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The Vampire Diaries 7 Seasons 2012

Season 3
4.8 out of 5 stars (787) IMDb 7.9/10

The third season of The CW's number one series opens the door to learn more about Klaus and the Original Family of vampires as his motives for wanting Stefan on his side are finally revealed. As Stefan sinks deeper into the dark side, Damon and Elena struggle with the guilt of their growing bond, even as they work together to bring Stefan back from the edge.

Starring:
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley
Original air date:
May 10, 2012

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1. The Birthday

In the third season premiere, it's Elena's 18th birthday. As she searches for clues to locate Stefan, Damon tries to keep her from doing anything that might draw Klaus's attention.

CC TV-NR September 15, 2011 42 minutes
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2. The Hybrid

Damon and Alaric reluctantly go along with Elena's new strategy to find Stefan, leading Damon into a dangerous fight with an unexpected enemy.

CC TV-NR September 22, 2011 42 minutes
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3. The End Of The Affair

Stefan is reunited with a vampire (CLAIRE HOLT), from decades earlier. In a flashback to the 1920s, Stefan comes face to face with a shocking chapter from his wild past.

CC TV-NR September 29, 2011 42 minutes
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4. Disturbing Behavior

A frustrating new enemy pushes Damon over the brink and he lashes out in a way that will have lasting consequences. Bonnie has a strange encounter that will affect everyone.

CC TV-NR October 6, 2011 41 minutes
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5. The Reckoning

Caroline is determined to see that Elena, Bonnie, Matt and Tyler all enjoy a traditional Senior Prank Night before the school year begins ... but the evening takes a deadly turn.

CC TV-NR October 13, 2011 42 minutes
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6. Smells Like Teen Spirit

On the first day of their senior year, Elena, Caroline, Bonnie and Matt still reel from recent events. Meanwhile, Stefan continues to carry out his latest assignment from Klaus.

CC TV-NR October 20, 2011 43 minutes
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7. Ghost World

Preparing to celebrate the traditional Illumination Night, Mystic Falls is invaded by spirits. After a violent encounter with an angry spirit, Damon asks Bonnie for help.

CC TV-NR October 27, 2011 43 minutes
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8. Ordinary People

Elena and Rebekah (CLAIRE HOLT) engage in a power struggle, until Rebekah finally reveals some of her family's ancient secrets and the violent past she shares with Klaus.

CC TV-NR November 3, 2011 42 minutes
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9. Homecoming

On the night of the Homecoming dance, Rebekah (CLAIRE HOLT) tells Elena why the evening is so important to her, leaving Elena with conflicting emotions. MY MORNING JACKET performs.

CC TV-NR November 10, 2011 42 minutes
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10. The New Deal

Klaus turns to violence to convince Damon and Elena that no one will be safe until he finds Stefan and gets his family back. Tyler faces consequences of his actions as a hybrid.

CC TV-NR January 5, 2012 43 minutes
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11. Our Town

Elena, Bonnie and Matt surprise Caroline with a small party for her 18th birthday. Tyler refuses to go along with Klaus' latest demand.

CC TV-NR January 12, 2012 43 minutes
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12. The Ties That Bind

Bonnie's recurring dreams about Klaus' coffins lead her to a reunion with her mother, Abby (PERSIA WHITE - Girlfriends), whom Bonnie hasn't seen for 15 years.

CC TV-NR January 19, 2012 43 minutes
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13. Bringing Out the Dead

Sheriff Forbes (MARGUERITE MacINTYRE) delivers disturbing news to Alaric and Elena about a recent murder weapon, and Caroline is heartbroken when unable to stop a tragedy unfold.

CC TV-NR February 2, 2012 43 minutes
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14. Dangerous Liasons

Elena is invited to a formal ball at Klaus' mansion and learns of a horrifying plan that could lead to numerous deaths. Who can she trust with her new information?

CC TV-NR February 9, 2012 43 minutes
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15. All My Children

When Elijah (DANIEL GILLIES) gives Damon and Stefan a dangerous ultimatum that puts Elena in danger, they turn to Alaric and Meredith (TORREY DeVITTO) for help.

CC TV-NR February 16, 2012 43 minutes
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16. 1912

The present-day murders in Mystic Falls remind Damon of a similar crime spree a century earlier. Flashing back to 1912, Damon recalls a beautiful vampire, Sage (CASSIDY FREEMAN).

CC TV-NR March 15, 2012 42 minutes
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17. Break On Through

Damon is surprised to learn why Sage (CASSIDY FREEMAN) has returned, and pleased when she devises an unusual method to help him figure out what Rebekah (CLAIRE HOLT) is up to.

CC TV-NR March 22, 2012 43 minutes
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18. The Murder of One

Stefan's emotional turmoil leads him to a dangerous confrontation with Klaus and, later, to a heartbreaking moment with Elena. CLAIRE HOLT and CASPER ZAFER guest star.

CC TV-NR March 29, 2012 41 minutes
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19. Heart of Darkness

Caroline is thrilled when Tyler returns to town, but Tyler soon suspects that something has been going on between Caroline and Klaus. Matt tries to keep Rebecca (CLAIRE HOLT) busy.

CC TV-NR April 19, 2012 43 minutes
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20. Do Not Go Gentle

The 1920s Decade Dance takes a deadly turn when Damon and Stefan realize they need the help of Matt, Jeremy and Bonnie to undo a spell that could be devastating for everyone.

CC TV-NR April 26, 2012 42 minutes
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21. Before Sunset

Klaus acts on his intentions to leave town with Elena, but finds resistance from a surprising new enemy. Damon and Stefan have a surprisingly candid conversation about the future.

CC TV-NR May 3, 2012 43 minutes
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22. 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.

CC TV-NR May 10, 2012 43 minutes
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DVD Version:

22 Episodes
5 DVD Discs
English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Audio Commentaries

Special Features

The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Descent into Darkness (Featurette)
The Original Vampires: The Beginning (Featurette)
Second Bite: Bloopers

Blu-ray Version:

22 Episodes
4 Blu-ray Discs
English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
Audio Commentaries

Special Features

The Vampire Diaries: Stefan's Descent into Darkness (Featurette)
The Original Vampires: The Beginning (Featurette)
Second Bite: Bloopers
The Producer's Page (The Writer's Pack, The Producer's Spells and Sound FX, Score, and Suspense)
Favorite Scenes: The Series' Most Heart-Stopping Moments
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I only regret is that it is only on once a week. I think that the Vampire Diaries Series has the potential to run for many seasons to come. There is a fantastic set of characters that can travel back and forward in time to revel the secrets of the past and how they interplay with the present and the future. the historic perspectives are so interesting. Europe, Romania, Chicago .Mystic Fall, The plots and settings are endless can't get enough off it. Did I mention the love story and sexual tension between so many of the characters, not only the stars of the series Damien, Elena and Stefan. Want more could we possibly ask for than more,more,more!!!
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This show is just so amazing. I been a fan since season one and I could say it just keeps getting better and better. The plots pull off more action and blood, but also a more deep look on the characters feelings. Also, the introduction of new characters (and comebacks of old ones) are part of the reason has been so good since the beginning.
Every episode is a great episode, because sometimes in a show they are some few episodes you want to forget (maybe because they're too boring, and useless for the main plot), but that's not the case with this show. Every episode is important.
I know that only half of the season aired (writing this as of November 10th, the original airing of the "mid-season" finale), but I could say is so far so good. I can't wait to see the another half (hopefully something more extreme). Anyway, I hope this show lasts at least five seasons, because it has a lot of strings to pull off, and that fans could enjoy easily... It's worth the pre-order.
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I was only somewhat shocked about the turn of events in this episode; I felt it was just a matter of time before certain events occurred (so as not to be too much of a spoiler, I will just say that this is in regard to what happens with Alaric and Elena). Some issues were wrapped up, but we are left with enough cliffhangers to keep us on edge until the show returns in the fall. There were plenty of the twists that keeps fans of the show hooked! All in all, a very exciting season finale for one of the most addictive shows on TV. If a fan of this show, this episode is a must!
Just to comment on Vampire Dairies in general and the Twilight comparisons: I gave this show a shot when I was bored with my usual TV fare and wanted something different, waiting to sneer at the "cheap Twilight knock-off." But to my surprise, Vampire Dairies is SO MUCH BETTER (and I am a fan of Twilight!). This show is everything Twilight wants to be. The acting is better, the stories more engaging, there are no neat little happy endings, and, for the characters, the lines between good and evil are much more blurred, which, in my opinion, provides for greater dramatic impact. Don't be put off by the demographic this show is aimed at (I am WAY over that line!)- its just a well-made show that deserves greater recognition.
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Great storyline, sexy cast, great acting, great directing and producing. The show seems to get better and better. Episode after episode. And since the very first episode blew my mind, season three is a killer!
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While it's undeniable that The Vampire Diaries is targeted at the teen to 20s crowd, it has appeal for other ages. The gore and violence is kept relevant rather than over the top - and I challenge anyone who doesn't normally buy into the supernatural genre to give this show a chance.

While the constant drama surrounding Elena does, at times, get as boring and annoying as the similar infatuation with Lana on Smallville, the show delivers powerful story lines, interesting twists and excellent performances from the majority of the cast. You become drawn into the story and the acting is so good that, for the most part, you completely forget that you're watching a show.

Memorable, delicious, with a depth of emotion that drives the main characters to do what's necessary, unthinkable, unavoidable. A great show!
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Great story line. I started watching on netflix about a month ago and I just bought all 9 episodes of season three so I can catch up. Team Damon!!!!
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The Vampire Diaries season 3 is full of magic and mayhem and does not relent for a second!

One of the best things about Vampire Diaries is the lore and the mythology the creators and the writers have intertwined with the show. We learn so much about the origins and history of all of the characters of the vamps, weres and witches - each mythos being fresh and darn right brilliant. To me, VD is the best vampire franchise ever, second only to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. VD is far superior to Twilight, because the romance is actually realistic and authentic and the show is actually dark, like a vampire franchise should be. VD is better then True Blood because, True Blood (excluding the brilliant first season) tries waaaaay too hard to be dark and gritty and it focuses more on the sex and blood then it does on the acutal characters and storylines. Dont get me wrong, Vampire Diaries is def flawed, but on a scale of 1 to 10, it is a 8.5 and like I said, it is the best vampire franchise since the cult series, Buffy. Season 3, so far, has withoutadoubt(!) been the best season thus far and it only gets better! Its dark and sexy and doesn't try too hard while still touching every element a vampire show should have and more!

The characters, every single one of them are well rounded and the show has a cast of brilliantly strong females; from Katherine and Elena, to the amazing Caroline and the great Bonnie and the really missed Anna and Lexie! This is a show Twilight and True Blood should have aspired to be like ..... also, Secret Circle, you are a good show, but not as good as your sister program, VD, so take a note and quit the sex nonsense and sub-nudity and get better, like I know you can. Your a great show, but you can be amazing like Vampire Diaries!!!
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