The Vampire Diaries: Season 4 (2012 - 2013)



Critic 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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The CW's #1 show returns for another explosive season -- and you won't want to miss a minute. Featuring a hot ensemble cast, the fourth season starts off with everything in transition. Elena faces her worst nightmare as she awakens from her deadly accident to find she must now endure the terrifying change of becoming a vampire -- or face certain death. Stefan and Damon are torn even further apart over how to help Elena adjust to a life she never wanted, and everyone must cope with the chaos created after the vampires and their supporters were outed to the town council and local leaders. Despite everything, as Elena and her friends enter into the final stretch of high school before graduation sends them on different paths, they feel the bond to their home town of Mystic Falls take on a deeper meaning when a new mysterious villain is introduced who seems intent on destroying it. Guest stars include Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin.

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Critic Reviews for The Vampire Diaries Season 4

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

Fans will be happy - maybe.

Oct 19, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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If there's one thing you can count on from a Vampire Diaries season finale, it's a crazy-unexpected cliffhanger. And this year's conclusion did not disappoint.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

All credit to Nina Dobrev who acts her little heart out, trying to portray the disorientation of the transitional phase, before she drinks her first blood (from a handy expendable-minor-guest-star-shaped dispenser) and becomes a full vampire.

Nov 16, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

I'm going to out and say it - I hate that Elena didn't get to make the decision to become a without being in a high-stress situation

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Yes, probably too much was going on, but when you've had an explosion just seven minutes into the instalment you know you're in for a wild ride. I could complain that there was an overload, but I was just having too much fun to care.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Last night's episode was everything I wanted it to be. It had romance, terror, a huge helping of nostalgia, and a final twist to put every past season's cliff-hanger to shame.

Nov 16, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The ritual is pretty gross.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

As much as I love seeing Damon in his past, bad-guy form, I still felt myself wishing this episode had more to it.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Regardless, I'm happy Paul Wesley will get to play a bad guy for at least a portion of next season, it seems.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

This finale was pretty busy, probably because the show forgot to achieve anything over the last 22 weeks, but it gives me high hopes for a better, and tighter, fifth season that, for the first time in three years, will be a Klaus-free zone.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 4

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.


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