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The Vampire Diaries Flashback Episodes: Which Was Your Favorite?

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After a lengthy hiatus, The Vampire Diaries Season 5 returns with a new episode tonight.

It looks to be an interesting return installment, with Katherine out to seduce Stefan and Damon out to resist feeding on Enzo.

But before we look too far ahead, let's take a look back, shall we?

This is a series that has excelled at flashing back to old day (sometimes really old days) in order to surprise viewers with new character information. How did Damon get turned? How did Rebekah come into the picture?

Go back and watch The Vampire Diaries online to relive some of these great installments and see if you agree below with our ranking of the Top 9 Flashback Episodes in TVD history:

9 Fantastic Flashbacks on The Vampire Diaries
Not a great deal of new information was uncovered on this flashback episode, but it featured Lexi and New Orleans. Has to earn a spot on our countdown for that reason alone.
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We'll Always Have Bourbon Street

9. We'll Always Have Bourbon Street

Not a great deal of new information was uncovered on this flashback episode, but it featured Lexi and New Orleans. Has to earn a spot on our countdown for that reason alone.

The Cell

8. The Cell

Why did Damon turns off his humanity? We learned about his relationship with Enzo on this episode.

Children of the Damned

7. Children of the Damned

A terrific Season 1 episode. We saw how Mystic Falls turned on its vampire population during the show's second-ever flashback.

Because the Night

6. Because the Night

It's punk Damon! This hour takes us back to the blood sucker in 1970s New York City.


5. Katerina

What was Katherine's life like before she became a vampire on the run? We found out on Season 2.

The Departed

4. The Departed

All about Elena. "The Departed" marked the end of Season 3 and showed us that Elena actually met Damon before she met Stefan.

The End of the Affair

3. The End of the Affair

We're off to 1920s Chicago on "The End of the Affair," which earns a high spot for one main reason: it introduced us to Rebekah!

Ordinary People

2. Ordinary People

What turns The Originals into The Originals? We go back in time on this episode and learn all about the Mikaelsons.

Blood Brothers

1. Blood Brothers

Arguably the greatest episode in Vampire Diaries history. How did Damom turn into a member of the undead? The answer may shock you.

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    Favourite : Season3 end of the affair, stefan, nik and rebekah in chicago in 1920s flashback, prohibition is also shown, & i liked the evil team ripper and the original hybrid but my personal favourite is the scene where stefan compelled Liam grant to drink Laila's (Liam's wife) blood, what an evil !!!


    My favorites:
    Season 3 - THE DEPARTED
    Season 4 - I SMELL TEEN SPIRIT


    Wish we could have a flashback with other people and new people and not throw lexi in the flashbacks. WAY TO OVERUSED and i'm tired of the character


    1920s flashback with Rippah Stefan, Rebekah, and Klaus will always be my favorite.


    Katerina is my favorite. Then Ordinary People and End of the Affair. I think Katerina giving birth in the opening scene and Nina speaking Bulgarian was fantastic. I also love one of the ending scenes of Kat in the tomb looking at the drawing of her family. Ben Harpers Amen Omen playing in the background was so fitting. It was cool to see how she became a vamp and why. Ordinary People was great. The mythology of the vampire race and how it came to be was really unique. End of the Affair was interesting to see Stefan and Klaus had a real friendship. And the 20's are just cool.


    Love Ripper Stefan flashbacks, 5x09 and 4x17 Damon flashbacks, 4x08 was great too! And I like flashbacks to Stefan and Damon in 1864. All of them are amazing! But my all time favourite has to be 3x22. I loved the first meeting between Damon and Elena. It was a huge, amazing suprise. And It was nice to get to know her family a little better :)


    My favorite is Katerina


    the first season flashbacks were really amazing and carrying a lot of mythology. but the five(which U dIdn't mention) & the en of affair were really great ! Kudos to Claire Holt.


    Blood Brothers and Because of the Night have to be my favorite flashback episodes to date! I totally enjoyed learning how the Salvatore Brothers turned. Then there is Because of the Night, who can resist a Damon centric episode?!


    3x22 - Stefan saves Elena (Flashback)

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