After eight years on the air, the pressure is on for The Vampire Diaries to deliver one hell of a series finale. Fortunately, returning cast member Nina Dobrev thinks the final episode will provide closure for dedicated fans.
Dobrev played doppelgänger Elena Gilbert for six seasons before departing the CW series in 2015 to pursue other opportunities. The show decided not to kill off Elena, instead placing her in a magically-induced coma linked to her best friend Bonnie. Fans always hoped the way the character was written off would allow Dobrev to reprise her role later down the line, and they eventually got their wish. Dobrev announced on Instagram in January that she would be reprising her role as Elena for the finale.
Filming is now complete, and the actress took to Instagram to share a few more words about the experience with her followers.
"Coming back for the series finale has been a whirlwind of emotion, nostalgia, love, tears of joy and bittersweet endings," she wrote on Instagram. "It feels like the beautiful closure we all needed, myself included, and I couldn't have been happier to come home to be with my TVD set family and friends. I feel the fans family will also be happy with the show's conclusion when they tune in to watch the last episode air in a few short weeks."
Dearest TVD family, It feels like it was just yesterday that I was saying goodbye. And yet two years have passed and here we are again. This is my true final goodbye, as today I shot my last scene of the Vampire Diaries forever. Coming back for the series finale has been a whirlwind of emotion, nostalgia, love, tears of joy and bittersweet endings. It feels like the beautiful closure we all needed, myself included, and I couldn't have been happier to come home to be with my TVD set family and friends. I feel the fans family will also be happy with the show's conclusion when they tune in to watch the last episode air in a few short weeks. From the bottom of my heart, I send you my biggest thanks for the countless years of implicit dedication, passion, support, and undying love from all the fans that have stuck with us on this truly amazing and beautiful journey. As this last chapter ends, we welcome and look forward to going on to the next adventure and hope that you continue to follow us as our new journeys begin. I grew up on this show and am eternally grateful for all the opportunities it has given me, and so thankful for each and every person who worked on The Vampire Diaries over the last 8 years. We are all pieces of a big puzzle and without every truly amazing cast and crew member, this magical puzzle would not be complete. Thank you for all your hard work, friendship and love. You have touched my heart in ways you will never know. Sending looch smooches, Love, Katherine, Amara, Tatia, and of course, Elena Gilbert. #TVDforever #FangsForTheMemories ? Ps. I had these custom engraved TVD #Forever keys made as crew gifts for my beloved TVD a family. @thegivingkeys is an amazing company that sells products to provide jobs. Every product you purchase supports job creation for individuals transitioning out of homelessness, impacting lives through the power of a Pay It Forward community.
Will Elena and Damon finally be reunited? Will Bonnie really have to die? What does a happy ending look like for a bunch of good-hearted but murderous vampires? All those questions will hopefully be answered in the March 10 finale of The Vampire Diaries.
Check out Nina Dobrev's full note to her fans here.