Damon becomes trapped inside the Phoenix stone and is tormented by a traumatic experience from his time in the Civil War. He is forced to face his darkest demon in order to get out. Meanwhile, Bonnie tries to rescue Damon before the effects of the Phoenix stone take over and change him forever.moreless
Damon and Stefan search for Julian in a small town outside of Mystic Falls, where Stefan takes matters into his own hands and sets off a tragic chain of events. Meanwhile, Bonnie strikes up an unlikely friendship with Nora; and Caroline does her best to navigate life as a pregnant vampire.moreless
Stefan and Damon confront their mother with painful memories from their childhood, but Lily reveals a dark secret she's been harboring for over 160 years. The revelation leaves her sons questioning everything they've ever known about their family. Meanwhile, Enzo challenges Julian to a duel; Matt becomes entrenched in a deepening mystery involving the residents of Mystic Falls; and Valerie reveals some life-changing news to Caroline.moreless
With Julian back in her life, Lily decides to hold a dinner party to introduce him to Damon and Stefan and to declare peace between her family of Heretics and the residents of Mystic Falls. Damon and Stefan have conflicting views on how to deal with Julian. While at the party, Bonnie and Matt discover a mystery involving some unsuspecting residents. Alaric reaches his breaking point.moreless
Damon decides to change his ways and, moving forward, will do right by Elena. As Lily prepares for an appearance of a special person from her past, Enzo isn't sure what to expect. Upon the advice of Caroline, Stephan meets with Valerie and learns details about her past. Enzo and Bonnie are at odds when they must fend off a violent threat. Bonnie is forced to confront Alaric when she learns disturbing information about the Phoenix stone.moreless
An unexpected turn of events leaves Damon scrambling for a plan B. Stefan and Caroline are forced to spend the night distracting Mary Louise and Nora when Damon's actions gain the attention of the girls. Enzo sets off on a mission to find out what Valerie is hiding when he suspects she's up to something. A plan set by Alaric and Bonnie leaves their worlds turned upside down.moreless
Damon goes on a road trip with Bonnie and Alaric to find something he can use against his mother; Caroline, who is being held hostage by the Heretics, learns some shocking information about Valerie's past; Stefan learns a few unexpected details about his own past from Lily; Alaric turns to Bonnie for her help after coming clean about a secret he's been keeping.moreless
Damon makes an impulsive decision that threatens to unravel a carefully negotiated deal between Stefan and Lily, so Damon tries to make amends with his mother before things spiral further out of control. Meanwhile, Alaric obtains a mysterious artifact; Matt makes a risky life or death decision; and Caroline uncovers a shocking detail about Stefan's past.moreless
Season 7 begins with Damon being forced to navigate his new reality without Elena. Meanwhile, Stefan waits for Caroline to sort out her emotions and tries to protect the town from Lily and her family of Heretics, who are wreaking havoc in Mystic Falls. Elsewhere, Enzo struggles to find his place in Lily's new life; and Matt teams up with Stefan and Caroline to put a stop to the Heretics.moreless
A search for an elusive serial killer leads the TAU to a shocking revelation. Also two team members return to work.
Ryan puts the pressure on Theo by holding a press conference, and the killer retaliates by going after someone close to Ryan looking for bait for a trap. Meanwhile, Gwen and Ryan starts to reconcile, and Mike hangs onto life by a thread.moreless
Max sets out to find the missing Ryan, but Eliza's mole in the FBI has other ideas. Meanwhile, Theo plans to exact vengeance on Ryan for Penny's death, but things don't go according to his plan.moreless
Season 6 ends with Elena in jeopardy when an uninvited guest arrives. Meanwhile, Bonnie takes matters in her own hands when she is put on the receiving end of a twisted plan; Damon is faced with the most difficult decision of his life; and Stefan realizes the lengths to which his mother will go to reunite with her "family".moreless
The team goes after a suspect who could be linked to a number of murders. Meanwhile, Beth must make a decision about her future with the LAPD while still coping after her attack. Also, Vicky reveals the real reason she moved to LA.moreless
While Ryan and Max continue the search for Theo and the missing Erin, Mark and Daisy make a deal with Theo to get Mike.
Theo tries to trade Mike for Penny, and Ryan is forced to turn to Max for assistance. Meanwhile, Daisy and Mark have a parting of the ways, and Lisa is called in to assist in the investigation.moreless
Alaric and Jo's wedding day arrives with lots of last minute preparations. Meanwhile, Stefan takes Damon on a road trip to give him some perspective on his future with Elena; Caroline starts making amends for her rampage; and Bonnie believes Lily is coming for her and enlists Matt's help to take her down.moreless
While the FBI seeks out a new serial killer with ties to Theo, Theo and Penny look for the person who can restore their anonymity. Meanwhile, Ryan continues to descend into insanity as visions of Joe haunt him.moreless
Alaric and Jo reluctantly participate in their bachelor and bachelorette parties. Meanwhile, Elena turns to Bonnie and Jo for advice over Damon's impulsive offer; Enzo asks Stefan to help Lily who is on a dangerous downward spiral; and Matt gets fed up with the supernatural threats that plague the town and takes his frustration out on Tyler.moreless
Joe manages to take three hostages and demands that Ryan visit him before his hostage. Meanwhile, Theo recruits an ally and attempts to solve Strauss' encryption.
The race is on to rescue Beth, who is fighting for her life against Ray, who has sinister plans for her.
Damon struggles with whether to tell Elena about the cure and talks to her about what life would be like if they weren't vampires. Meanwhile, Bonnie discovers Damon betrayed her trust; and Enzo learns the truth about the day he was turned into a vampire.moreless
Theo convinces a man that he is the chosen one so that he can get in contact with Joe. Meanwhile, Mark tracks Daisy down, while Mike and Max try to track down the missing laptop from Mark's safe house.moreless
While Ryan and his team close in on Theo, the killer finds his family life at risk due to a nosy neighbor. Meanwhile, Gina considers retirement and Gwen realizes that Ryan is losing it.moreless
As Joe's execution nears, Ryan and Mike face a new threat, while Max is cleared to rejoin the task force and immediately finds herself in harm's way.
While Mike and Ryan track Strauss to a small town and a dark secret, Max considers confessing to Gwen... unaware that Tom is still secretly monitoring her.
Mark, Kyle, and Daisy pick four new targets and then go after a fifth. However, Ryan and the others realize who their true target is.
The case against Strauss begins to unravel in court, and Ryan has to locate a key witness--and old flame--before it's too late. Meanwhile, Mark tracks down the woman pulling Kyle and Daisy's strings.moreless
Damon and Elena embark on a plan to rescue Damon's mother who is trapped in a 1903 prison world. Meanwhile, Caroline's plan for Stefan backfires; Enzo and Alaric's attempt to reel Caroline back in doesn't go as planned; and Bonnie's unexpected gift shakes up Damon.moreless
Ryan, Mike, and Max hunt down Neil, while Mark abducts two reporters so that they can tell his side of the story.