The Vampire Diaries

Season 2 Episode 12

The Descent

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jan 27, 2011 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Elena has a new plan for the future, but Stefan has his own thoughts about how she should handle the situation. Damon tries to get the truth out of Jules and asks Elena to watch Rose, but things quickly become dangerous. Matt and Caroline try to be honest about how they feel about each other, and Caroline is surprised to see how Tyler reacts to her generosity. Damon finds it difficult to hide his true feelings when a life-and-death situation impacts him more than he expected.moreless

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  • it disappointed me.

    we sat and watch every single characters torchering.

    Stephen drinking vervain, Elina stuck in the room all day long and at the end of day she was thrown out by denynig Damon, Damon was suffering seeing Rose being like that, Rose was in pain and lost control, Caroline left the love of her life in tears,and ... .

    I mean the whole series was full of drama but this one make me realy uncomfortable to watch.

    and after watching all of these we saw Damon getting back to what he was at the begining of the very first episode of season 1 !!! it means Rose and Jules ruined everything. it was sad to see Damon and what happend to him and what happening to him but I loved that Damon who cared about the town where he was born, his love Elina, his brother Stephen, his friend sherif ,and... and I don't get it: when he decided to kill somebody why didn't he go to get Jules? why an innocent girl? the one who should be punished was Jules and besides it was obviouse she will make trouble for all of them, and he just let her go!

    I love this series but I didn't like this episode at all!

    after six weeks waiting for this episode it realy made me disappointed.moreless
  • After Rose is bitten by the Lycanthrope Jules, her condition begins to deteriorate, Damon asks Elena to watch over her while he goes to confront Jules about getting a cure for Rose...moreless

    First off I have to say it, I hate the "Jules" character (I was so hoping that either by the end of this episode or the next that Damon would tear her apart, but I suppose her losing all her friends is in and of itself poetic justice.) Anyways, I know this episode aired over a month ago, but I have watched it about 3 times, and it still gets me. The acting is superb as always, I beleive the entire cast deserves recogntiion for it too, The Writers, The Director, and especially the Individual who does the Music in this episode deserves it as well. The music in the dream scene where Damon gives rose peace by taking her back home, while also ending her suffering deserves an award of some kind, it was just amazing. That scene alone MAKES this episode for me, it was very emotional and powerful. Anyways I gave this episode 10 stars because while I hated how Rose died, I thought her death was done exquisitely, again Ian Somerhalder shows us how good an actor he is. Lauren Cohen did so aswell, again I hate how her character dies as I love Lauren I think she is such a wonderful actress and I will miss her character in the show, I sound like a broken record but, This episode is one of the most powerful and emotional of the series so far, IMO.

    I highly recommend that for those who haven't seen it, to check it out, it's worth it. :)moreless
  • Disappointing episode.

    What a disappointing episode. The whole episode seemed to be some kind of glue between what has been and what's still to come. A real story is lacking, in my opinion.

    The entire episode just dragged on and on.

    The mood switch from Damon, I just didn't feel it. The transition from badguy, to caring for someone like Rose, to the rejection of Elena. And finally leading to Damon turning into the badguy once again , and with the amount of self-pity that was involved. It just did not make sense to me.

    It made me think that the writers probably understand that the yearning of the ladies who watch the series for the badguy that Damon is supposed to be, is very important for the popularity of the series. And probably rightfully so. Just the way it came about strikes me as pretty weak.

    The whole thing/fight/struggle/whatever between Rose and Elena, I found quite boring and it just took way too long. The same applies to the triangular relationship between Caroline, Matt and Tyler. It is quite clear now, that this part of the story now should lead to a romance between a vampire and a werewolf. I just wished that the writers had only written a better story to accomplish such a romance.moreless
  • Goodbye Rose... *sob*

    Well, with Rose gone there is absolutely no one that can keep Damon in the wagon of killing people. Stefan's not fit for the job coz he's the one who made Damon what he is (Vampire). Elena's too human and too annoying and Katerine is in a Tomb and if she wasn't, she'd probably be all psycho anyways and forget all about Damon. It's a good episode of Vampire Diaries, I just feel like that they're yo-yoing Damon, good or bad, good or bad. I feel like that they don't know what to do with one of our favorite vampires. Could there be a hidden meaning to it all? Where Damon snaps out of it and saves the day? oh wait! they already did that one. So what's up Damon? who are you gonna be? I'll miss Rose, from her accent to her fighting spirit, i bid thee farewell.moreless
  • The Descent

    The Descent was actually some what of a disappointment after waiting all this time for a new episode. I did however enjoy watching as events unfolded. It was interesting to see Elena care for Rose after her injury and all the trouble that came along with the task. Jules is an interesting character who had some interesting scenes and makes herself known to Tyler Lockwood. I also enjoyed seeing Caroline and Tyler scenes and how they interacted with each other. Matt is clueless as to the truth and provides for a sense of normality for some of the characters. I definitely look forward to watching the next episode of Vampire Diaries!!!!!moreless
Ryan Proffitt

Ryan Proffitt

Park Ranger

Guest Star

George Bryant

George Bryant

Maintenance Worker

Guest Star

Jason Ferguson

Jason Ferguson


Guest Star

David Anders

David Anders

Jonathan Gilbert

Recurring Role

Lauren Cohan

Lauren Cohan


Recurring Role

Michaela McManus

Michaela McManus


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Rose says that she is from St. Austel and that the city is located 30km south of London. In reality, St. Austel is actuality located more than 400km southwest of London.

    • Viewers can call (919) 399-2507, Isobel's cell phone number shown during the episode, and hear a recorded message from Stefan, Elena and Damon.

    • The text message that Alaric sends to Stefan lists Isobel's number as (919) 399-2507. The 919 area code is associated with the Raleigh, North Carolina area. This is the same phone number that Elena used to call Isobel in season 1, episode 15.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Damon: You were supposed to leave.
      Elena: I did...then I came back to make sure that you were okay.
      Damon: I appreciate the gesture. I'm just glad it's over.
      Elena: You know I don't believe that.
      Damon: Go home Elena! Get some rest. It's a whole new day tomorrow.
      Elena: Damon, I'm your friend...
      Damon: I'm well aware of that!
      Elena: ...and a friend usually knows when their friend is hurting.
      Damon: What do you wanna hear? That I cared about Rose? That I'm upset? Well I didn't, and I'm not!
      Elena: There you go! Pretending to turn it off, pretending not to feel! Damon you're so close, don't give up!
      Damon: I feel Elena! Okay?! And it sucks! What sucks even more is that it was supposed to be me. Jules was coming after me.
      Elena: You feel guilty...

    • Jessica: Are you going to hurt me?
      Damon: I'm not sure. Because're my existential crisis. Do I kill you? Do I not kill you?
      Jessica: Please don't.
      Damon: But I have to, Jessica. Because I'm not human. And I miss it. I miss it more than anything in the world. That's my secret. But there's only so much hurt a man can take.

    • Caroline: (to Tyler, after he kisses her) Everyone just needs to stop kissing me!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Although credited, Sara Canning (Jenna), Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy), and Katerina Graham (Bonnie) do not appear in this episode.

    • Featured Music:
      "Impossible" by Anberlin
      "The Last Time" by The Daylights
      "The Mall & Misery" by Broken Bells
      "Take Me To The Riot" by Stars
      "Country Lane" by Telekinesis
      "I Like It A Lot" by Death Ships
      "DLZ" by TV On The Radio

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: Thursday, January 27, 2011 on A
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 on ITV2/ITV2 HD
      Philippines: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 on ETC
      Norway: Thursday, February 24, 2011 on FEM
      Latin America: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 on Warner Channel
      Sweden: Friday, March 18, 2011 on TV6
      Slovakia: Sunday, February 19, 2012 on Markiza
      Turkey: Sunday, July 8, 2012 on CNBC-e
      Czech Republic: Thursday, July 19, 2012 on TV Nova