Fall Preview Update: The Vampire Diaries Season 8 ‘HELLO BROTHER’

“IS THIS A TASTE OF THINGS TO COME…???”

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The Vampire Diaries will finally be kicking off its final season this evening in The CW (8/7c), and although Elena (Nina Dobrev) may still be playing the part of Sleeping Beauty as we begin Season 8, executive producer Julie Plec promises that Dobrev‘s character “has a very strong presence this season, in the entire season, similarly to how she did last year.”

“We set up at the end of Season that Stefan had kept up with writing in the journal to keep Elena up to speed with everything they’ve been going through,” Plec states “We really keep that up in the beginning of the season. Everyone has their turn telling their stories in the journal. With that, we’ve gotten to both keep Elena’s character alive, but also return to the nostalgia of Season 1 when  “Dear Diary”.

Plec describes Season 8 as a “year of finallys,” explaining that, “because it’s the last season, we get to deliver on all the things we’ve been keeping a nice Santa’s wish list of.”

One of those “finallys,” will be the long-awaited return of Dobrev, who hasn’t been seen in new footage since May 2015. Although, Dobrev stated in an interview, that she did record new audio for the Season 7 finale.