12:48 pm EST, January 26, 2017

‘The Vampire Diaries’: Nina Dobrev confirms return for series finale

The question on the minds of all The Vampire Diaries fans has been answered. Nina Dobrev will return for the series finale.

Elena Gilbert has been (mostly) absent from The Vampire Diaries for two seasons now, and fans have been dying to know if she’ll return to finish off her character’s story.

It was looking like we wouldn’t find out until the episode aired on March 10, as everyone involved was being extremely secretive, but Nina Dobrev finally took to instagram to reveal that she will, in fact, be a part of the finale.

I know it's Thursday, but this is not a TBT. #BackOnSet #TVDForever

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As the story originally centered around Elena Gilbert and her relationships with the Salvatore brothers and the rest of the Mystic Falls citizens, it’s so great to finally know that we’ll see her character again, before the series ends. It’s been far too stressful, wondering if she’d return, or not.

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We can’t wait to see Elena reunite with whoever’s still around when she wakes up (hopefully everyone!). This will almost definitely include Damon, Stefan and Caroline, unless something tragic happens, but we’ll have to see about characters like Matt, and of course, Bonnie, whose life is tied to Elena’s.

Dobrev also played other characters on the series, including fan favorite, Katherine Pierce, so it’s possible that those characters will be returning as well. However, since it looks like Dobrev only returned for the very end of the series, we’re betting we’ll only see Elena, unfortunately.

The cast and crew have been very secretive, so far, about any other details surrounding how the series will end. To be honest, we prefer it that way! It’s better if the “epic” (Dobrev’s post also revealed that the episode title will be, “I Was Feeling Epic”) conclusion remains a surprise until we actually get to see it.

The Vampire Diaries series finale will air on March 10. Tune in on Friday, January 27 for the next episode in season 8.

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