When The Vampire Diaries Season 8 Episode 8 returns in January, we'll be barreling down the back end of the vampire drama's final season.
Damon will (hopefully) be reunited with his love. Steroline will (hopefully) have their June wedding. Matt Donovan will (probably) survive to see the end of the series and remain human in the process.
Will his long lost father survive? Meh. Jury's out on old Peter. (Also, what secrets is this dude hiding, because YOU KNOW he's hiding something!)
Before all of this happens, let's take a look back at some of the best and worst moments from the first half of The Vampire Diaries Season 8.
Who's our reigning best new couple? Which new character is least useful? Scroll or click on through to find out!
Best Episode So Far
Paul Wesley directed The Vampire Diaries Season 8 Episode 6, The One Where Stefan Makes a Deal, and it was, by far, the best of the season. There was love! There was heartbreak! There was scheming! There was a nearly dying Enzo! Damon proved he's not totally gone by saving the twins (and Alaric still killed him...) and we got official word that Stefan's going dark! Again. This was a perfect episode.
Worst Episode So Far
It's been a pretty stellar final season so far, but the Guess Who's Dying at Dinner Christmas episode didn't really do it for us. Stefan spent half the episode dead. Sybil tried to bond with Caroline. Alaric read a LOT of books to the twins. All for nothing truly magical to happen until the final 5 minutes. Oh well. Can't win 'em all.
Best Couple Alert!
Alright, alright. I KNOW a lot of y'all were jonesing for Steroline to take top billing, but guys, Bonenzo? Bonenzo are giving us LIFE this season. If anyone on this show is deserving of a little bit of happiness, it's Bonnie Bennett. And Enzo? Well, we can forget that whole Lily Salvatore love thing. It wasn't real anyway. Not like Bonenzo. (Let's get them a spin-off where they just sit around and Enzo teaches Bonnie to play guitar!)
Least Interesting Couple
Matt Donovan has been an orphan supporting himself on tips from the Grill for as long as this series has existed. Except now he has a dad. But we don't care because it's the final season, and the only thing we really care about is whether or not Matt makes it out of The Vampire Diaries as a human. Matty Blue and his dad, Peter, win for least interesting couple.
Most Shocking Plot Twist
Okay, so CADE isn't the most shocking plot twist. The Sirens storyline is sort of weirdly real-world mythological. But what's SUPER interesting about Cade, what makes his presence the most shocking plot twist, is that mysterious sucking-into-a-black-hole the souls he captures do when they're on the way to Hell. That's how Katherine Pierce left which is leading to a LOT of speculation that when Nina Dobrev returns, it'll be as Katerina Petrova and not as Elena Gilbert. Which, hey, we're okay with that.
Least Shocking Plot Twist
So Sybil had a contingency plan where she'd keep her immortality. None of us are shocked that the VILLAIN remained the VILLAIN. But for someone who claims to have hated her need to consume the flesh of men in order to stay young and beautiful and the deal that got her there in the first place, she sure does seem content not to die.