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.


Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.