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The Vampire Diaries: Season 4 (2012-2013)




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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.


Nina Dobrev
as Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce
Paul Wesley (II)
as Stefan Salvatore
Ian Somerhalder
as Damon Salvatore
Steven R. McQueen
as Jeremy Gilbert
Kat Graham
as Bonnie
Claire Holt
as Rebekah
David Alpay
as Professor Shane
Todd Williams
as Connor Jordan
Rick Worthy
as Rudy Owens
Madeline Zima
as Charlotte
Marguerite MacIntyre
as Sheriff Forbes
Alyssa Diaz
as Kimberly
Tempast Wulf
as Pageant Attendee
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Critic Reviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 4

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Fans will be happy - maybe.

October 19, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The season four finale of The Vampire Diaries was an emotion packed forty-two minutes that gave us the closure we were desperately seeking

September 21, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

I like that Jeremy's still so anti-vampire.

October 19, 2012 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

Realistically, there's only so long so many supernaturals could reside in one place in secret.

October 11, 2012 | Rating: 4.1/5 | Full Review…

The first two episodes feel like the rebirth of a recharged series, with Dobrev taking the reins with gusto as she emotes, suffers, hungers and satiates her bloodlust in various surprising ways.

October 19, 2012 | Full Review…

The best thing about this episode for me was the juxtaposition between Stefan and Damon's characters and how delicately balanced it was despite the high stakes.

October 11, 2012 | Rating: B- | 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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