters necessary character development to move the story forward.
  • Jan 06, 2019
    Stefan and Damons old flame returns and wants her triangle back from doppleganger Elena. So many more characters turn supernatural and a curse involving the original vampires must be broken. A must watch for vampire fans.
  • Mar 31, 2017
    the second season of the show picks up right where the first cliffhanger left off; the episodes get better with each one with more drama, more tears, more blood, more characters, and even more fascinating mythology more shocking secrets and hidden truths are unveiled shattering the whole perspective of the Gilberts and expanding even more of the books Stefan continues to be the moral compass and always knows the right thing to say, Damon seems irredeemable and doesn’t care who he steps on although he may change into a man capable of greatness plus he might even be in love with Elena of all things, Elena is caught in a love triangle that started with Katherine and she’s in a neverending quest to save her loved ones from all kinds of danger After the end of Season 1 the Gilbert pocket watch tried to eradicate all vampires but it affected other supernatural beings including Tyler and his father , Mason, who are actually werewolves, Tyler’s uncle comes to town and it turns out the Lockwoods were the driving force behind rounding up the vampires in 1864, Katherine also returns, she is after an artifact called the Moon Stone that can supposedly break the curse, Tyler later on finds out about his werewolf curse and goes through a painful transformation with Caroline watching over him, Jules, another werewolf who knew Mason comes to town Katherine enjoys manipulating others around her for her own benefit and selfishness to survive, Caroline ended up in the hospital at the end of Season 1 and after Katherine kills her to send the Salvatores a message (to get back at them and take away everything Elena cares about) Caroline turns into a vampire against her wishes, but there is much more to Katherine than what we’re being shown, in 1490 she had a child but her father saw her as a disgrace and she was denied, she ran from a man named Klause to avoid a doppleganger sacrifice and as a result her entire family was killed by Klause making her the person she is today Meanwhile Jeremy found out the truth about Vicki and that his vampire girlfriend Anna died so he’s dealing with the aftermath of it all, he now wears the same ring that protects him from death just like Alaric, he wants to help protect Mystic Falls, Jeremy and Bonnie also have a sparkling romance Isobel‘s research covers the original werewolf curse; Aztecs were plagued by supernatural creatures so a shaman cursed them, werewolf bites are fatal to vampires, these werewolves’ curses are triggered by killing someone, they take their blood they turn, wolfsbane is toxic to werewolves, Rose, another vampire who helped Katherine in 1492 ends up getting bit and Damon makes a tough choice to end her suffering showing that maybe he just might actually be capable of love Sheriff Forbes then finds out Damon and Stefan are vampires as well as her daughter so it crushes her knowing her own daughter is something she’s hunting but Caroline is much more confident than ever, her relationship with Matt may be on the rocks though, not only can Caroline can sing, she also attempts to mend her relationship with Matt but later he finds out about her and can’t come to terms with it Jenna and Alaric have a thing, too and all seems well until Isobel makes a short return and it puts a strain on their relationship, turns out she was compelled by Klause to seek out the doppelganger, Jenna later finds out about Stefan (she can only be in the dark for so long) As the season goes on Bonnie taps more into her powers but it’s using a lot of her strength, things get more tricky when two warlocks arrive with Elijah, an Original, Bonnie has enough power to kill an Original but it may be too risky The Originals come into play as well, Elena has to die in a sacrifice to bind the Moon Stone’s curse, Klause Michaelson is coming to enact it so he can open his wolf side given the fact that he’s a hybrid, what we learn about the Originals is that they are the first generation of vampires, flashbacks reveal Klause’s past, the Mikaleson family had 7 children and they were human before they turned, they can compel other vampires, Klause wanted to sacrifice Katherine because she was a doppleganger, the sacrifice requires a vampire, a werewolf, a witch, and the Moon Stone, his brother Elijah reveals that he’s from another bloodline because his mother was unfaithful and in doing his father hunted him down, Klause can even inhabit other people and his blood can heal a werewolf bite John Gilbert returns as well telling our heroes that the Originals can be killed by the oak of a white tree, Klause can die after the sacrifice is completed, during the sacrifice he alters his plan and in the process Elena loses someone close to her once again, John also makes a big decision for Elena’s sake, Elijah keeps Klause alive to because of something he desperately wants, and at the very end of the season Klause makes Stefan join him in exchange to save his brother from a deadly fate. The characters are getting better with each passing episode. I’m very happy this show is still building on the complex relationships, the intertwining storylines, the huge reveals, and the stakes being raised higher and higher. The banter between Stefan, Damon, and Elena is something to have fun with too since they barely agree upon anything else when it comes to a dire situation. Plus the addition of Katherine makes her such an apprehensive individual you can’t help but enjoy it. I admit, too the loss of a beloved supporting character had me in tears non-stop because I connected so well with how the writers made it so compelling. The first half of the season deals with the return of a woman so vile she plans to wreck everything and the second half of the season involves an old enemy of hers coming to get what he feels is his. Really riveting, extremely-well acted, very emotional, and addictive. Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec have stepped up their game. The second season shows that there is honor in revenge, we can still have a future even if the choice is stolen way, maybe we are better off not knowing the unknown, our past affects our future, we can never escape our pasts, our actions good or bad determine who we are. Season 3 can only hold much more of what makes this show so damn enjoyable.
  • Feb 23, 2016
    Everybody still fresh!
  • Jun 07, 2015
    Season 2 just as good as one. Add Katherine it makes it at times better

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