The Vampire Diaries: Season 3 (2011 - 2012)

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Air date: Sep 15, 2011
2
Air date: Sep 22, 2011
3
Air date: Sep 29, 2011
4
Air date: Oct 6, 2011
5
Air date: Oct 13, 2011
6
Air date: Oct 20, 2011
7
Air date: Oct 27, 2011
8
Air date: Nov 3, 2011
9
Air date: Nov 10, 2011
10
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.

Critic Reviews for The Vampire Diaries Season 3

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

Overall, nothing too shocking. But still major game changers in the series. Hopefully it gets better next season because I started to lose interest this season.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Stefan's always been interesting in his extremely passive-aggressive need to be liked, and now he's let the beast roam free, it'll be an interesting watch.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

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

Sep 16, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Overall a great episode and good season opener.

Sep 21, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It wouldn't be a "Vampire Diaries" season finale without twists aplenty-and several heartbreaking deaths.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 15, 2011 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 16, 2011 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

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

Sep 15, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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