The Vampire Diaries Recap: Series Premiere

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It received months of hype.

It was compared to the most popular movie franchise on the planet.

The CW has poured millions into its marketing campaign. But did The Vampire Diaries live up to expectations?

We certainly think so, as the opening hour of this series introduced us to the mysterious town of Mystic Falls and the even more mysterious past of the Salvatore brothers.

Read through our complete episode guide now and let us know your thoughts on the show.

Smokey Graveyard

A few of the most memorable The Vampire Diaries quotes from the episode:

Elena: Dear Diary: Today will be different. It has to be. I will smile and it will be believable. My smile will say, 'I'm fine. Thank you. Yes. Much better.' I will no longer be the girl who lost her parents. I will start fresh. Be someone new. It's the only way I'll make it through. | permalink
Elena: I made it through the day. I must have said "I'm fine" 37 times. | permalink
Damon: Is it working? Being in her world? Does it make you feel alive? | permalink
Elena: You keep a journal?
Stefan: Memories are too important. | permalink

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.


Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.