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Cast and Crew Bid of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Bid Farewell As The Series Comes to a Close

Nina Dobrev returns to The Vampire Diaries as Elena Gilbert for one last and final season. This news comes via an Instagram post Dobrev posted recently (see below announcement).

Dobrev rejoins the cast of The Vampire Diaries [after her contract ran out] with open arms, as show exec Julie Plec gushed to Variety, “I’m thrilled to bring this show to an end the way always intended — with Nina back to help us say goodbye.” Fellow exec and ex-SCREAM writer Kevin Williamson added, “I’m so excited to have Nina back to ensure our farewell episode is truly epic!”

A gallery of photos have been leaked via the cast and crew on Instagram bidding their farewells (view them all below).

Per Variety: “Dobrev had left the show at the end of the show’s sixth season, with Elena passing into a deep sleep that would only be lifted with the death of her best friend, Bonnie (Kat Graham). Over those six seasons, Dobrev had played not just Elena, but Elena’s vampire doppelgänger Katherine Pierce (previously Katerina Petrova), and even the progenitor of her doppelgänger line, Amara — sometimes playing multiple characters (themselves playing each other) in the same episode.

The series, initially about a high-school girl who fell in love with a vampire, was an instant hit for The CW when it premiered in 2009, drawing 4.91 million pairs of eyeballs — the biggest bow on the network since it came into being in 2006. Ratings have fallen over the intervening years, thanks in part to general audience fracturing and the migration of The CW’s core viewership to online platforms; the series is currently averaging around 950,000 viewers and a 0.4 rating in the 18-49 demographic.

The farewell episode of The Vampire Diaries is entitled “I Was Feeling Epic” and will air March 10th, on The CW.

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