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The Vampire Diaries

Season 2 Episode 21

The Sun Also Rises

Aired Friday 8:00 PM May 05, 2011 on The CW
out of 10
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495 votes

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Episode Summary

With the arrival of the full moon, Elena attempts to get ready for whatever Klaus has in store for her, and Tyler faces his second transformation. The dangerous events quickly escalate out of control, despite an unexpected act of courage. Damon reveals the truth to Stefan about a terrible new development they now face.moreless

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  • Incredible

    Incredible episode. I sobbed for 5 mins at the funeral part. I don't really know why though. It just got me for some reason. Jenna was just tragic. I wanted her to live so bad. Didn't care of the rest died. Its not cos I love Jenna. Its just that she was so innocent. The last to know about the supernatural world and killed for some supernatural crap while trying desperately to save Elena. Elena is the reason all 5 of her parental figures are dead. Just sad.

  • kellyrenae summed it all up perfectly with her introduction.

    One person said it was convoluted, and they were right. But I think that all roads naturally lead them all to this sequence of events. While I was shocked every 5 minutes with one crazy turn after another, none of it seemed miscalculated or badly planned. I know one thing, I can't think of the last time I was baffled this much by a single episode! At least not in the 2010-2011 season (including all shows I watch). I can't believe Elijah betrayed everyone and rescued Klaus!! And I too, for the first time, felt pity for John. His letter at the end even got me choked up..that was some intense emotion and it wasn't even the finale yet!

    It's hard for me to say this, but Vampire Diaries Season Two seriously trumped all other shows this year! Every episode leaves you jaw-dropped thirsting for more - no pun intended. Not a single boring moment.

    I can't wait for what's in store for next week and the finale! In fact, I'm freaking out about it. hahamoreless
  • Missing the Vampire Diaries of the first season

    I really couldnt see the purpose of that episode except that the producers could kill off a few unneccessary characters.

    Elena - the only part I liked her was with the little black dress at the end.

    Damon - the only character left with any attitude, a backboner and a great sense of humour he's been bitten by a rapid Tyler.


    Elijah / Klaus - they run off together, Klaus is a cross breed vampire / werewolf now - guessing thats where the producers are going to take the series now a bit like Underworld.

    Elena's parents - all are now dead.

    Matt / Caroline - Have split up who cares they should have been killed off.moreless
  • The sun rises but failed to be bright.

    For a climactic episode of a supernatural vampire tv show, they failed to manage how to build up the tension on each scenes. What makes this episode fair and not too disappointing is the part that they sacrificed Jenna and the minutes that you're trying to figure out if she is to die or not makes you a bit frustrated and feel real bad for her. But if you've seen enough supernatural TV and movie, you already know what's gonna happen. She will die and there will be no way around it. The Elena revival after she died, that was lame. Well, we sure weren't expecting some floating-glowing sorta moment, but there is just something missing. This lacks some elements and ingredients to make it all tasty. It has potentials, but it has some dragging minutes.

    And what's up with all the useless waiting. Hello, you have an Original as an ally, the strength of a hundred dead witches, two a decade and a half old vampire, a vampire hunter, two rings that would bring back the dead, a bucket load of witches grimoires through out the ages, and what? they're all sitting, chatting and contemplating while Elena, Jenna and that wolf chick Jules are in a magic bounded rings of fires. It's like they're not even worried or something. It's not like if they fail they are to unleash a new type of villain. This is not an episode for a supernatural T.V. show!!! Man, show those fears, this is suppose to be a scary moment. (Although, Klaus didn't come out to be as bad ass as we all expected him to be, unlike The Source(Charmed) or Glory(BtVS) or Lilith(Supernatural) or Sylar(Heroes) or every single superVillain on T.V.))moreless
  • where is the vampire diaries I wanted to watch every single episode again and again?!

    too much drama!

    everyone was trying to do impossibles, sure they got failure.

    Jennah, aah! I liked to see her as a vampire, but I didn't enjoy that because I knew it means she has no chance to survive and at last she died, that was terrible,I didn't like it.

    Jules died too, who cares?!!!

    Katherin is still alive, Damon was right she is always a winner. you know what realy bothers me? Katherin and Elina have 2 completely diffrent personalities. Katherin cares just about herself, no matter what happens to others. as she said about herself she has done terrible things. Elina is the one doesn't want anybody to get heart and as Damon said about her she's a good doer! a bad person and a good person and between the 2 of them the bad one is the winner! like they telling us if you wanna be safe, you should be alone, selfish and cruel. I don't like it.

    John death was alot like "Merlin" point of view. "a life instead of another to keep the balance of life and death". pitty!

    Stephen, ah. I perefer not to talk about him! he realy thought Klase would do that?! I didn't like it.

    Elijah betrayal, that was quite obviouse since he was talking to Stephen about what happend to his family. his family was always his weakness, and I expected that Klaus uses that as his survival. I didn't like that.

    Damon is dying. if they find a way to save him too, it will make the show more ridicolouse! "every thing is magicly possible!" they can save basic characters, but there is no way to keep less importants alive!! if Damon realy get killed by that bite, the show will lose lots of fans because he is the most exciting and unexpectable character. there is possibility that they planned to leave us in "he realy died or not" until next season. not good. I don't like it.

    Elina was crying all along, impressive acting but bad story. I didn't like it.

    I realy hate the story line in last couple episodes. very good acting but realy bad story and a very low rate I gave shows that I'm not a fan of this show anymore.

    I didn't like it!moreless
Joseph Morgan

Joseph Morgan


Guest Star

Lisa Tucker

Lisa Tucker

Greta Martin

Guest Star

Daniel Gillies

Daniel Gillies


Recurring Role

David Anders

David Anders

Jonathan Gilbert

Recurring Role

Michaela McManus

Michaela McManus


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Klaus: (before he drinks Elena's blood) Thank you, Elena.
      Elena: Go to hell.

    • John: (voiceover, in his letter to Elena) Elena, it's no easy task being an ordinary parent to an extraordinary child. I failed in that task. And because of my prejudices, I failed you. I'm haunted by how things might have played out differently if I'd been more willing to hear your side of things. For me, it's the end. For you, a chance to grow old and someday do better with your own child than I did with mine. It's for that child that I give you my ring. I don't ask for your forgiveness or for you to forget. I ask only that you believe this. Whether you are now reading this as a human or as a vampire, I love you all the same. As I've always loved you, and always will. John.

    • Tyler: You were right. I shouldn't have come home.
      Caroline: No, you just...should have never left. And you shouldn't leave again.
      Tyler: You're kidding, right? This is the second time I've tried to kill you.
      Caroline: Well, no friendship is perfect.

    • Damon: Somehow you're the only one that wins. How'd that happen?
      Katherine: I didn't let love get in the way.
      Damon: Enjoy an eternity alone, Katherine.

    • Damon: (carrying Elena, who is unconscious) You come back as a vampire, I'll stake you myself. So don't.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Skinny Love (Bon Iver Cover)" by Birdy

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: Thursday, May 5, 2011 on A
      United Kingdom: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 on ITV2/ITV2 HD
      Philippines: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 on ETC
      Norway: Thursday, June 2, 2011 on FEM
      Sweden: Friday, June 10,2011 on TV6
      Slovakia: Sunday, April 29, 2012 on Markiza
      Czech Republic: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 on TV Nova
      Turkey: Sunday, August 12, 2012 on CNBC-e