Season 8 will be the last season of ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ and we’re still coping. The final season premieres Oct. 21, and these last 16 episodes are going to be a roller coaster of emotions. From the return of Ripper Stefan to the possibility of Nina Dobrev coming back, here’s everything we know coming into the final season!
*Elena Gilbert has a “very strong presence” in the final season.
When season 8 begins, Elena Gilbert is still very much asleep. However, she “has a very strong presence this season, in the entire season,” Julie Plec, 44, told our sister site TVLine. She also revealed to Entertainment Tonight that “Damon’s memories of her play a big part of the season.” Cue the screams!
*Nina Dobrev is most likely coming back.
Julie also dished to ET that she feels very good about Nina, 27, making an appearance in the final season. “She and I have spoken and I know that she 100 percent wants to be there and I, of course, 100 percent want her to be there, and so it just comes down to stupid things like scheduling,” she said. HollywoodLife.com told you EXCLUSIVELY in April 2016 Nina would definitely return to the show when it was coming to an end.
*Ripper Stefan is going to make a comeback.
No, Stefan’s not going to be a ripper in the present day, but Julie revealed to Entertainment Weekly that fans we’ll get a flashback of when Stefan was the Ripper of Monterey. Now that’s going to be epic! As much as we love Good Stefan, there’s nothing like seeing the golden Salvatore boy be so, so bad.
*The show will revisit favorite Mystic Falls events.
The iconic Founder’s Day and Miss Mystic Falls will be revisited in the final season. The Vampire Diaries is going back to basics and really making the final episodes a treat for longtime fans.
*Damon is back to his bad self in the season premiere.
Damon and Enzo in a bad place when season 8 starts out. They’re now being controlled by a nasty evil spirit, and Damon is worse off than Enzo. “In the first episode, you’ll find out that Damon is very much his malicious old Season 1 self,” Michael Malarkey, 33, told Collider.
*Some of your characters will probably be returning, too.
Over the years, the writers have found clever ways to bring old fan favorites back. The Other Side no longer exists, but Julie is going to find a way for your fave characters to return. “I got something up my sleeve, but it’s not Other Side-y,” she teased to EW.
The Vampire Diaries final season premieres Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW. Stay tuned for a full recap of the season 8 premiere!
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