The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)
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The Departed 

In the third season finale, determined to protect his sister, Jeremy makes a decision that will change everything. Bonnie makes a secret deal that has heartbreaking consequences.


John Behring


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




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Daniel Gillies ... Elijah Mikaelson
Marguerite MacIntyre ... Sheriff Liz Forbes
Torrey DeVitto ... Dr. Meredith Fell
Sara Canning ... Jenna Sommers


Alaric has informed the ancestral council, which agreed to depose monsters-compromised sheriff and mayoress and resume the ruthless hunt for vampires. The Salvatore brother make a pact to accept whoever Elena chooses, but she explains to Matt she must, yet can't decide. Original Elijah is back and convinces Stefan and Elena, to Damon's horror, to let his family help them deal with Alaric and Klaus. Tyler convinces Caroline she must leave him and flee as his bloodline is doomed by Klaus's fate, but when Alaric finally gets to his storage-hidden coffin and strikes with the last ultimate stake, the results are utterly different, due to a switch no vampire notices yet. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

10 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgia, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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The highest rated episode of The Vampire Diaries out of all 8 seasons. See more »


38:41 Vampire blood is shown incorrectly stored in an un-spun serum separator tube, instead of an edta whole blood tube or no additive tube. See more »


Caroline Forbes: We can't just leave town.
[nervous little laugh]
Tyler Lockwood: Yes, we can.
Caroline Forbes: No, but our friends need us.
Tyler Lockwood: And our mothers need us to stay alive. Look, uh,
Tyler Lockwood: Stefan and Damon are going to do whatever it takes to protect themselves. But this is our lives. So lemme protect you.
Caroline Forbes: [shakes her head] I will go anywhere with you. And if we have to spend the rest of our lives running...
[still shaking her head]
Caroline Forbes: I will run with you. But first... I have to help our friends.
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Just loving these Finales!!
24 September 2019 | by ava792See all my reviews

Damn! I am just loving these finales! These are so good I am consumed. My oh my it is an epic ride!! The only thing I did wrong was watch half of The Originals first😓 So now I can't feel all the feels. Well, but the love triangle is still new to me. So there's that. Anyway, I'll still enjoy all that I can.

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