Original Broadcast Date: September 10, 2009

Get ready for more epic suspense, romance and thrill rides as The Vampire Diaries continues for an eighth season.

Season seven of The Vampire Diaries found our heroes rebuilding their world without Elena (Nina Dobrev). Confronted by the prospect of a decades-long wait for Elena's return, Damon struggled with his heartbreak and relied on his contentious but profound friendship with Bonnie. Stefan and Caroline began their much-anticipated relationship, which was complicated by Caroline's unexpected role as surrogate mother to the infant twins left behind when Alaric lost his wife. Meanwhile, Damon pursued a vendetta against his mother Lily (Annie Wersching), who had abandoned her sons to care for a vicious brood of vampire-witches called the Heretics—one of whom, Valerie (Elizabeth Blackmore), had loved Stefan ever since their romantic encounter in a previous century. Lily's misguided choices ultimately caused her own tragic demise and put Mystic Falls in the sights of a formidable nemesis: Rayna Cruz (Leslie-Anne Huff), a supernatural vampire-hunter. Rayna targeted Stefan, forcing him to go on the run and leaving Caroline to make a new start with Alaric. Determined to defeat Rayna, Damon enlisted the help of the Armory, a shadowy group with family ties to Bonnie's boyfriend Enzo. But the Armory's deeper agenda robbed Bonnie of her magic and jeopardized her life. To remedy the crisis, Damon and Enzo had to venture into the Armory's occult vault, where an evil presence overcame them. The triangle of Stefan, Caroline and Alaric will team up with Bonnie in season eight to search for the two most important men in her lifeeven though Damon and Enzo may be long past saving.

Genre: DramaSci-Fi/Fantasy