The Vampire Diaries: Season 4 (2012 - 2013)


Season 4
The Vampire Diaries

Critics Consensus

Vampire Diaries gets the best out of star Nina Dobrev, but could use some fresh blood on the page as plotlines struggle to move the series forward.

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Critic Ratings: 16

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Air date: Oct 11, 2012

Elena realizes she must go through a terrible transition and become a vampire; Bonnie pays a steep price for trying to change Elena's fate; Matt becomes the focus of Damon's frustration and rage.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2012

Stefan and Damon argue about what is best for Elena as she makes the transition; a stranger arrives and starts questioning Sheriff Forbes and Mayor Lockwood; the return of a former classmate surprises Jeremy and Matt.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2012

Connor talks Jeremy into helping him uncover the secrets of Mystic Falls; Elena decides to continue her senior year at high school; Tyler receives an unexpected visit from Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), a werewolf who once helped him.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2012

Damon accompanies Elena and Bonnie on a trip to Whitmore College; during a costume party, Damon teaches Elena how to choose a victim; Rebekah reveals information that stuns Stefan.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2012

Klaus and Stefan form a tenuous alliance in hope of containing the damage Connor unleashed; Caroline finds Hayley at the Lockwood mansion; professor Shane tries to help Bonnie get past her guilt.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2012

When terrifying hallucinations leave Elena confused and shaken, she makes a dangerous mistake.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2012

Caroline tries to support Elena and Stefan during a difficult time; Hayley and Tyler tackle a secret project; Jeremy is alarmed by vivid nightmares.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2012

When Stefan comes to Damon with a suspicion about Elena, the brothers start an investigation; Elena shares shocking news; Hayley wants Tyler to confront one of Klaus' hybrids.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2012

Stefan and Caroline butt heads with Tyler over his plans for Klaus and the hybrids; Klaus makes a discovery; Jeremy needs help conquering dangerous inner demons; professor Shane makes a stunning revelation.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2013

Rebekah appears at Mystic Falls High unexpectedly and elicits a shocking piece of information from Elena; Professor Shane reveals too much to the wrong person; Caroline tries to comfort Tyler.

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Cast & Crew

Nina Dobrev
Elena Gilbert

Actor
Paul Wesley
Stefan Salvatore

Actor
Ian Somerhalder
Damon Salvatore

Actor
Steven R. McQueen
Jeremy Gilbert

Actor
Kat Graham
Bonnie Bennett

Actor
Candice Accola
Caroline Forbes

Actor
Zach Roerig
Matt Donovan

Actor
Michael Trevino
Tyler Lockwood

Actor
Matt Davis
Alaric Saltzman

Actor
Joseph Morgan
Klaus

Actor
Claire Holt
Guest Star
David Alpay
Guest Star
Grace Phipps
Guest Star
Rick Worthy
Guest Star
Kevin Williamson
Executive Producer
Julie Plec
Executive Producer
Leslie Morganstein
Executive Producer
Bob Levy
Executive Producer
Rob Hardy
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Audience Reviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 4

  • Dec 29, 2020
    this in my opin is when the show really got good season 1,2,3 are way to twiglighty yes i know thats not a word but its what i feel but season 4 and up are amzing
  • Aug 15, 2020
    I wish i could be a vampire but, it's good. All of the seasons are really good to watch...
  • Jul 31, 2020
    A few characters have over-staid their welcome but the cast still keeps it entertaining.
  • Apr 16, 2020
    the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries feels choppy and often boring. The ending was very sudden and uncalled for, even if it was an emotional episode.
  • Jan 06, 2019
    And Elena's in the gang. Vampire at last. Sired to Damon, but in still in love with Stefan. Who'll steal her heart? Meanwhile Klaus, Tyler and Caroline triangle and Jeremy's a hunter and wants to kill Elena. A must watch for TVD fans. More love triangles, more drama and more of the original vampires. Plus more dopplegangers.
  • Apr 25, 2017
    Season 4 is the most harsh and emotionally-tolling season of the series, the creators have made the most daring move in the history of the show while also increasing the peril and taking the characters to new emotional levels, essentially three storylines are taking place this time around during our heroes’ senior year in high school: Meredith Fell used vampire blood to save Elena after Rebekah tried to kill her and now she’s officially a vampire but the change isn’t all welcome for her as she is adjusting to her new status; sadly Alaric died when she did as well, Elena remembers everything Damon compelled from her and she feels that her grief is heightened every time they lose someone, Rebekah and Elena still have bad blood with each other as well, Elena’s hunger is like a drug addiction, she’s driven by love and compassion and the killing will destroy her causing her to turn off her humanity, is she better off and more rational without feeling too much?, Elena and Damon’s relationship is questionable several times and it’s revealed why she is so loyal to him because it might have something to do with the so-called sire bond, Elena suffers another great loss thereby affecting her in the worst way, will she control her new self or become the monster? Stefan tries to get Elena to deal with her transformation, sadly he and Elena break up since her feelings for Damon are magnified and he can trust her in ways she can’t with Stefan, once Stefan finds out about them he is deeply hurt, does love and caring hurt Stefan?, Stefan and Rebekah also develop somewhat of an odd relationship, is Stefan the better role model?, will Elena go back to him one day? The vampire hunters also come into focus with a hunter named Connor coming to Mystic Falls, Rebekah fell in love with a vampire hunter, too, if a vampire kills a hunter they start having hallucinations, Klause went through the same thing (if you can’t resist it suicide is the only option), each kill they make shows more of a mark on their bodies leading to the ultimate weapon, Matt and Jeremy meet April and keep tabs on her, Klause finds out Connor is one of the Five or the Brotherhood of the Five (the most protected vampire hunter), he ran into them back in the 12th century, they’ve been around for 900 years, the weapon is a cure for vampirism, Jeremy becomes a potential and gathers the mark but in the process an urge to kill all vampires and he can’t be compelled, the cure is actually buried with Silas who wants to be mortal so he can be with his love, April finds out about everyone, Galen Vaughn arrives and he too is another of the Five, it turns out the cure is only good for one person to use, is Matt falling behind in life because he’s just human? The cure has to with an immortal called Silas, is it the best thing for Elena?, is it possible Damon and Elena can still be together after taking the cure or will they separate?, the story of Silas and Questia: Silas fell in love with her, she gave him immortality but wanted to use the spell for another woman, Questia trapped him in a tomb along with the cure, if Silas wakes up it’ll be a death sentence for every immortal, it also turns out Questia created the Other Side and the vampire hunters, Silas can imitate anyone Caroline lost her father, Klauuse also continues to drive a wedge between her and Tyler, Hayley Marshall, an old friend of Tyler’s comes to Mystic Falls and she wants to find her family, Tyler wants to bring Klause down but someone dies due to his betrayal, Klause even intends creates more vampires to kill to find the cure, Klause and Hayley surprisingly take their relationship to the next level, Klause still pines for Caroline despite her reluctantness, at this point in the series he returns to New Orleans (his old home) to combat a threat against him and learns of a big development for Hayley thereby setting up the spinoff TV series that would soon follow, Rebekah and Klause clash several times with one another about the cure and whether taking it would give them normal, happy lives, the rest of the Originals are at odds with one another about the cure and alliances are shattered just as quickly Bonnie’s grandmother warns her not to use dark magic on the Other Side, a professor named Shayne teaches her new forms of magic, her father becomes mayor of Mystic Falls, she also goes to Whitmore College the professor even has an ulterior motive besides teaching Bonnie as he wants to find Silas and free him, but is Bonnie losing control being all so powerful?, there’s even a magic well can bring people back from the dead, Bonnie also has the power to break the veil to the Other Side but she pays the price trying to bring someone back Katherine shows her face again and returns for the cure and she wants it to stop Klause from hunting her forever, she and Elijah even contacted one another after discovering it but she is still the master manipulator, and at the end of the finale Elena hits her with the one thing everyone has been coveting the entire season. Things will change so much for her in the days to come. Will she ever be defeated? Near the end of the season we see a lot of familiar faces regarding the veil to the Other Side being dropped; past enemies come back along with old friends. So the barrier between the living and the dead is thinned bringing disastrous results. Silas’ true is face is also a horrifying reveal to so many fans! Season 4 lags a bit in some areas but continues to pave the way for more storylines in this kind of mythology. The creators even dive into the origins of immortality. And with our main protagonist becoming supernatural it makes things much more interesting for future episodes. I was crying more than a few times so hard because of the ways the writers handled this season. The triumphs do not come without a few losses. The life lessons are nothing short of worth learning about, too. Maybe we should let ourselves grieve instead of pushing it away or joking about it. Rage is a powerful feeling but guilt will destroy you. Some secrets are stronger than family. We work hard every day just to stay alive. Being a vampire amplifies who you are; it doesn’t change you into someone else. If you’re bad be bad with purpose, otherwise you’re not worth forgiving. If we lose our faith, what do we fear? Is being a vampire miserable? Anyone capable of love is capable of being saved. Is denial the worst thing for us when so many loved ones die? Humanity is nothing without someone to care about. Does not having emotions make you more rational? People who do bad things are bad people? Everyone needs an advantage in life. Shutting our feelings off doesn’t help us. Season 5 is the point where I finally catch up and the stories are endless with truly impressive results. Still loving this show so much!
  • May 10, 2016
    Great series. The best, in fact.
  • Jan 27, 2014
    Everything changes in Season 4 of The Vampire Diaries as Elena finds her mortal life ripped away from her when she becomes a vampire. It's an electrifying season of twists and turns that takes the audience on an exciting journey. The season begins with Elena struggling to keep her humanity as a newly turned vampire, but she finds her old life slipping away; meanwhile Klaus reveals the existence of a vampire cure, which begins a race between the Salvatores and the Origins to find it (though each character has a different reason for wanting it). The characters are used quite well, and the story arcs do an impressive job at exploring new facets of their personalities. Nina Dobrev in particular does an especially good job, as she's called on to take her character to places she's never had to before. Yet there are a few misfires with a couple of plots that don't work out, but overall the tension and suspense gradually builds throughout the season. In more ways than one The Vampire Diaries: Season 4 is a game changer that allows the series to explore new territory and move in a new direction.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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