In a move that surprises no one, Nina Dobrev has announced that she will return for the series finale of “The Vampire Diaries” via an Instagram photo of the finale script.
As a bonus, we also now know what the series finale episode will be named: “I Was Feeling Epic.”
Executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson addressed news of Dobrev’s return Thursday (Jan. 26) morning. “I’m thrilled to bring this show to an end the way we always intended – with Nina back to help us say goodbye,” says Julie Plec. Kevin Williamson adds, “I’m so excited to have Nina back to ensure our farewell episode is truly epic!”
When she left the show after Season 6, Nina Dobrev made it clear she was open to (and planning on) returning to “The Vampire Diaries” when the show finally came to a close, so we can’t exactly call this shocking news. There’s a reason they put Elena into a deep sleep instead of killing her off — they knew they needed her back for the epic ending.
Still, there are quite a few questions left up in the air.
Does this mean Bonnie (Kat Graham) has to die? Or will the gang find some sort of loophole to allow both girls to get their happily ever afters? It’s hard to imagine Bonnie getting killed off unless it’s after the promised 80 years of a long and happy human-ish life, but with “The Vampire Diaries” you just never know. All of these characters have died and been brought back to life too many time to count, so it would be a pretty huge shocker if they decided to kill off a major character for good in the series finale.
We’re also curious if this means Katherine Pierce (Dobrev’s other major character) will be back. The doppelganger storyline was at one point an essential part of the show’s DNA, and series finales are typically a time to give nods to former plots and cameos to old characters. We’ve speculated that the hell storyline of Season 8 might be conducive to bringing Katherine back — since last we saw her, she was being sucked into a very hellish black abyss.
Finally, we approach the age old question: Delena or Stelena?
It’s been years since Stelena was a thing, and Stefan (Paul Wesley) is still pretty deeply entangled in an epic love story and engagement to Caroline (Candice King). It’s hard to imagine “The Vampire Diaries” would chose to revive that long dead romance, but it’s obviously never off the table.
Delena, on the other hand, has remained the focus of the show even after Dobrev’s exit, meaning Damon (Ian Somerhalder) might finally get his happily ever after. He and Elena can finally dance off into a human sunset together, which should curb most of his murderous tendencies — we hope.
Regardless of whether they go all in on Delena or take another shot at Stelena, we’re expecting a nod to the original triangle before the day is done.
“The Vampire Diaries” airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.