The Vampire Diaries: Season 2 (2010 - 2011)

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Season 2
The Vampire Diaries

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The sophomore season of Vampire Diaries is top shelf guilty pleasure, balancing wild twists and cliffhangers without going off the rails.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 9, 2010
2
Air date: Sep 16, 2010
3
Air date: Sep 23, 2010
4
Air date: Sep 30, 2010
5
Air date: Oct 7, 2010
6
Air date: Oct 21, 2010
7
Air date: Oct 28, 2010
8
Air date: Nov 4, 2010
9
Air date: Nov 11, 2010
10
Air date: Dec 2, 2010
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The Vampire Diaries sucks you in with its sexy drama and mystery as two vampire brothers, obsessed with the same gorgeous girl, battle to control the fate of an entire town.

Critic Reviews for The Vampire Diaries Season 2

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

The Vampire Diaries offered the most memorable cliffhanger of any series last season. The [second] season premiere builds thrillingly on that shocker.

Sep 5, 2010 | Full Review…

I want this show to feel as crazy as it did last finale and this premiere. But to be that crazy, you pretty much can't be a TV show, where there needs to be some sort of status quo.

Sep 10, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The second-season premiere of The Vampire Diaries proves once again why this series is one of prime time's more cleverly constructed, well-acted nighttime soap operas.

Sep 17, 2010 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

When someone feeds you their blood, a simple I'm sorry usually doesn't cut it.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Good start with a pair of shockers. Beware.

Sep 7, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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[It has] The same fast-paced, action-packed, oh-no-that-didn't-just-happen-did-it?!? twists and turns that made this the best new show on television last year.

Sep 9, 2010 | Rating: 4.2/5 | Full Review…

In traditional Vampire Diaries fashion, the finale of season 2 offers plenty of twists and turns, topped with a few cliff hangers for fans to dwell on until next season, the most intriguing of which will be the role reversal of Damon and Stefan.

May 14, 2011 | Full Review…

Missing in action this week was Matt Davis's Alaric, although hopefully that will be rectified soon. There is so much tasty goodness packed into the episode that it seems unappreciative to complain about one character being absent.

Sep 9, 2010 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

You have to hand it the second season of The Vampire Diaries: it sure knows how to begin with a bang.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

I don't know how much longer The Vampire Diaries can keep churning stories at this feverish rate, but if this is your sort of guilty pleasure, you'd be crazy not to bite.

Sep 17, 2010 | Full Review…

Hidden behind a trite storyline is solid writing, intriguing storytelling, and one of the most frivolously addictive shows on air right now.

Nov 16, 2017 | Full Review…

Damon's inner struggle is the meat of this episode, and it puts filet mignon to shame.

Sep 9, 2010 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Vampire Diaries: Season 2

  • Jan 06, 2019
    Stefan and Damons old flame returns and wants her triangle back from doppleganger Elena. So many more characters turn supernatural and a curse involving the original vampires must be broken. A must watch for vampire fans.
  • Mar 31, 2017
    the second season of the show picks up right where the first cliffhanger left off; the episodes get better with each one with more drama, more tears, more blood, more characters, and even more fascinating mythology more shocking secrets and hidden truths are unveiled shattering the whole perspective of the Gilberts and expanding even more of the books Stefan continues to be the moral compass and always knows the right thing to say, Damon seems irredeemable and doesn’t care who he steps on although he may change into a man capable of greatness plus he might even be in love with Elena of all things, Elena is caught in a love triangle that started with Katherine and she’s in a neverending quest to save her loved ones from all kinds of danger After the end of Season 1 the Gilbert pocket watch tried to eradicate all vampires but it affected other supernatural beings including Tyler and his father , Mason, who are actually werewolves, Tyler’s uncle comes to town and it turns out the Lockwoods were the driving force behind rounding up the vampires in 1864, Katherine also returns, she is after an artifact called the Moon Stone that can supposedly break the curse, Tyler later on finds out about his werewolf curse and goes through a painful transformation with Caroline watching over him, Jules, another werewolf who knew Mason comes to town Katherine enjoys manipulating others around her for her own benefit and selfishness to survive, Caroline ended up in the hospital at the end of Season 1 and after Katherine kills her to send the Salvatores a message (to get back at them and take away everything Elena cares about) Caroline turns into a vampire against her wishes, but there is much more to Katherine than what we’re being shown, in 1490 she had a child but her father saw her as a disgrace and she was denied, she ran from a man named Klause to avoid a doppleganger sacrifice and as a result her entire family was killed by Klause making her the person she is today Meanwhile Jeremy found out the truth about Vicki and that his vampire girlfriend Anna died so he’s dealing with the aftermath of it all, he now wears the same ring that protects him from death just like Alaric, he wants to help protect Mystic Falls, Jeremy and Bonnie also have a sparkling romance Isobel‘s research covers the original werewolf curse; Aztecs were plagued by supernatural creatures so a shaman cursed them, werewolf bites are fatal to vampires, these werewolves’ curses are triggered by killing someone, they take their blood they turn, wolfsbane is toxic to werewolves, Rose, another vampire who helped Katherine in 1492 ends up getting bit and Damon makes a tough choice to end her suffering showing that maybe he just might actually be capable of love Sheriff Forbes then finds out Damon and Stefan are vampires as well as her daughter so it crushes her knowing her own daughter is something she’s hunting but Caroline is much more confident than ever, her relationship with Matt may be on the rocks though, not only can Caroline can sing, she also attempts to mend her relationship with Matt but later he finds out about her and can’t come to terms with it Jenna and Alaric have a thing, too and all seems well until Isobel makes a short return and it puts a strain on their relationship, turns out she was compelled by Klause to seek out the doppelganger, Jenna later finds out about Stefan (she can only be in the dark for so long) As the season goes on Bonnie taps more into her powers but it’s using a lot of her strength, things get more tricky when two warlocks arrive with Elijah, an Original, Bonnie has enough power to kill an Original but it may be too risky The Originals come into play as well, Elena has to die in a sacrifice to bind the Moon Stone’s curse, Klause Michaelson is coming to enact it so he can open his wolf side given the fact that he’s a hybrid, what we learn about the Originals is that they are the first generation of vampires, flashbacks reveal Klause’s past, the Mikaleson family had 7 children and they were human before they turned, they can compel other vampires, Klause wanted to sacrifice Katherine because she was a doppleganger, the sacrifice requires a vampire, a werewolf, a witch, and the Moon Stone, his brother Elijah reveals that he’s from another bloodline because his mother was unfaithful and in doing his father hunted him down, Klause can even inhabit other people and his blood can heal a werewolf bite John Gilbert returns as well telling our heroes that the Originals can be killed by the oak of a white tree, Klause can die after the sacrifice is completed, during the sacrifice he alters his plan and in the process Elena loses someone close to her once again, John also makes a big decision for Elena’s sake, Elijah keeps Klause alive to because of something he desperately wants, and at the very end of the season Klause makes Stefan join him in exchange to save his brother from a deadly fate. The characters are getting better with each passing episode. I’m very happy this show is still building on the complex relationships, the intertwining storylines, the huge reveals, and the stakes being raised higher and higher. The banter between Stefan, Damon, and Elena is something to have fun with too since they barely agree upon anything else when it comes to a dire situation. Plus the addition of Katherine makes her such an apprehensive individual you can’t help but enjoy it. I admit, too the loss of a beloved supporting character had me in tears non-stop because I connected so well with how the writers made it so compelling. The first half of the season deals with the return of a woman so vile she plans to wreck everything and the second half of the season involves an old enemy of hers coming to get what he feels is his. Really riveting, extremely-well acted, very emotional, and addictive. Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec have stepped up their game. The second season shows that there is honor in revenge, we can still have a future even if the choice is stolen way, maybe we are better off not knowing the unknown, our past affects our future, we can never escape our pasts, our actions good or bad determine who we are. Season 3 can only hold much more of what makes this show so damn enjoyable.
  • Feb 23, 2016
    Everybody still fresh!
  • Jun 07, 2015
    Season 2 just as good as one. Add Katherine it makes it at times better
  • Dec 14, 2013
    With the shocking introduction to Katherine Pierce, the realization of Tyler's true nature and the arrival of the big-bad Klaus, this season improved upon an already amazing first season!

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