The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)
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It's Been a Hell of a Ride 

Damon and Stefan join forces against Cade to protect Elena's casket, while Caroline and Alaric cope with their daughters' growing powers.


Pascal Verschooris


Kevin Williamson (developed by), Julie Plec (developed by) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Paul Wesley ... Stefan Salvatore
Ian Somerhalder ... Damon Salvatore
Kat Graham ... Bonnie Bennett
Candice King ... Caroline Forbes
Zach Roerig ... Matt Donovan (credit only)
Matthew Davis ... Alaric Saltzman (as Matt Davis)
Michael Malarkey ... Lorenzo 'Enzo' St. John
Chris Wood ... Kai Parker
Wolé Parks ... Cade
Lily Rose Smith ... Josie Saltzman (as Lily Rose Mumford)
Tierney Smith ... Lizzie Saltzman (as Tierney Mumford)


Cade makes Damon choose whether to save Stefano or Elena, but accepts Damon offering himself for eternal suffering in hell. Bonnie refuses to accept this and starts a psychic duel about whose dimension will prevail, which she's bound to loose, but Cade is vanquished by Caroline. Alaric and she find it ever harder to control their pubescent daughters' witch powers and plan a special school, but Kai seeks his revenge on them. Kai is tormented in Bonnie's custom made bar version of hell for him, but smirks pointing out Cade's death doesn't actually extinguish hell, it's only to be ruled by the brothers' worst enemy. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

24 February 2017 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The episode title comes from a quote said by Damon to Elena in season 1 episode 20. See more »


Cade: Go to hell!
Stefan Salvatore: You first.
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References The Silence of the Lambs (1991) See more »


This Explosion Within
Written by Christoffer Franzén
Performed by Lights & Motion
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Two Princes
27 April 2018 | by heniekbSee all my reviews

Or should I say, isn't it ironic? Kai Parker was the funniest part of the season 6 so it was nice to see him back on the track. A very short lived come back lived up to my expectations. I'm glad the producers didn't try to make him a better person. His charm lies in his lack of empathy and at least he has a clear direction while the other characters just meandering from episode to episode from season to season. And the scene with Spin Doctors song, yeah, a great farewell to the best villain in 'Vampire Dairies'.

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