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The Vampire Diaries

  • Episode: 

    7 of

  • Title: 

    Season 8
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Tue 20 Dec 2016
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    12.25am - 1.25am
  • Week: 

    Week 51 2016 : Sat 17 Dec - Fri 23 Dec
  • Channel: 

    ITV2
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Episode 7 - The Next Time I Hurt Somebody, It Could Be You
 
Faced with the fallout from his interaction with Cade, Stefan is determined to have one thing go right – Christmas Eve with Caroline.
 
However, when Damon and Sybil crash their Christmas Eve dinner, which had been joined by Alaric, Matt and Peter, things quickly take a dark and twisted turn.
 
Meanwhile, in a series of flashbacks to Stefan's past, Cade's tempt to entice him with his mysterious agenda leaves Stefan faced with an unimaginable decision. Bonnie and Enzo also appear.
 
 
Series overview
 
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 jeopardised 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 life - even though Damon and Enzo may be long past saving.