'The Vampire Diaries' Season 8 Air Date, Updates, Latest News: Nina Dobrev Returning BUT No Reunion With Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley Leads?
"The Vampire Diaries" Season 8 is still some ways away and Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) is already quite large in the episodes but no reunion may happen with co-leads Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore), Paul Wesley (Stefan) and Kat Graham (Bonnie Bennet). TVD executive producer Julie Plec and the team behind The CW series are setting up the reawakening of Elena Gilbert, nicely building up excitement at seeing Nina Dobrev back but perhaps without her old circle.
TVLine cites Julie Plec in highlighting that "The Vampire Diaries" Season 7 established the diary of Elena Gilbert was kept alive all this time with help from Stefan Salvatore. "The Vampire Diaries" EP revealed that this was an intentional set-up with a two-fold purpose.
On the one hand, the diary is being kept ready for when the time comes that Nina Dobrev returns Elena Gilbert to wakefulness in the finale. On the other hand, the media outlet cites, the diary is a reminder of the texture of the series from its earlier days.
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One wonders, however, if the diary is possibly being updated in "The Vampire Diaries" because Elena Gilbert will only awaken long after Stefan and Damon Salvatore and Bonnie Bennett have gone. Is Nina Dobrev then returning to TVD for a final bow but separate from Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley and Kat Graham?
Although such a prospect can deflate fan enthusiasm, Julie Plec had promised in the past that "The Vampire Diaries" Season 8 finale will end the series on a strong note with or without Nina Dobrev. Or for that matter with or without Nina Dobrev reuniting with Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley and Kat Graham in the series ender.
The CW will air "The Vampire Diaries" Season 8 Episode 6 ("Detoured on Some Random Backwoods Path to Hell") on Dec 2. Episode 7 "The Next Time I Hurt Somebody, It Could Be You," on the other hand, airs on Dec 9.
Do you think Nina Dobrev will see Elena Gilbert will be in a genuine TVD cast reunion at "The Vampire Diaries" Season 8 finale? Or do you believe Nina Dobrev will simply have Elena Gilbert rediscovering her journal and reading about the end of the Mystic Falls crew from its pages?