The Vampire Diaries: Season 5 (2013 - 2014)

Season 5
The Vampire Diaries

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After a floundering fourth season, Vampire Diaries redeems itself with scorching twists that remind viewers that nothing is sacred.



Critic Ratings: 13


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Air date: Oct 3, 2013

Season 5 begins with Elena and Caroline moving into a dorm at nearby Whitmore College and getting an unexpected third roommate. Meanwhile, Katherine pleads with Damon to help her now that she is human and vulnerable to her enemies; and Silas makes a terrifying appearance at an end-of-summer party in the town square.

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Air date: Oct 10, 2013

Damon asks sheriff Forbes for help to find Stefan; Elena and Caroline try to find out who is covering up a campus murder; Matt and Jeremy attempt to protect Katherine from Silas; Nadia uses violence to make a point about her own agenda.

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Air date: Oct 17, 2013

Elena and Katherine both dream that Stefan is in danger and convince Damon to help them find him. But their plans are thwarted by a mysterious woman who seems to know everything about Stefan's past and Damon's disturbing future.

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Air date: Oct 24, 2013

Elena and Damon attempt to help Stefan through a confusing time; Matt tries to figure out the reason behind his mysterious blackouts; Caroline makes an effort to get to know Jesse better; Jeremy makes a startling confession; Dr. Maxfield puts in motion a plan that threatens to change everything.

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Air date: Oct 31, 2013

Elena and Damon attend the Whitmore Historical Ball as Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. When Silas demands that Damon commit an unthinkable act, it leads to a violent confrontation.

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Air date: Nov 7, 2013

Silas announces his new goal to Damon and Elena; Tessa tells Stefan about her next move; Katherine discovers an unexpected consequence of being human and realises she needs a new place to stay; Bonnie is touched by Jeremy's determination to stand by her; and Damon is stunned when he learns the secret to Tessa's plan.

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Air date: Nov 14, 2013

Dr. Wes gives Katherine some disturbing news; Jeremy and Bonnie share a glimmer of hope after talking with Amara; Silas fails to keep a promise which causes Damon to turn to Tessa for help with his new plan; Stefan makes a heartbreaking confession to Damon and Elena.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2013

Elena and Caroline plan a big party at school, but their plans are interrupted when Jesse suddenly needs Caroline's help. Meanwhile, Damon makes a terrifying discovery about a secret society.

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Air date: Dec 5, 2013

Caroline offers Stefan an unusual form of therapy. Meanwhile, Damon tells Elena about a terrible ordeal in his past that he has kept secret for decades, and she shares with him some disturbing information she recently learned about her family.

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Air date: Dec 12, 2013

When Elena is trapped by Wes, Damon decides to ask Stefan for help in getting her back and comes up with a plan to exchange Elena in order to save Aaron's life. Meanwhile, Katherine has serious problems when her ageing process speeds up.

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Season 5 of the supernatural drama, based on the novels by L.J. Smith, begins with Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Caroline (Candice Accola) moving into a dorm at nearby Whitmore College and looking forward to a normal freshman experience. Unfortunately, things quickly go sideways when their third roommate, Megan (Hayley Kiyoko), is murdered at a frat party by a vampire, and Elena learns that Megan had a connection to her late father. Meanwhile, Katherine (Dobrev) struggles adapting to being human again after 500 years as a vampire and asks Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to help her now that she is vulnerable to her many enemies. At the top of that list is Stefan's evil doppelgänger Silas (Paul Wesley), who is holding Stefan in a locked box under the sea. Katherine is also disturbed to meet a mysterious young woman named Nadia (Olga Fonda), who reveals to her a secret that dates back to 1490 Bulgaria. As for Bonnie (Kat Graham), she remains trapped on the Other Side and can only communicate with the recently resurrected Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen). But unbeknownst to them the Other Side itself is in danger of imploding.

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5)

One wonders just how they'll get them back to Mystic Falls, or what's left of it, and one wonders just how drastically this will change Elena and Stefan's outlooks on their lives.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

My head hurts.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

And this, my friends, is the genius of TVD. A show so fearless it makes you f-ing terrified.

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

Yes, this wasn't necessarily a perfect episode of The Vampire Diaries but it feels like the perfect introduction to a season that looks to be filled with changing character dynamics and ever-shifting alliances.

Oct 4, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Luckily, it didn't disappoint, with a whole batch of exciting new storylines, some wonderful one-liners and serious drama.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

The Vampire Diaries has a cruel way of reminding viewers that no character is safe in this world.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

With its apparent complacency, willingness to coast on its love triangle and inability to make character deaths matter, it delivered Home, a season finale that single-handedly redeems the last two years with one brave, gut-wrenching sequence.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Roommate Etiquette 101: Don't bite your dorm mate on the first night!

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I loved the way it streamlined everything in a way that was both complex yet simple.

Oct 20, 2013 | Full Review…

This show certainly is pushing the content boundary levels for 8pm, network TV.

Oct 7, 2013 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

The season five premiere of The Vampire Diaries was one of the best we've seen in a while. I like the direction that the series is going in, and look forward to being surprised in upcoming episodes.

Oct 4, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 5

  • Aug 16, 2020
    This show seems to just grab onto you And not let go. I like it for the story and The good attention to the development of the characters.
  • Aug 15, 2020
    I love this characters ! I love books, movies, and games about vampires.
  • Jul 31, 2020
    With death losing all its meaning the show has lost its way.
  • Apr 21, 2020
    It loses its way sometimes but season 5 eventually picks up, making yet another entertaining season of The Vampire Diaries.
  • Dec 23, 2019
    Good season, fun flashbacks
  • Jan 06, 2019
    No one's safe, The vampire diaries, killing off characters since 2009. Be prepared to have your heartstrings pulled out and rethreaded and pulled out again. An emotional rollercoaster that will leave you sept off your feet. With more twists then a packet of Twisties. Bonnies a ghost? Elena looses someone close and hey a little bit of normal, starting collage.
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  • May 05, 2017
    Season 5 is the first one I officially tuned into on television! This time the story focuses on Silas showing himself as well as the Travelers. Plus Katherine is miserable as ever juggling being human. Knowing her though she’s a survivor and always finds a way out. Can she ever be redeemed after 500 years of atrocity? Season 5 goes beyond the limits now and the 100th episode is quite the emotional treat for fans. Since the end of Season 4 Stefan was trapped underwater by Silas (his doppelgänger), Silas is telekinetic, Stefan makes it out but still feels the torment and learning to deal with the PTSD Quetsia finally shows up and saves him and tells the 2000 year old story of what really happened between her and Silas; when Quetsia’s friend Amara fell in love with Silas the shadow selves were created (the doppelgängers), they’ve always been drawn to one another over time ( maybe Damon and Elena may not stand a chance due to Stefan) as far as the the Other Side is concerned it is tied to an anchor, the anchor is Amara and she wakes up but wants to take the cure from Silas’ blood to end her suffering, turns out Amara can see Bonnie since she becomes the anchor to the Other Side and the real world Elena is off to Whitmore College with Caroline. Megan their roommate is killed and they find a picture of her with Elena’s father. Her professor, Wes Maxfield has a secret. The girls meet another student Jesse on campus and Aaron Whitmore. Jesse against his will becomes a vampire. We learn that Wes belongs to a society called Augustine and they have an Augustine vampire. Jesse becomes the Augustine vampire to kill other vampires so humans can’t be fed on. Damon then remembers being part of Augustine back in the 1950’s. Whitmore wanted to cure human sickness using vampire blood. Grayson Gilbert was part of Augustine, too. Damon met another vampire, Enzo back in the 50’s at Augustine as well. Elena meets Enzo at Whitmore while being held by Wes. Damon is injected with the ripper virus and goes on a rampage with Enzo. Enzo shares the story of his true love Maggie back in the 1960s. It pushes him over the edge so much to where he may have to shut off his emotions. The other concern this time around is asking if Damon is bad for Elena overall. Elena at one point even has dreams of another life with Stefan under different circumstances with a house, marriage and children, is it still possible? Matt and Rebekah had a fling together in Europe with a woman named Nadia. The Travelers arrive in Mystic Falls to cause chaos. They are another form of witches who dislike anyone using their magic against nature. One traveler hides in Matt’s body. Nadia is a traveler as well. An item called The Traveler’s knife is the only thing that can extract a passenger from inhabiting someone’s body. Nadia also has a shocking connection to Katherine that may or not get her to change for the better. The leader of the Travelers is Markos who wants the doppelgangers’’ blood. Markos is brought to Mystic Falls after Stefan’s blood is used by the Travelers and passes through Bonnie. The reason why the doppelgängers are drawn to each other is because of a spell Markos cast 1500 years ago so it’s possible that when Stefan and Elena first fell in love it may not have been real. The Travelers’ overall goal is to want to rid Mystic Falls of all magic so they can have a home and in doing so they create an anti-magic barrier; anything that crosses it that’s supernatural will die. Meanwhile, Bonnie’s spirit is roaming with Jeremy. Her father sadly dies by Silas’ hands. Tyler also returns. Thankfully Bonnie comes back after Amara dies and Quetsia does an anchor swap spell. Since she is the new anchor she feels every supernatural death. Later she meets s a new witch named Liv. Liv has a brother, Luke who are both keeping an eye on Bonnie suspiciously. Since Elena is the last female doppelgänger if the last male one dies the Travelers will come for her. Tyler then becomes inhabited by a Traveler. To make things worse The Other Side is falling apart due to all the interference from the real world. Jeremy wants to live his life trying to save his sister instead of focusing on other things. He does get a more active role to play just like in Season 4. All the while Katherine tries to live as a human since Elena shoved the cure down her throat. Katherine’s blood is given to Silas so he can die but she survives only to deteriorate. She starts to age rapidly and it re-shifts her perspective on things or so it seems. As we know even if Katherine is on the verge of death she finds a way to escape and what more horrifying way to do that by inhabiting Elena’s body using the Travelers! It’s the biggest sin anyone can commit by stealing someone else’s face that looks just like them. The middle of the season seems unfair because of Katherine’s ruthlessness but by the middle half they finally correct what has plagued the series since day 1. After being stabbed by the Traveler’s Knife Katherine doesn’t go to the Other Side and instead is pulled into a sort of purgatory and rightfully so given every horrible act she has done. At last the person I despise the most is finally given the treatment she deserves! Whew Season 5 tells us that people are full of surprises. Does love conquer all even over time? Are the dead never really gone and watch over us? No one is born evil, their lives make them that way. Do we believe in second chances and forgiveness? We’re not as weak as we think we are. You can be friends with someone or in love with them, you can’t be both. Some people are just more ravenous than others. At the end of the season both Bonnie and Damon face an uncertain future when the Other Side collapses. Is there anyone waiting for them? Old friends and enemies? Does it hurt after you’re dead? Season 6 will bring even more awesome stuff that the writers can conjure up. New faces, new challenges, new emotions, new heartbreaks, and new room to grow. This one was definitely one of my favorites and I’m happy I got to catch up at this point.
  • Apr 30, 2017
    In this season I can't even stop watching!
  • Feb 28, 2015
    The first 4 seasons were the best. But the travelers storyline got boring very quickly this season.

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