The Vampire Diaries: The Eighth and Final Season

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The Vampire Diaries: The Eighth and Final Season
The Vampire Diaries: The Eighth and Final Season

The Vampire Diaries comes to a close after eight seasons with the final set released on Blu-Ray.

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“Sink your teeth into The Vampire Diaries’ final chapter and prepare to say goodbye to this beloved series. Season Eight begins with Damon and Enzo continuing on their killing spree, both following the commands of a sinister and unnatural force. While Bonnie, Stefan and Caroline are grieving their loss, they team up to investigate who or what may be the cause of their disappearance. Alaric joins the search and continues to look for clues on how they escaped the Armory vault, and Matt’s family history will reveal a deeper connection to Mystic Falls and how he may be able to save the town from destruction. The final season promises high-stakes romance and drama in all 16 thrilling episodes of television’s most addictive and captivating vampires.”

These days, television shows have a tough time getting past season one, sometimes not even making it halfway through before cancellation. To have a show last eight seasons definitely shows that they must have been doing something right, appealing to a loyal fan-base through almost a decade of television.

Fans of this series will have no qualms about picking up this final season, but for someone who has not followed the series, I was thrown in to a world I knew nothing about, trying to learn the rules of the show, the characters and story-lines. What struck me most about this series was how dark it actually was. There is definitely a preconception about The Vampire Diaries, one that made me think of a teenage soap opera type of show. Although there are elements of that here, and perhaps more so in earlier seasons, season eight is exceptionally dark and violent, which may appeal to an older audience that may want to check out this show now that it is off the air.

Here’s a breakdown of the list of 16 episodes of the final season of The Vampire Diaries.

Disc One

  1. Hello, Brother – Months after Damon and Enzo vanish from the Armory vault, Stefan pushes forward with his search, while Bonnie struggles with holding on to hope that they will be found.
  2. Today Will Be Different – After learning that someone from Stefan’s past may be Damon and Enzo’s next target, Stefan, Bonnie and Caroline head to North Carolina.
  3. You Decided I Was Worth Saving – Enzo fights what’s controlling him, Bonnie is at the center of a deadly game, Alaric struggles to bring Damon and Enzo back, and Damon’s downward spiral leads him to Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino).
  4. An Eternity of Misery – Tasked with finding a mysterious artifact, Damon’s latest mission takes him to Texas, where a violent run-in with Peter Maxwell (Joel Gretsch) leads to a surprising revelation.
  5. Coming Home Was a Mistake – Damon may be beyond saving, Stefan makes a gut-wrenching decision, Bonnie gets advice from Caroline, and Matt tries to decipher a mysterious box of mysteries.
  6. Detoured on Some Random Backwoods Path to Hell – Caroline takes drastic measures to keep her family safe, and Stefan pledges to do everything he can to save the twins. Plus, Stefan faces a life-changing decision.

Disc Two

  1. The Next Time I Hurt Somebody, It Could Be You – Stefan wants Christmas Eve with Caroline to be perfect, but Damon and Sybil (Nathalie Kelley) crash their dinner. Meanwhile, Stefan must weigh an unimaginable choice.
  2. We Have History Together – In search of their next victim, Stefanand Damon attend an anger-management support group. Sybil is still alive, and the brothers are committed to Cade (Wole Parks).
  3. The Simple Intimacy of the Near Touch – Stefan and Damon return to Mystic Falls at Sybil’s request, and Bonnie comes home from Paris. Stefan, Damon, Caroline, Bonnie and Enzo all attend the Miss Mystic Falls pageant.
  4. Nostalgia’s a Bitch – Sybil exacts revenge on Damon by putting him into a catatonic state, and Caroline and Bonnie enter Damon’s mind, where they discover Stefan is the key to his brother’s fate.
  5. You Made a Choice to Be Good – Cade returns to Mystic Falls and presents Daman and Stefan with additional assignments, while Caroline and Matt protect the town’s residents from Cade’s appetite for their souls.
  6. What Are You? – Damon makes a deal with Cade to save Stefan’s soul by retrieving the Maxwell journal, and Caroline tries to connect with Stefan before Cade goes through with his plan.

Disc Three

  1. The Lies Will Catch Up to You – Damon and Alaric come face-to-face with an old enemy after they obtain a weapon that may destroy Cade. Stefan is held captive and forced to confront a dark secret from his past.
  2. It’s Been a Hell of a Ride – Damon and Stefan join forces against Cade to save Elena’s casket, and Caroline and Alaric deal with their daughters’ burgeoning magical powers.
  3. We’re Planning a June Wedding – A wedding is quickly planned so Damon and Stefan can lure out a dangerous nemesis. The looming threat puts Mystic Falls in imminent danger and must be destroyed.
  4. I Was Feeling Epic – With the fate of Mystic Falls at stake, Stefan and Damon must face their greatest enemy for one last battle in the epic series finale.

 

Special Features

On this set, you’re going to see:

  • Last Days as a Vampire – Sit in on the final days of shooting with the cast and creators.
  • 2016 Comic-Con Panel – The cast and producers discuss the final season.
  • Come Visit Georgia PSA – See how locations in an around Atlanta become Mystic Falls.
  • Unaired Scenes

The Vampire Diaries Season 8 brings to a close a longstanding and popular series that fans of the show will surely miss. Thanks to a great treatment of the show and low price, especially for a Blu-Ray version of a television show, fans of the series will want to be sure to pick this up.

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