Critic Consensus: After a floundering fourth season, Vampire Diaries redeems itself with scorching twists that remind viewers that nothing is sacred.
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as Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce
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as Damon Salvatore
as Jeremy Gilbert
as Wes Maxfield
as Sheriff Forbes
News & Interviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 5
Luckily, it didn't disappoint, with a whole batch of exciting new storylines, some wonderful one-liners and serious drama.
The Vampire Diaries has a cruel way of reminding viewers that no character is safe in this world.
With its apparent complacency, willingness to coast on its love triangle and inability to make character deaths matter, it delivered Home, a season finale that single-handedly redeems the last two years with one brave, gut-wrenching sequence.
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Audience Reviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 5
Without the Originals The Vampire Diaries hemorrhages in its fifth season, but after some false starts it eventually recovers. The story arcs follow the mythology of the doppelganger; in the first half of the season Stefan's doppelganger Silas reveals that the doppelganger lines stretch back thousands of years (created as part of a witch's curse), and he precedes to coerce the Salvatores and Elena into helping him become mortal. And in the second half of the season, a sect of witches known as Travels attempt to end the doppelganger line and undo unnatural match; which will bring an end to vampires and werewolves. Unfortunately these plots take a while to get any traction, and there are several subplots that don’t work out; like Elaine and Caroline going to college, and the Augustine Society. Still, the episodes are full of intrigue and introduce some exciting new characters. Additionally, the series crosses the 100th episode milestone this season with a powerful episode that wraps up one of the longest running story arcs of the show. Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries is a bit of a letdown, but continues to develop the characters and the mythology is interesting new ways.
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