The Vampire Diaries: Season 7 (2015 - 2016)

Season 7
The Vampire Diaries

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Despite an Elena-less season, Vampire Diaries still has plenty of fleshed out plot and new characters for fans to sink their teeth into.



Critic Ratings: 13


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Air date: Oct 8, 2015

Season 7 begins with Damon being forced to navigate his new reality without Elena. Meanwhile, Stefan waits for Caroline to sort out her emotions and tries to protect the town from Lily and her family of Heretics, who are wreaking havoc in Mystic Falls. Elsewhere, Enzo struggles to find his place in Lily's new life; and Matt teams up with Stefan and Caroline to put a stop to the Heretics.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2015

Damon makes an impulsive decision that threatens to unravel a carefully negotiated deal between Stefan and Lily, so Damon tries to make amends with his mother before things spiral further out of control. Meanwhile, Alaric obtains a mysterious artifact; Matt makes a risky life or death decision; and Caroline uncovers a shocking detail about Stefan's past.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2015

Damon goes on a road trip with Bonnie and Alaric to find something he can use against his mother; Caroline, who is being held hostage by the Heretics, learns some shocking information about Valerie's past; Stefan learns a few unexpected details about his own past from Lily; Alaric turns to Bonnie for her help after coming clean about a secret he's been keeping.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2015

An unexpected turn of events leaves Damon scrambling and his actions gain the unwanted attention of Mary Louise and Nora, which forces Stefan and Caroline to spend the night distracting the girls at Whitmore College's Heaven and Hell ball. Meanwhile, Enzo sets off on a mission to find out what Valerie is hiding; and a plan set by Alaric and Bonnie leaves their worlds turned upside down.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2015

Damon tries to get out of his downward spiral and do right by Elena; Lily prepares for the arrival of a special figure from her past; Stefan comes face-to-face with Valerie and learns some upsetting details about her past; Bonnie confronts Alaric when she learns some disturbing information involving the Phoenix stone.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2015

Lily hosts a dinner party to introduce her former love Julian to Damon and Stefan, and to declare peace between her family of heretics and the citizens of Mystic Falls. Meanwhile, Bonnie and Matt uncover a strange mystery; and Alaric reaches his breaking point when a devastating revelation is revealed.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2015

Stefan and Damon confront their mother with painful memories from their childhood, but Lily reveals a dark secret she's been harboring for over 160 years. The revelation leaves her sons questioning everything they've ever known about their family. Meanwhile, Enzo challenges Julian to a duel; Matt becomes entrenched in a deepening mystery involving the residents of Mystic Falls; and Valerie reveals some life-changing news to Caroline.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2015

As Julian and Lily throw a party to celebrate Mary Louise and Nora's anniversary, Stefan and Damon set in motion a risky plan to eliminate a new threat posed by Julian. -- (C) CW

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Air date: Dec 10, 2015

Damon and Stefan search for Julian in a small town outside of Mystic Falls, where Stefan takes matters into his own hands and sets off a tragic chain of events. Meanwhile, Bonnie strikes up an unlikely friendship with Nora; and Caroline does her best to navigate life as a pregnant vampire.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2016

Damon becomes trapped inside the Phoenix stone and is tormented by a traumatic experience from his time in the Civil War. He is forced to face his darkest demon in order to get out. Meanwhile, Bonnie tries to rescue Damon before the effects of the Phoenix stone take over and change him forever.

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THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is back with yet more romance, suspense, thrills and intoxicating chemistry. In the wake of Elena Gilbert's departure, the characters are forced to expose their true colours. As Lily continues to try to cause a rift between the Salvatore brothers, Stefan and Caroline attempt to keep their relationship strong through stormy waters.

Cast & Crew

Paul Wesley
Stefan Salvatore
Ian Somerhalder
Damon Salvatore
Kat Graham
Bonnie Bennett
Candice King
Caroline Forbes
Zach Roerig
Matt Donovan
Matt Davis
Alaric Saltzman
Annie Wersching
Michael Trevino
Tyler Lockwood
Nisey Woods
Kevin Williamson
Executive Producer
Julie Plec
Executive Producer
Leslie Morganstein
Executive Producer
Caroline Dries
Executive Producer
Pascal Verschooris
Chris Grismer
Geoffrey Wing Shotz
Brian Young
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Critic Reviews for The Vampire Diaries Season 7

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

The Jo and Alaric plot isn't going well either.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

The Vampire Diaries season finales are always some of its best hours...And the season 7 finale was no exception.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Well, we made it through our first Elena-less season! Between the heretics, the flash forwards (and backwards) and my constant pining over Steroline, I think we had more than enough to distract us from her absence.

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

It's great to see the show finally recognizing that Mystic Falls is a terrible place to live and getting civilians out of danger. Not great is the way they do it, via awkward voiceover and even more awkward pacing.

Oct 9, 2015 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

The Vampire Diaries kicked off its seventh season with one of their best season premieres ever.

Jan 18, 2019 | Full Review…

TVD is still crushing it. Amid all the blood, man meat, romance and spells, the teens grow up and sometimes go to school while the adults are always useless. It's the guiltiest of all TV pleasures and serves up many satisfying binge sessions.

Aug 31, 2018 | Full Review…

Try as I might, I doubt I'll ever be able to purge the image of Bonnie Bennett beheading Caroline Forbes from my memory.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

The shadow of Elena looms large, though, as the series' diary conceit is now comprised of the other characters writing journal entries specifically to her.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

So we've finally reached the end of our first Elena-free year of The Vampire Diaries, and it's been a perplexing year for the show.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

When it all comes down to it, there are still a dozen characters on this show that I know and love, and that's a pretty damn good number for any TV show. Let's see where this goes.

Oct 12, 2015 | Full Review…

So far, so decent, I'd have to say. It might be looking like "The Originals 2.0" for now, but who knows, they might have a few more tricks up their sleeves for us. Here's hoping.

Oct 9, 2015 | Full Review…

We've been saying it for weeks now, but The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Episode 1 was exactly the jumpstart this series needed. With new faces, new stories, and new loves, this feels a little like a brand new show.

Oct 9, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 7

  • Jan 28, 2017
    Season 7 of The Vampire Diaries delivers a new vision, post Elena, that's a bit darker and more expansive. Picking up on the apocalyptic preview at the end of the Season 6 finale, Mystic Falls becomes a deserted town when the Salvatores are forced to make a truce with the resurrected Heretics, but secretly the Salvatores plot to kill the Heretic's leader and reclaim their home. The tone is a lot darker than in seasons' past, and made more so by flash-forwards to 3 years in the future; foreshadowing that things will not end well in the present day storyline. However, as much as the show tries to explore new characters and relationships, the absence of Elena is keenly felt; particularly in regard to the show's signature love triangle, which the writers try to substitute with a lesbian romance. But this romance doesn't work, and in fact none of the new romances have much traction. Also, there's a real bad piece of miscasting with Leslie-Anne Huff as the season's main villain, vampire hunter Rayna Cruz. Yet, the main cast continues to bring their A-game and the 3-year flash-forwards adds a lot of mystery and intrigue to the show. Season 7 has its problems, but The Vampire Diaries remains an extremely compelling and exciting series that's full of rich, interesting characters.
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  • May 09, 2021
    Best Vampire show in like forever. Absolutely the the best option for binge watching too.
  • Aug 15, 2020
    To be honest guys i wanna act in movies, but in scary ones like this one good season
  • Jul 31, 2020
    The new focus on Caroline helps bring some life into the once lifeless formula.
  • Apr 29, 2020
    The departure of Nina Dobrev's Elena makes The seventh Vampire Diaries instalment a boring and narratively slight season.
  • Feb 25, 2020
    Up until now the series has been incredible With the loss of one of the main characters the rest of the cast try and make up for it, they do quite a good job but the storyline has lost a lot of its wants amazing Grace. The season are still in the see but please be ready to be disappointed
  • Dec 23, 2019
    it was great but also my least favourite season
  • Jan 06, 2019
    Caroline and Alark? Elena where you at. Damon Hero? This season is completely different, a new style of twists that will knot your heart up in little bits and bring you the best joy ever. Watchout for the season finale though. Get the tissues and a bucket of popcorn.
  • Jun 12, 2017
    Season 7 is a big change for the characters of Mystic Falls and the viewers. The end of the last season said farewell to Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert. Elena fell under a sleeping curse Kai put on her. Since it’s linked to Bonnie’s life there’s almost nothing they can do to bring her back. The show now goes on with both Damon and Stefan without its core character. Our heroes will still face new evils, new competition, and new emotional contests. Plus the episodes have a sudden flash-forward to 3 years in the future. All of the characters are on different paths. For now the first half of Season 7 shows that Lily Salvatore has officially returned from the 1903 prison world. Kai came along with and broke up Jo and Alaric’s wedding. Liv even died in order for Tyler to survive. Kai was defeated but Elena was lost to everyone in the process. How can Damon possibly go on without her? Is it for several years or for eternity? Perhaps Damon may be too afraid to see what he is like without her. Now Mystic Falls is under the control of Lily and her band of Heretics. In order to prevent further bloodshed her sons make a deal with her to empty the town thus she can live with her “family” in their home. The Heretics consist of Mary-Louise, Valerie, Beau, and Nora. Now it looks like Lily has completely abandoned Stefan and Damon making their blood ties absent. The arrival of Mary-Louise and Nora also sets up a big change for the face of the show being that they are the first gay couple. It’s all about keeping up with the progressive, equal, tolerant world today. Stefan and Damon want to fix things by reminding Lily of a similar individual from their past. Maybe Lily is blinded by love for another to have any concern for her children. Considering she tossed them aside does she deserve what’s coming to her? Damon may never truly forgive her. It’s very tragic to see this family disintegrate after so much has transpired. Enzo has joined with the Heretics too mostly because of Lily. Enzo is taken in by The Armory. A woman named Alex claims to be related to him. His father actually founded the Armory itself. Enzo is so lost at this point maybe he’s not redeemable. He’s made a habit out of making enemies out of everyone. When in Europe with Damon and Bonnie, Alaric sought a way to see his wife again. He comes across an artifact called the Phoenix Stone that can bring people back from the dead. Of course we know that comes with a terrible price. The stone seems to work but not in the way everyone hopes as it holds the souls of slaughtered vampires and the souls randomly go into whatever body the stone is used on. Later Bonnie finds a blade that connects to the stone. If a vampire is stabbed with it they are trapped in their own personal hell for eternity. Damon goes through his own trials and tribulations in order to confront his greatest demon. It truly shows the tricky balance between life and death, not to mention that confronting your own fears is just as difficult. Stefan may come to the realization that he may never be happy as long as Damon is around. Could he still be with Caroline though? Matt officially has become a police officer doing his best to protect ordinary citizens. Matt meets a female cop named Penny. He’s officially fed up with vampires consuming everything and taking everything away. It may mean he has to abandon his friends. Caroline gets most of the beating from Nora and Valerie. In the process Valerie reveals an enormous secret from Stefan’s past: Valerie was the first true love of Stefan’s life. This was way before he met Katherine and Elena. Stefan is surprised by all of this. A clue discovered during the wedding massacre also reveals a big revelation for Alaric and Jo’s children. There may be hope yet plus Caroline goes through the second biggest change of her life. Lily and Valerie tell the tale of how they each met Stefan and Julian in 1863. Lily fell in love with Julian. Valerie grew fearful of him. Valerie was pregnant after she met Stefan but Julian took away her freedom. Lily wants Julian to come back and his soul is trapped inside the Phoenix Stone. After he is resurrected Lily tries to make amends of course it doesn’t come easy. Valerie also tries to convince everyone he is a soulless monster. It seems though that Julian has the upper hand. We see how one monster can easily manipulate ones whom are so loyal. The second half of the season introduces the next big baddie: the Vampire Huntress. Her real name is Rayna Cruz. Flashbacks show her father was one of the Brotherhood of the Five. Julian killed her family and she was created by Shamans (The Everlastings). The dagger with the Phoenix Stone belongs to her and all whom are marked by it won’t be safe until she kills them. She’s also immune to magic and can die and be brought back over and over again. The other issue is that if Rayna dies everyone marked by her will also die. Enzo kidnaps her to deliver to the Armory but she escapes. A few of the characters fall at her hands while Stefan makes a big sacrifice for Damon. You can imagine how burdening of a life Rayna lives considering all she’s done is slain so many never having a moment to herself. 3 years then go by towards the end of the season. Now we see a desperate attempt for everyone to rid Rayna Cruz once and for all. Will they end up victorious? Or will Rayna kill every single vampire out there??? Bonnie also suffers a major drawback. When in a depressed state she meets a woman named Virginia. She’s also a St. John. It turns out the Armory’s true goal is to open a cavern containing an ancient evil of the world that’s more deadly than anything. If it gets out there’s no stopping it. Bonnie at her most desperate hour is given new life but at a risky cost. This is a woman whom isn’t ok with being powerless but wants the life that’s just out of her grasp. That’s what I think makes her such a likeable character. Season 7 goes deeper and deeper with the human emotions and the heartbreaking decisions our heroes have to make. Some of it may not be as great as previous seasons but the writers still try their best. The good comes with the bad. Death doesn’t erase your mistakes. Someone can love you for you. Do the sins of the parents project onto the children? Does love truly blind us? Can we ever truly forgive ourselves or do we hold onto that hatred? Who do we determine who is family? We all face our own hell. In order to be free we have to let others go. There’s a special crossover episode for both fans of this show and The Originals. It’s quite the occasion and shows how amazing the writing has progressed. Seeing these two shows cross paths makes me so giddy. It’s always a breath of fresh air to see. I love that Season 7 has gotten progressively darker and harsher on an emotional level. True Elena isn’t around to see what everyone’s going through but Damon, Stefan, Caroline, Bonnie, Alaric, and Enzo are never ones to quit. They’ll keep living their lives in her memory. With the finale all seems right as rain but alas, that last step that seems so close just gets farther away. The cliffhanger is scary, too and paves the way for a much bleaker, more sinister storyline. All that’s left now is to wrap up everyone’s story. The next great evil is on the horizon in Mystic Falls but will our heroes succeed like they always do? Season 8 intends to write the final entries of everyone’s journey. Some will flourish, some will flounder. We’ve seen and grown-up with these characters so much and the next chapter of their lives awaits. It’s time for one last story. Everything has been leading to the definitive final chapter. Are they ready for a finale fight and a goodbye? Not me....
  • Sep 14, 2016
    This season was better than season 6 but it's good it comes to an end. I watched 10 episodes and then had a break (couple of months) and then i encouraged myself to finish the other episodes and i don't regret it. It's good season 8 is the last season!

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