This is not a drill!!!!! That’s right ladies and gents… she’ssssssss back. After almost two seasons of absence, Nina Dobrev has returned to The Vampire Diaries set for the final two episodes of the series. Dobrev will be portraying Elena Gilbert, the character that she brought to life a mere 8 years ago.
The star posted a photo of episode 15’s script to Instagram to let her fans know.
The caption stating: “I know it’s Thursday, but this is not a TBT,” she wrote, adding the hashtags, “#BackOnSet #TVDForever.” The photo revealed the epic title of the finale, “I Was Feeling Epic,” and that co-creators Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson wrote the series ender together, with Plec set to direct.
Both Plec and Williamson have spoken about Nina’s return: “I’m thrilled to bring this show to an end the way we always intended — with Nina back to help us say goodbye,” said Plec. “I’m so excited to have Nina back to ensure our farewell episode is truly epic!” Williamson added.
Nina’s return shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to fans considering that Elena wasn’t killed off, but instead, has been resting peacefully in a magic-induced coma thanks to the work of Kai. Additionally, The Vampire Diaries Plec has always said that actress’s return was part of the plan. Back in 2015, Plec told EW, “Nina has always said that if there’s something for her to do in the series finale that she will be there to do it. When she left, she said, ‘I want to see this character to its end at the end of the show, so I can’t wait to come back and put her to bed again.’”
Older scenes from previous seasons featuring Nina’s character have been shown throughout the eighth and final season as Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) struggles to retain his memories of the love of his life.
Images from the finale have emerged from Williamson, Plec and other cast members.
The question remains: is Stelena or Delena end game? Or will it be a surprise twist we will never see coming?
The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8/7c on the CW. The series finale will air on March 10.
For now, you can re-watch Dobrev’s final scene from her season 6 departure:
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