The Vampire Diaries: Season 8 (2016 - 2017)


Season 8
The Vampire Diaries

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 14


Audience Score

User Ratings: 382
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Air date: Oct 21, 2016
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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 (14) | 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…
Top Critic

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…

All told, it should make for an interesting run of final episodes.

Jan 23, 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…
Top Critic

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…

Knowing how fast The Vampire Diaries blows through plot this might not be the final evil, but at least it's being set up to be a good one. It's just what they need.

Oct 24, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 8

  • Jul 16, 2018
    In the final season of The Vampire Diaries the Salvatore brothers face the biggest bad of them all, the Devil himself. After falling victim to a siren Damon makes a deal with her master, Cade (aka the Devil), for him and his brother to provide Cade with souls in exchange for escaping eternal damnation; but when Cade starts making excessive demands Damon plots to kills him and destroy hell. Nathalie Kelley makes for an especially sensual and ruthless villain to kick off the season with, however Wole Parks as Cade is a little underwhelming. In fact, having a Devil and a psychic hell dimension is kind of a strange place for the series mythology to go. Still, it gives the season stakes and sets up an end game. A number of cast members from previous seasons make cameos, and the series finale does a pretty good job at tying everything up. Season 8 of The Vampire Diaries has some weaknesses, but overall it delivers an exciting adventure that's full of thrills (and chills).
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2019
    I am in love! This season was so dramatic and interesting to watch, couldn't take my eyes away!
  • Jan 24, 2019
    I was sad elena had to sleep for 60 years but now i am very glad stefan sacrificed himself for elana and damon
  • Jan 06, 2019
    What a way to end the 8 seasons. New romances? Has Damon gone bad again? Enzo? literally hell fire. What more could you ask for?
  • Aug 12, 2018
    Season 8 was the worst of all the seasons! Nina Dobrev messed up this show when she left it due to the fact she was one of the main characters. :(
  • Jun 02, 2018
    i relly wanna see it
  • Feb 17, 2018
    amazing and the most touching drama ever seen in my life thanks to all the writers actors and the whole cast for the amazing experience
  • Jan 29, 2018
  • Jan 17, 2018
    Best series i ever watched the finale made me cry
  • Aug 03, 2017
    It had a little bit of a sad ending, but it was overall a very good show and I appreciated the way that they ended the series on a fairly positive note.

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