The Vampire Diaries: Season 8 (2016 - 2017)


Season 8
The Vampire Diaries

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Even into its eighth season, The Vampire Diaries exceeds genre expectations while still servicing fans with Nina Dobrev's return.



Critic Ratings: 16


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User Ratings: 443

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Air date: Oct 21, 2016

Season 8 begins with Stefan searching for Damon and Enzo after they mysteriously vanished months ago from the Armory vault. Meanwhile, Caroline and Alaric fear that someone is targeting their family after they encounter an unexpected visitor.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2016

After learning that someone from Stefan's past may be Damon and Enzo's next target, Stefan, Bonnie and Caroline head to North Carolina. There, Bonnie takes drastic measures in an attempt to break Enzo free of whatever has a hold over him. Meanwhile, at the armory, Alaric and Georgie stumble upon a mysterious symbol that may be related to the supernatural force controlling Damon and Enzo.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2016

Enzo continues to fight the control over him; Bonnie is forced to make a heart-wrenching decision involving two of the most important people in her life; Alaric researches a mysterious artifact that may help bring Damon and Enzo back; Damon's downward spiral leads him to Tyler Lockwood who tries to talk some sense into him before it's too late.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2016

Tasked with finding a mysterious artifact, Damon's latest mission takes him to Texas where a violent run-in with Peter Maxwell leads to a surprising revelation. Meanwhile, Stefan and Alaric uncover the origins of the mysterious force they're up against; and Matt returns to the fray after his past and present collide in an unexpected way.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2016

Damon spirals down a dangerous path of self-destruction, which forces Stefan to make a gut-wrenching decision that threatens to change their relationship forever. Meanwhile, Bonnie gets advice from Caroline on how to break through to Enzo; and Matt attempts to decipher a mysterious box of messages that he received. Finally, after tragedy strikes close to home, Stefan and the others are forced to remember what matters most to them.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2016

Caroline takes drastic measures to ensure her family's safety when her children become the focus of the Siren's latest plan, and Stefan pledges to do everything he can to save the twins. Meanwhile, Enzo is unable to fight off Sybil's latest move; and Stefan dives into his subconscious and sets off a chain of events that leaves him faced with a life-changing decision.

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Air date: Dec 9, 2016

Stefan's Christmas Eve dinner with Caroline is crashed by Damon and Sybil, and things quickly take a dark and twisted turn. Meanwhile, in a series of flashbacks to Stefan's past, Cade's attempt to entice him with his mysterious agenda leaves Stefan faced with an unimaginable decision.

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Air date: Jan 13, 2017

Stefan and Damon attend an anger management support group looking for their next victim. Meanwhile, Sybil uses a group of high school students as leverage to get Caroline to locate a historical artifact that can be used against her; and Stefan and Damon continue their commitment to Cade and test the morals of a young doctor.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2017

Stefan and Damon return to Mystic Falls at Sybil's request as she is still in search of the historical artifact. -- (C) CW

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Air date: Jan 27, 2017

Sybil enacts revenge on Damon by putting him in a catatonic state. Caroline and Bonnie enter Damon's mind and run into familiar faces from the past, only to discover Stefan is the key to Damon's fate. Meanwhile, Sybil and her sister, Seline, jockey for control of the bell.

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The final season of "The Vampire Diaries" begins a few months after it left off, with Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) on an epic killing spree after being kidnapped and enslaved by the Siren Sybil (Nathalie Kelley). During the search to find them, Stefan (Paul Wesley), Bonnie (Kat Graham), Caroline (Candice King), and Alaric (Matt Davis) discover that the mysterious force they are up against may be more powerful than they thought and they must go to great lengths to keep the people they love safe. When they discover Sybil's motive, they must do everything in their power to prevent her from accomplishing her goal. Caroline and Stefan take a big step in their relationship, but when Stefan is forced to turn off his humanity to protect the people he loves their plans are put on hold. Guest cast includes Nina Dobrev, Michael Trevino, and Steven R. McQueen.

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Critic Reviews for The Vampire Diaries Season 8

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (6)

Through ups and downs, deaths and undeaths, The Vampire Diaries kept it wild, interesting and mostly fun.

Mar 8, 2017 | Full Review…

Either way, it's the happy ending they've always wanted. Excuse us, we'll be over in the corner, sobbing.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Julie Plec promised an "emotional experience" in "The Vampire Diaries" series finale, and that's exactly what we got.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

The Vampire Diaries is and always was far better than it needed to be.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

No I didn't cry as I wrote that. (Yes I did.)

Nov 16, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

This season really put the idea of redemption into focus, and it served the narrative to perfection.

Apr 1, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Episodes which have featured the return of deceased characters have been pretty dull, but there was just something about this particular episode that got everything so right.

Apr 1, 2020 | Full Review…

The Vampire Diaries premiered for the eighth and final time. Written by the show's creators, Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, the episode delivered nostalgia, horror, romance, friendship, brotherly love, and new mysteries.

Jan 17, 2019 | Full Review…

With series finales, TV shows are asked to do something they have never done before: properly end the story. The results are often, -forgive the pun - middling. The Vampire Diaries managed to beat the odds by following a few simple rules.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

This wasn't a finale that took huge risks; rather, it was one that tried to sincerely give something back to its fans. Thanks, TVD. It's been epic.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

The way people talk about Buffy today is how they're going to talk about TVD in years to come. It's not over. It's eternal.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

For all the fanfare surrounding the return of Nina Dobrev for this finale, it always had to be them seeing the show off.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 8

  • Dec 28, 2020
    Love me some vampire 🧛‍♀️ Diaries ... so sad it was the la at season !
  • Dec 03, 2020
    8 seasons in and this show still manages to hold its own - even with leading lady Nina Dobrev out the picture. The final season is emotional, action packed and doesn't fail to keep the audience captivated. I am sad for it to go, but all good things must come to an end.
  • Aug 29, 2020
    I love this show, but so sad that is had to end. And I just wish that Stefan lived longer as a human and to be with Caroline longer.
  • Aug 24, 2020
    its one of those shows, where the antagonist really aggrivates you. i am usually fine with the evil side. but this siren lass is a piss take. this show really has gone downhill
  • Aug 15, 2020
    ! WOW ! good season i love it ! i hope you guys enjoy this serie/movie
  • Jul 31, 2020
    An ok final season that struggles to stick the landing.
  • May 20, 2020
    While the storyline lacks the same tightness and cohesion as previous seasons, the unexpected, gutwrenching deaths leave you paralyzed and remind you of how emotionally attached you are to the show. I thought the ending was bizarre but overall provided a satisfying end to a consuming series.
  • May 08, 2020
    Great show, starts slow in the first season but picks up quick!
  • May 04, 2020
    The Vampire Diaries finally comes to a close with enough emotional power to leave fans satisfied. The whole season was a riveting piece of television, from the sirens to the long awaited ending.
  • Feb 25, 2020
    The series started to go downhill with season seven and this just continued the downhill role. Of course after watching all the other seasons you have to watch this one it's a conclusion we have to find out what's going to happen, it produces the writers the creators all know this and they can put whatever they wanted into this program and know that it would still sell. Unfortunately they forgot what made the series great in the first place. Very poor and in very poor season disappointed

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