The Vampire Diaries: Season 6 (2014 - 2015)

Season 6
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The sixth season of The Vampire Diaries attempts to give Elena the fondest farewell amid the murderous melodrama.



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Air date: Oct 2, 2014

Season 6 begins with Elena returning to Whitmore College for the start of sophomore year. Meanwhile, Caroline becomes desperate to reverse the anti-magic spell the Travelers put over Mystic Falls; Tyler has a run-in at a football tailgate; Matt worries that Jeremy is dealing with the loss of Bonnie in a self-destructive way; Alaric struggles to adjust to his new life as a vampire; and Elena learns the truth about what Stefan has really been up to.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2014

Elena deals with the loss of Damon and turns to Alaric to help her move on with her life. Meanwhile, Enzo gets Caroline to help him find Damon and Bonnie; Jeremy spends time with a mysterious girl who recently arrived in Mystic Falls; and Damon and Bonnie reluctantly band together to uncover the mystery of where they are and how they are going to get back home.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2014

Elena and Caroline meet at a swimming hole where Elena plans to introduce her to Liam, but things don't go quite as planned. Meanwhile, Tyler asks Liv for a favor; Stefan returns to Mystic Falls and notices a strange change in Elena; Jeremy makes a discovery about the anti-magic spell that could put Elena in danger; and Damon and Bonnie stumble upon clues that lead them to believe they are not alone.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2014

Damon relives a horrible day in order to find his way home. Elsewhere, Alaric tries to help Jeremy cope with loss; Stefan teaches Elena about creating a new identity; and Tripp shares a dark secret with Matt.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2014

Elena invites Liam to attend a party at the corn maze; Caroline helps Stefan clean up a mess created by Enzo; Alaric and Jo try to save lives after a devastating accident; Tyler is put in a dangerous position when his werewolf curse is put to the test; Damon and Bonnie make an important discovery that affects their quest to get back home.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2014

Alaric realizes Jo can't be compelled, so he asks Elena to dig into her background. Meanwhile, Caroline learns Enzo has been captured by Tripp and tries to rescue him; Jeremy hits rock bottom and lashes out in a destructive way; and Damon takes matters into his own hands when he receives some upsetting news.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2014

Elena's past comes back to haunt her; Jo opens up to Alaric about her tragic past; Stefan, Matt and Enzo resort to extreme measures when Tripp withholds information about his vampire-killing operation; Sheriff Forbes gets caught in the middle of a dangerous plan; Tyler and Liv grow closer; and Damon stumbles upon a startling clue that renews his hope.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2014

Caroline and Elena host Friendsgiving at the dorm and receive news about the Gemini Coven; Tyler tries to help Liv after she and Luke reveal some disturbing information about their witch lineage and the impending plans their coven has for them; Jo reveals some painful details about her past; and Kai makes a dangerous discovery that brings him one step closer to his release.

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Air date: Dec 4, 2014

Damon gets into trouble when he carries out a plan that requires Alaric's unwilling participation; Elena is surprised by Jeremy's reaction when she shares hopeful news about Bonnie; Matt takes matters into his own hands when Enzo's actions cross the line; Kai continues to be a dangerous threat.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2014

Bonnie tries to replicate her favorite traditions, while reminiscing about happier times with her friends; Sheriff Forbes brings holiday cheer to Caroline at Whitmore College; Alaric turns to Damon and Elena for help when Jo goes missing; Tyler approaches Liv and Luke with a risky plan; Jeremy helps Matt carry out a plan to take down Enzo; Stefan is forced to break some devastating news to Caroline.

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Season 6 of this supernatural drama, based on the novels by L.J. Smith, begins four months after the "deaths" of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham), leaving Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) to mourn their losses. Both are completely consumed with grief and exhibit destructive behavior as a result. Fortunately, Damon and Bonnie are actually still alive, but exist in a parallel universe and are trying to find a way back home. Meanwhile, Caroline (Candice Accola) drops out of college to focus on reversing a spell the Travelers placed on Mystic Falls' border; Tyler (Michael Trevino) struggles with becoming human; and Alaric (Matt Davis) adjusts to life as a vampire.

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Critic Reviews for The Vampire Diaries Season 6

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

Nina Dobrev's departure from "The Vampire Diaries" couldn't have been more perfectly played if the entire cast had held hands and jumped into a bottomless pool of teenage melodrama.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

It really felt like it wasn't enough time to bid farewell to such a beloved character.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

I hate to say that my bet from the beginning was right, but it looks like Damon will remain a vampire while Elena is officially gone from The Vampire Diaries forever. But, I'll give it to the writers - it was a classy exit.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

The thought of losing Elena scared me at first. It really scared me. But watching this hour, which is arguably the show's strongest since season 3, I realized that this might actually be the greatest thing that could have happened to the show.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Last night we said good-bye to Elena in what can only be described as a stroke of pure unadulterated genius, a.k.a. the brain of Julie Plec. Elena's ending was so perfect it almost seemed too perfect.

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

I like that Elena gets why Damon hid the cure from her. I think Elena a few season ago would have made a big deal about, which showed some character growth.

Nov 16, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Knowing Nina Dobrev was exiting the series in the Season 6 finale quelled what would have been an otherwise suspenseful exit, but the writers did her character justice with a slew of heartbreaking goodbyes and a homage or two to the past.

Nov 16, 2017 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The sixth season has been seen by many as a return to form, clawing its way back from a dodgy fourth and fifth season and doing so with a renewed energy and focus on character over convoluted plot and needless romantic strife.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

If you thought this week's installment of The Vampire Diaries had a certain special, giddy charm to it this week, you were absolutely correct. Or at least, I happen to agree with you.

Nov 16, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

But in true Vampire Diaries style, the way the decision came about was gripping and clever on an emotional level.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

OK, let's get one thing out of the way first: that Matt/Tyler confrontation was weirdly hot.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

I really like these familiar faces and I'm definitely interested to see where the season takes us.

Oct 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 6

  • Jan 21, 2016
    The Vampire Diaries' sixth season delivers exciting new adventures as the show expands its mythology to include new realms and new types of supernatural beings. This season Elena and her friends struggle to adjust to living in a magic free Mystic Falls; meanwhile Damon and Bonnie find themselves stuck in a mystical prison world that's perpetually repeating the same day (May 10, 1994) over and over again, and is home to a psychopathic witch from the Gemini Coven. Additionally, there are some interest character subplots, including Matt being torn between his friends and a new vampire hunter that's come to town, Caroline dealing with her mother's terminal cancer, and Enzo vowing to ruin Stefan's life for giving up on Damon. Candice Accola and Ian Somerhalder really standout this season, and give some incredible performances. The writing is also rather good; as it deals with the show's complicated mythologies especially well and brings several character arcs to a close. And, the season finale is quite powerful. The Vampire Diaries has come a long way in six seasons, and now stands poised to take the next step in its evolution.
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  • Aug 15, 2020
    I'ts good anyway! Good acting guys
  • Jul 31, 2020
    It has no idea what to do with its characters anymore.
  • Apr 23, 2020
    The 6th outing of The Vampire Diaries is surprisingly fresh with no intentions of holding back tragedy. The departure of Nina Dobrev's Elena was very risky but also felt complete.
  • Dec 23, 2019
    IT was a sad season which i liked
  • Jan 06, 2019
    Elena's memory struggle, Character return's, and more twists. My heart, my poor heart. A must watch.
  • Dec 28, 2018
    perfect without errors, with memorable characters and their evolutions of character. good plot taking us fans a good feel watching the series.if you re-envisioned another year with a great villain giving us a taste of want more for legacies (new show)
  • May 12, 2017
    I gotta say that Season 6 is truly one of my favorite seasons of the show, yeah maybe the writing isn’t as strong as before but the creators do with what they can to build this world even more. More losses, more new enemies, and more new emotions colliding. After the Other Side fell apart Bonnie and Damon saw a white light and an uncertain future. Will they end up in a heaven of sorts? The Travelers also put up an anti-magic barrier so that anything supernatural will be affected if they enter Mystic Falls. Everyone’s lives have changed, not necessarily for the better. Months go by and Elena is going to be a doctor. She’s in her sophomore year at Whitmore but she feels such immense pain from losing Damon. If only it was that easy to forget everything about him. Elena starts seeing a student named Liam that makes a bit of the normal she’s been longing for. For Damon though he would rather suffer in agony and heartbreak than forget every moment with Elena. Bonnie and Damon are trapped in a certain purgatory and they’re not alone. It’s a prison world that repeats the same day over and over again in 1994 which leads to Damon remembering something important from that time. They meet Kai. Bonnie could help them get back to the real world. They need a relic called an Ascendant to harness the power of the eclipse. Kai reveals that he killed his whole family and the Gemini Coven punished him by creating the prison Bonnie and Damon are in. Kai can also absorb magic from others. Bonnie makes a big sacrifice for Elena and Damon. Back in 1994 Kai tried to kill Liv and Luke to be the leader of the coven. Twins are in line to lead the Gemini. The twins have to merge their magic by their 22nd birthday but only 1 of them can live. Kai escapes to the real world and ends up becoming more powerful than ever. Can he be stopped? Alaric is back and teaching at Whitmore. He’s still a vampire though. But after crossing the town line all the magic is stripped away. A doctor named Jo comes in. She falls in love with Alaric. She’s a member of the Gemini Coven as well and she can’t be compelled. Jo is really Liv and Luke’s sister who tried to protect them from Kai. Jo and Kai are twins as well. Things certainly change so much more when a wedding and a pregnancy are announced. Bonnie finally makes it back to the real world and she gives Damon the cure to vampirism. Should he give it to Elena so she can have the life she deserves? Will they still be together if she ages and he doesn’t? Or will she live forever with him? If that isn’t enough Stefan shows Damon what human life would be like and what it would be if he was still a vampire. Is either life better? If Elena takes the cure, Damon must make the ultimate decision of his entire life. Matt is training to become a cop to serve and protect the town he loves. One of his trainers Tripp is actually one of the founding families of Mystic Falls. He feels that vampires should be eradicated altogether even Matt’s friends. Damon has flashbacks of Lily who supposedly died. Things get way more surreal when his mother is alive and well and in a 1903 prison world. Lily opens up that she became a vampire and a Ripper so the witches imprisoned her after she lost control. Their father was a monster the boys had to suffer with. She couldn’t see her kids again fearing she’d kill them. She intends to free her new “family” that are Heretics (vampires who have magic and can siphon it on their own). They too were imprisoned by the Gemini Coven. It’s heartbreaking to see that she favors them more than her own flesh and blood. Tyler is enjoying being human since he’s not a hybrid anymore. Liv may be falling for him. Tyler and Liv bond and learn to cope with the merge. After Kai comes back with a vengeance Tyler loses something dear to him but gains something else in return. Some strange girl named Monique shows up as well. She claims to be Sarah Salvatore, the niece of Damon and Stefan. Is she telling the truth? Caroline is hurt by Stefan leaving. She may even have feelings for him; after all she did want to be with him back when they first met. Stefan just wanted to start over and have a regular life. Unfortunately Caroline faces a horrible truth about her mother being sick. The show says goodbye to one of its best supporting characters and it devastates Caroline to the point where she wants to shut off her humanity do deal with the grief. She even drags down Stefan with her. Is she better off this way? Can she and Stefan still have a thing in the future? Enzo returns from the Other Side as well and wants to cause all sorts of trouble. He is jealous of Stefan’s respect, love and ability to come out on top despite his mistakes. Enzo is then shocked to see Lily because they’ve met before and it turns out she was the one who turned him in 1903. Jeremy misses Bonnie; he’s been through so much. So it makes since he makes a big change for himself. Maybe he can finally find a life of his own away from Mystic Falls. If not a lot more we still learn plenty of life lessons from Season 6: Brothers don’t give up on one another. We find a way to keep going. Maybe we’d rather suffer in agony and pain than forget. Life is too short immortal or not. Love always requires a leap of faith. Falling for someone means being vulnerable, giving up control. Loving someone doesn’t mean you have to be in love with them. Then the most heartbreaking decision ever then comes along during the finale. Elena is put under a sleeping curse meaning that supposedly this is the end for Nina Dobrev. This is the point where like so many fans I myself was so awestruck with the show losing its most influential character. I’ve loved Elena since day 1. I will miss her deeply and it’s hard to imagine Mystic Falls without her. Season 6 says goodbye to several people on the show so who knows when we’ll see any of them again. How will Stefan and Damon make it through Mystic Falls without its main star? Will the evil ever be defeated? What else lies in store for Season 7 besides the looming threat of the Heretics? At this point many viewers would tune out but Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson still haven’t lost any of their staying power. I’m still attached to this show so much.
  • May 15, 2015
    The Vampire Diaries Season 6 ended with a huge sad bang while also setting up for an interesting seventh season without its leading lady. TVD sort of fell off in season 5 and some of season 4, but I honestly feel like the show rebuilt itself and is now back to the quality of its earlier seasons.
  • May 12, 2015
    Season 6 has been the worst this show has ever had.

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