In the wake of last week's explosion that killed most of the council, a mysterious hunter has come to Mystic Falls and is ready to get to work.
Still growing into her new life as a vampire, Stefan is coaching Elena through the difficult transition with her heightened senses and cravings for blood.
And now the world has one more quarterback. Bravo Stefan.
Continuing in the hours following Elena and Matt's crash over the bridge, Elena wakes up in her bed, confused and without the memories of what happened.
Klaus may be out of the game but with Alaric still on the hunt, anything can happen in the season's finale, The Departed.
When Klaus first came to Mystic Falls he hit the small town like a hurricane but now, there's something worse; it can't be killed, it won't show mercy and its name is Alaric.
For a thousand years Esther watched her children destroy countless lives.
After the its latest hiatus, was the return of The Vampire Diaries worth the wait?
With only one white oak stake left, Alaric's darker half is the only person that knows its whereabouts and it's up to Stefan get it out of him, no matter what the cost.
Do you remember when The Vampire Diaries wasn't boring?
After the revealing that he still had some white oak left at the end of last week's episode, Damon, Alaric and Stefan get to work right away and build almost a dozen stakes to kill Klaus and the originals.
After Klaus killed his father, it seemed as though all hope of destroying the originals was lost but when an old friend from Damon's past returns, that may no longer be the case.
Still wanting to disprove the notion he could be the serial killer, Alaric undergoes the latest battery of tests from Dr. Fell.
It was one hundred years ago when a councillor was murdered in Mystic Falls but after a century of time, history may be repeating itself and Alaric may be at the centre of it.
After waking up alive and in prison, Alaric is questioned by Sheriff Liz who suspects he may have something to do with the latest string of murders.
Since Esther told her that she planned to kill her entire family, Elena has been torn as to whether she should save Elijah or let Esther destroy him along with Klaus and rest of the originals.
Following the emotional fallout after last week, Stefan and Elena are brooding (which usually happens at the end of each episode).