The Vampire Diaries

2009, TV Show

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Do Supernatural Shows Need a Human Element?

Though the vampire and zombie trends might be on their last legs, it's likely only a matter of time before the next supernatural fad hits the airwaves. But no matter what type of otherworldly being is in the spotlight, is it possible for a supernatural show to be too supernatural? Does a series need that grounding humanity to keep it from spiraling into the absurd? Or is it the "anything goes," free-for-all attitude that makes us love these shows in the first place?

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Season 5, Episode 22
In the season finale, Damon's plan causes a huge explosion in Mystic Falls, and everyone is caught up in the confusion, leaving a trail of heroism, sacrifice, relief and despair.

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Season 5, Episode 21
When Stefan and Elena escape from Markos' (recurring guest star RAFFI BARSOUMIAN) control, only to find themselves stranded in a remote location, Stefan gets philosophical with Elena about her relationship with Damon. After their attempt to protect the doppelgangers goes badly, Liv (recurring guest star PENELOPE MITCHELL) and Luke (recurring guest star CHRIS BROCHU) come up with a dangerous new strategy. Damon recruits Matt and Jeremy to help him set a trap for Markos, who turns out to have a devastating surprise of his own. Bonnie finally admits to Caroline that she's been keeping the truth about the Other Side from everyone. Finally, while Bonnie searches desperately for a way to stop Markos, Caroline is witness to an unthinkable act of violence by one of the Travelers.

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Season 5, Episode 20
When Tyler turns up at the Salvatore house with the news that Markos' (recurring guest star RAFFI BARSOUMIAN) plan to break the witches' curse puts Stefan and Elena in imminent danger, Damon suggests they hide out in the remote cabin once owned by Caroline's father. Once there, it becomes obvious to Caroline that Stefan and Elena are keeping a secret, so Damon comes up with a parlor game designed to expose the truth. A ghostly presence at the cabin uses violence and fire to make itself known. Meanwhile, Matt takes charge of Tyler's plan to get information from one of the Travelers, and Bonnie continues to keep the truth about the Other Side from Jeremy, despite warnings from Grams (recurring guest star JASMINE GUY).

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Season 5, Episode 19
Through flashbacks to election night 1960, Enzo (MICHAEL MALARKEY) reveals to Elena, Stefan and Bonnie what happened to his long-lost love, Maggie (HEATHER HEMMENS – Hellcats).

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Do Supernatural Shows Need a Human Element?

Though the vampire and zombie trends might be on their last legs, it's likely only a matter of time before the next supernatural fad hits the airwaves. But no matter what type of otherworldly being is in the spotlight, is it possible for a supernatural show to be too supernatural? Does a series need that grounding humanity to keep it from spiraling into the absurd? Or is it the "anything goes," free-for-all attitude that makes us love these shows in the first place?

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The Originals' Joseph Morgan Weds Persia White

The Originals star Joseph Morgan tied the knot with Persia White earlier this month, People reports.

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Mega Buzz: Chicago Fire's Triangle, a Scandal Death and Sleepy Sneakiness

Every week, senior reporter Natalie Abrams satisfies your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them to @NatalieAbrams

What can you say is coming up for Lindsay and Severide this season on Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire— Nina
A love triangle! Showrunner Matt Olmstead says that Severide will stay with Lindsay throughout Season 3, but he also says that sparks will continue to fly between Lindsay and her partner Halstead. "I'm sure it will be sticky again for Lindsey and Halstead," Jesse Lee Soffer says. "They obviously still have a connection. Who knows if they'll take that risk and if Voight will allow that to happen or if he'll end up killing somebody?" I know he's kidding, but let's not forget what happened to poor Jin in the season finale! RIP!

Is Harrison really going to die on Scandal? — Pamela
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The Vampire Diaries' Julie Plec: Elena Has Lost the Man She Thought She'd Spend Eternity With

Vampire Diaries fans have seen Elena Gilbert grieve, but when Season 6 premieres, she'll have seemingly moved on from losing the love of her life, Damon.

"One of the big questions you'll be asking when we get back is how did she pick up the pieces?" executive producer Julie Plec told TVGuide.com. "Or did she pick up the pieces at all? When we come back, several months have passed and Elena has returned to her life at school and seems to be doing well, but the mystery is really how well is she doing? And she's got some odd and awkward coping mechanisms that inform a lot about where she is and how she's handling this particular grief."

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CBS' Stalker From Kevin Williamson Is Not Another Following

Between Scream's violent murders, The Vampire Diaries' blood-lusting vampires and The Following's serial killers, Kevin Williamson has become synonymous with horrifying tales that will most likely end in tragedy. Although his new CBS drama Stalker goes down a similarly dark route in the show's pilot, the executive producer promises this is a very different show from his past work, in particular the bloody and often gruesome Following.  

"In my mind, it's apples and oranges," Williamson told reporters at the Television Critics Association's fall previews on Thursday. "'We have... read more

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Premiered: September 10, 2009, on CW
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: A Virginia high-school student falls for a new boy in class who is actually a centuries-old vampire struggling to live peacefully among humans. Based on the young-adult book series by L.J. Smith.

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