We’re taking a look at all the major character deaths that have happened on The Vampire Diaries. Who made it out alive and who didn’t?
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Stefan Salvatore is a main character on The Vampire Diaries. He is portrayed by Paul Wesley.
Stefan is one of the two vampire brothers at the center of The Vampire Diaries love triangle. He is 560 years old, making him the younger of the two brothers. Stefan fell in love with a human girl named Elena Gilbert and turned his back on his vampire ways. Although his love for her was strong, he eventually left her to protect her from Damon and his own violent tendencies.
Despite being away from Elena, Stefan still keeps tabs on her and returns to Mystic Falls when he hears that Damon has come back. Stefan is torn between his love for Elena and his loyalty to Damon, but he eventually chooses Elena and stands up to Damon. Stefan sacrificed himself to save Mystic Falls and Damon from Katherine Pierce. He died in Elena’s arms after telling her that he loves her more than anything in this world or the next.
One of the main characters, and fan favorites, Damon Salvatore dies in season 8 of the Vampire Diaries. He sacrifices himself to save his brother Stefan and the town of Mystic Falls. While this may be a shock to some viewers, it was actually teased throughout the season. In the season 8 finale, Damon says goodbye to Elena before she goes into a coma and tells her that he will always love her.
Katherine Pierce (née Katerina Petrova) was a vampire and one of the two main antagonists (alongside Damon Salvatore) of The Vampire Diaries. Originally human from the Bulgarian region of Moesia in 1490, she was turned into a vampire in 1540 by Rose-Marie. She later became a member of the Brotherhood of the Five, until Elijah brought her back into the fold of the Original Family. After being sired to Klaus Mikaelson, she later joined him and helped him throughout his interactions with Tyler Lockwood and Caroline Forbes, even though she had little interest in either of them.
Caroline Forbes is a vampire who made her first appearance in the television series’ pilot episode. She is best friends with Elena Gilbert and Bonnie Bennett. Caroline is the daughter of Bill and Lily Forbes, the younger sister of Margaret and the ex-girlfriend of Matt Donovan, Tyler Lockwood, Klaus Mikaelson, Stefan Salvatore and Alaric Saltzman. She was turned into a vampire in 2010 by Damon Salvatore after she was fatally injured in a car accident.
Bonnie Bennett is a powerful witch and one of the main characters on The Vampire Diaries. She has died several times throughout the series, but always manages to come back.
In season one, Bonnie is killed by Anna, a vampire who is trying to make Damon turn back into a human. However, Bonnie is resurrected by her grandmother using dark magic.
In season two, Bonnie is killed by Klaus as part of a deal he makes with Stefan. However, Bonnie is brought back to life by Damon using dark magic.
In season three, Bonnie dies again as part of a spell that she cast in order to save Elena’s life. However, she is once again resurrected by Damon using dark magic.
In season five, Bonnie finally sacrificing herself in order to save Stefan’s life. However, she is still able to visit him as a ghost and occasionally helps him out with his vampire hunting duties.
Tyler Lockwood was aWerewolf and one of the main characters of The Vampire Diaries. He was a student at Mystic Falls High School before he graduated and began attending Whitmore College. Tyler was born to Richard and Carol Lockwood. When he was younger, his father used to beat him. Caroline Forbes is Tyler’s best friend and ex-girlfriend. He turns into a werewolf in season one, after being bitten by another werewolf, Hayley.
Alaric Saltzman is a Vampire and one of the main characters on The Vampire Diaries. He was a history teacher at Mystic Falls High School and later owned his own occult bookstore. He was also Jeremy Gilbert’s legal guardian and best friend. He died in the fifth season, but came back to life in the sixth season. He died again in the eighth season, but was brought back to life by Bonnie Bennett.
Jeremy Gilbert was a main character in the first four seasons of The Vampire Diaries. He is the younger brother of Elena Gilbert and the son of John Gilbert and Isobel Flemming. Jeremy is also a distant cousin of Stefan, Damon, and Caroline Forbes. He was turned into a vampire by Katherine Pierce but was later reverted back into a human by Bonnie Bennett using Expression. He later on died after being fatally shot by Sheriff Forbes while trying to save Elena’s life.
Klaus Mikaelson was the main antagonist of The Vampire Diaries. He was a powerful Original Vampire and the patriarch of the Mikaelson family. He was also a werewolf, making him one of the few known hybrid creatures in existence. Klaus was born in the 10th century in what is now modern-day Norway. He was the son of Ansel and Esther Mikaelson, and the older brother of Freya, Finn, Elijah, Kol and Rebekah. Klaus was turned into a vampire by his mother in an attempt to save him from dying of the werewolf curse that she had placed on him.
Matt Donovan is a character on the CW television show The Vampire Diaries. He is played by actor Zach Roerig.
Matt is a human and the best friend of Damon and Stefan Salvatore. He was also the ex-boyfriend of Elena Gilbert and Caroline Forbes. In the beginning of the series, Matt struggled with his alcoholism but later got clean and sober.
Throughout the series, Matt has died several times but always manages to come back to life. In season one, he was killed by Damon but was later resurrected by Bonnie Bennett. In season two, he was killed by Klaus but was resurrected by Bonnie again. In season three, he was killed by Rebekah but was resurrected by Elena. In season six, he was killed by Enzo but was resurrected by Bonnie yet again.
Despite all of his deaths, Matt Donovan remains one of the show’s most beloved characters.