The Vampire Diaries: 15 Best Episodes... RANKED!

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The Vampire Diaries is about to come to an end. Before it says goodbye, however, let's all take a look back...

... at the very best episodes in show history.

Scroll down for a look and remember: If you're feeling nostalgic and want to relive any of the best moments, you can watch The Vampire Diaries online!

15. Season 4 Episode 20 - The Originals

Season 4 Episode 20 - The Originals
The episode was not outstanding, but it set up the story for the spin-off very well. It was definitely one of the better backdoor pilots in recent memory.

14. Season 3 Episode 8 - Ordinary People

Season 3 Episode 8 - Ordinary People
We finally got some insight on how the Mikaelsons became the original vampires. It was heartbreaking but pretty great.

13. Season 4 Episode 15 - Stand by Me

Season 4 Episode 15 - Stand by Me
Jeremy Gilbert died and the only way for Elena to fully process what happened was to turn her humanity off. Oh, we can't forget that she also decided to burn the house down with Jeremy's body on the couch. Hey, they needed a plausible reason to kill off Jeremy.

12. Season 2 Episode 1 - The Return

Season 2 Episode 1 - The Return
Katherine made her presence felt in Mystic Falls and helped Caroline evolve by turning her into the vampire we all know and love today. This episode also marked the beginning of the moon stone plot. Yes, that meant bringing in Taylor Kinney as Tyler's uncle.

11. Season 5 Episode 11 - 500 Years of Solitude

Season 5 Episode 11 - 500 Years of Solitude
Everyone gathered at the Salvatore Boarding house to play drinking games about how much they hated Katherine, thinking she was dying. However, she had one last trick up her sleeve when she became a passenger in Elena's body.

10. Season 1 Episode 7 - Haunted

Season 1 Episode 7 - Haunted
Vicki Donovan was turned into a vampire and swiftly killed off because she could not stop killing people. It was the first significant death for the show. She's also one of few characters who stayed dead. The episode was packed with emotional drama and solid performances from all of the stars.

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Dear Diary, a chipmunk asked me my name today. I told him it was Joe. That lie, will haunt me, forever.


Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.