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Defining Vampire Diaries from A to Z

Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley | Photo Credits: Justin Stephens/The CW

Vampires, hybrids, witches, and werewolves. It’s hard to keep track of all of The Vampire Diaries species. And things only get more confusing when you throw in all the other characters, historical events, mythology and supernatural objects.

Based on a series of books, the show stars Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert as a former high school cheerleader whose world was turned upside when her parents died. Soon after she met the mysterious and handsome Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and his brother Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) and before she knew it was thrown into the world of the Mystic Falls supernatural. (And little did she know at the time, she too had some “special” characteristics.)

Now in its fourth season, The Vampire Diaries has introduced viewers to Elena, Stefan and Damon’s expanding group of allies and enemies and has opened up the tomb, so to speak, on the mythology that lies among them.  In anticipation of the CW show’s return from its winter hiatus (woo hoo!), we decided to offer a little extra help in keeping everything straight. Below, we break down every aspect of the show, from A to Z.

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