• Publication date: November 22, 2011

The Vampire Diaries Season 3

Two vampire brothers fight for one girl's love, in a small town plagued by magic and witchcraft.

Program data

Duration: 45

MBC 4 :

Saturday, 02:15 (GMT) ~ 05:15 (KSA)

In 1991, before Twilight transformed into a teen girl phenomenon, author L. J. Smith tapped into young adults' fascination with undead romance in her Vampire Diaries series of novels.   The identically titled television program, inspired by Smith's books and conceived by the creators of Dawson's Creek, blends typical tales of teenage angst with traditional vampire (and werewolf) lore.

Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) serves as the show's lead protagonist and co-narrator, an attractive new arrival at the fictional Mystic Falls High School.  Just a few months earlier Elena lost her parents in a car accident, and now resides with her drug-addicted brother, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and grad-student aunt, Jenna Sommers (Sara Canning). 

While Jeremy masks his sorrow with marijuana, Elena confronts her emotions during regular visits to her parents' grave, coupled with countless journal entries.  The graveyard is also where Elena meets Stefan (Paul Wesley), a Mythic Falls history buff whose knowledge transcends mere books.  Although a handsome teenager in flesh, Stefan is a reformed vampire whose true age predates Elena's by approximately 150 years.

Stefan is mesmerized by Elena, who resembles his long lost love Katherine in both form and spirit.  His love for Elena simultaneously tempts and prevents Stefan from feasting on her blood, though brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder) has no moral objection to quenching his thirst in the meantime -- if only the opportunity arises. 

This season viewers gain deeper insight into Klaus' (Joseph Morgan) past, a hybrid werewolf and vampire seeking to populate Mythic Falls with other hybrids.  To achieve this, Klaus must win Stefan's support and fuel his increasingly sinister transformation.  Jeremy is resurrected after dying in season two, though he is now haunted by Anna (Malese Jow) and Vicki (Kayla Ewell) from beyond the grave; this drives a wedge between Jeremy and girlfriend Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham).  Caroline (Candice Accola) and Tyler (Michael Trevino) form a closer bond, but a feud between both families stands to jeopardize the relationship.

Ratings for each season of The Vampire Diaries has remained impressive.  The teen drama has garnered seven Teen Choice Awards and a People's Choice Award.

Year: 2011-12

Starring:

  • Nina Dobrev
  • Paul Wesley
  • Ian Somerhalder
  • Steven R. McQueen
  • Sara Canning
  • Katerina Graham