|Season 8, Episode 1 (55)|
|Air date||October 2021|
|Episode Guide Transcript|
ETHAN ARRIVES IN MYSTIC FALLS- As Ethan Pope makes his way into the ruins of Mystic Falls, he draws the attention of his mother. Elsewhere, Elijah Mikaelson goes in search of a feral Rebekah Mikaelson, Finn Mikaelson, Freya Mikaelson, and Kol Mikaelson seek out Esther, and Aurora de Martel offers to help Taylor Kingston discern the loyalties of Gregory Fawkes.
- Daniel Gillies as Elijah Mikaelson
- Claire Holt as Rebekah Mikaelson
- Nathaniel Buzolic as Kol Mikaelson
- Riley Voelkel as Freya Mikaelson
- Casper Zafer as Finn Mikaelson
- Rebecca Breeds as Aurora de Martel
- Sebastian Roche as Mikael (credit only)
- Leven Rambin as Esther
- Emily VanCamp as Christabella Marcoux (credit only)
- Claire Coffee as Alana Killeen
- Mekenna Melvin as Callie Mercer
- Crystal Reed as Joanna
- with Tahmoh Penikett as Senator Gregory Fawkes
- and Julian McMahon as Vice President Taylor Kingston
Special Guest StarsEdit
- Antagonist: Rebekah Mikaelson
- This episode takes place on August 22, 2014.
- Mikael and Christabella do not appear in this episode.
- Rebekah and Elijah go head to head in an emotional confrontation.
- First appearance of Mystic Falls in the present-day since its destruction.