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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The highest rated episode of The Vampire Diaries out of all 8 seasons. See more »


Stefan and Matt state that Damon is '100 miles out of town' and 'cannot get back within 1 hour'. However, as shown multiple times throughout the series, Damon is capable of running at many times faster than 100 mph, so fast that he is just a blur. He would have been able to return to Mystic Falls well within 1 hour. See more »


Caroline Forbes: All right. Couch. Now!
Elena Gilbert: Oh, I told you, I'm fine!
Caroline Forbes: Doctor says rest, you rest.
[Elena sighs,then settles in on couch]
Caroline Forbes: Now, what can I get you? Do you want some tea?
[blanket for Elena]
Caroline Forbes: Maybe some... vodka? Both will help you sleep.
[reminded of better times, Elena looks at her friend with bright eyes, then sighs]
Caroline Forbes: I know. Being smothering, it's what I do.
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this is the final straw

Like I said, the fun of Season One is long gone. And with what happens to Elena at the end of this episode... I just sat back and used a trusty old expletive followed by "I don't like this." First, Catherine, then Alaric, now Elena...? That said, though, Candice Accola's vampire performance has made her just even more unforgettable, so... I may yet be swayed...

And this episode delivers thrills and spills galore. I knew last time that it would not be goodbye to Klaus, but now, TVD-wise, he has been relegated to the spin-off show THE ORIGINALS (of which I know next to nothing about, although I've got Season One waiting in the wings). It kinda seems that Zack Roerig might finally be out of a job (guy probably came in late and left early anyway... :) I mean, anybody else found it funny that he is billed before Candice Accola?)

Welcome sight in this episode: Sara Canning as Jenna, albeit for back-flashes only.

Next season may see a somewhat reduced cast...? (yeah, I watch on DVD years after the event, and I don't peek up ahead...)

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