The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)
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Before Sunset 

Klaus acts on his intentions to leave town with Elena, but finds resistance from a surprising new enemy. Damon and Stefan have a surprisingly candid conversation about the future.


Chris Grismer


Kevin Williamson (developed for television by), Julie Plec (developed for television by) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Nina Dobrev ... Elena Gilbert
Paul Wesley ... Stefan Salvatore
Ian Somerhalder ... Damon Salvatore
Steven R. McQueen ... Jeremy Gilbert
Kat Graham ... Bonnie Bennett
Zach Roerig ... Matt Donovan
Candice King ... Caroline Forbes (as Candice Accola)
Michael Trevino ... Tyler Lockwood
Matthew Davis ... Alaric Saltzman (as Matt Davis)
Joseph Morgan ... Klaus Mikaelson
Claire Holt ... Rebekah Mikaelson
Marguerite MacIntyre ... Sheriff Liz Forbes
Persia White ... Abby Bennett Wilson
Susan Walters ... Carol Lockwood
Hillary Harley Hillary Harley ... Nurse (as Hillary Anne Harley)


Alaric isn't dying but transformed into a slayer like Michael, destined to eradicate vampires. The Salvatore brothers agree to dismiss their rivalry for Elena and seek all possible allies, even Klaus, who wants to run but take Elena to create his hybrid army. Alaric orders Elena to kill Caroline, whom he captured, to become a proper vampire hunter. When he refrains from hurting Elena, she realizes the slayer spell bound his life to hers. Klaus switches sides and Bonnie is asked to recreate the lockup spell which immobilized Michael. Jeremy agrees to that end to let her stop his heart, a cosmic balance requirement. Klaus discovers that Tyler broke his sire spell as he attempts to free Caroline. But the actual spell works quite differently for the vampire fiends. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

3 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


At the end Damon says 'Once more, with feeling!' Which is the title of the musical episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. See more »


When Klaus attacks Elena's house in an attempt to get in, Bonnie is still wearing her dress and elaborate hairstyle from the night before. Then, just minutes later, when she comes onto the porch to tell them that she has an idea to stop Alaric, she is wearing a shirt with red trim and her hair is long and straight. There would have been very little time between Klaus's attack and the conversation on the porch for her to change AND straighten her hair. See more »


Caroline Forbes: Where's Matt?
Rebekah Mikaelson: He bailed. Got called into work at the last minute.
Caroline Forbes: Are you kidding me? So it's just us?
Rebekah Mikaelson: Yes, and you're late. Clean-up committee started at eight o'clock.
Caroline Forbes: It's, like, 8:02.
Rebekah Mikaelson: Exactly. I managed to turn up on time, and I didn't even get to attend the dance that
Rebekah Mikaelson: I... organized.
[continues clearing up]
Caroline Forbes: [sighs] I'm sorry about your Mom. I mean, I know you, like, hated her and everything, but... still... I'm sorry.
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