How To Watch 'The Vampire Diaries' Online & On Demand So You Don't Miss All The Death & Destruction

Thursdays too busy to watch The Vampire Diaries live? Don't worry, you haven't missed out on all drama for good. The too-good-to-wait-for-Netflix CW show is available to watch online in several different places across the web. But first, some context: For weeks, we've known that the TVD finale would kill off three characters  and last week we "lost" Stefan to a gruesome death. This week, we're worried that Damon might also die along with Tyler and one other doomed character. 

And while we know that when any of the big three characters die, they will return in way, shape or form — hello, Bonnie and Jeremy aren't even the main characters and they've died and come back about a thousand times already. We know that Ian Somerhalder is contracted through Season 6 and so is TVD staple Paul Wesley. And of course, Elena never really dies — she's kind of the center of this whole thing. But, someone important to us will die and you can't be the one person who doesn't catch the episode. 

Instead of risking spoilers (there's a three day grace period, live-viewers — okay?) here's how to catch up with Stefan, Damon, Elena, and all of their supernatural buddies if you've missed the big Season 5 finale when it airs live. Damon will forgive you. Probably.


Mine The CW Archives

Thank God for CWTV.com — this network is one of the few that will allow you to stream full episodes directly from the site. You'll have to deal with pesky commercials, but hey, at least it's free, right?

Shell Out Some Cash

If you want to take The Vampire Diaries with you and you have an Apple device, iTunes is your best bet. The episodes will be available the very next day, and you can download an episode for $1.99 SD or $2.99 HD and stream it on your phone or iPod. Personally, I'll pay the $1.99 so I can stream TVD at the gym — nothing makes the elliptical less boring than some seriously intense Delena scenes. 

If you're looking for another way to download and stream an episode, you can also head over to Amazon Instant Video. The price point is the same as iTunes, so you won't be scoring any deals in that way, but if you're looking to have the series on your Amazon account forever, you can save a few bucks by purchasing a TV pass. (Each episode of The Vampire Diaries, Season 5, is only $1.77 compared to $1.99 with the TV pass.) Oh, and if you have Amazon Prime, all the videos are free to stream. (Score!)

Get Fancy With Fios 

If you have Verizon Fios for your TV, you can purchase episodes to own directly from your television and keep them saved in your library. The price point is, again, $1.99 SD and $2.99 HD, but it's a convenient option for Fios users who don't currently have a CW on demand. 

Or Go Regular With On Demand (But Not On Time Warner)

If you're a Comcast subscriber, you're in luck: The CW has an on-demand channel where you can watch the three most recent episodes of CW shows, including The Vampire Diaries. Don't have Comcast? We suggest buddying up with someone who does. (Lucky ducks.)

Go Green (Or Hulu's Greenish Yellow Color)

Hulu+ will cost you $7.99 per month, but will give you unlimited access to hundreds of shows which you can stream whenever you like. Currently it has the six most recent episodes of The Vampire Diaries, and will update the latest episode 24 hours after it airs.

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