A bloody good time! The CW's The Vampire Diaries comes back for its eighth and final season on Friday, October 21, and we know you’re probably really excited! Why wouldn’t you be? Fans have a lot of questions they need answers to! Like, what happened to Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Enzo (Michael Malarkey)? How is Bonnie (Kat Graham) doing without them? We can’t tell you everything, but we can give you more than a few spoilers, so read on for more.
Someone Dies … But Who?!
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Graham teased that someone is going to die! (TVD fans, don’t act surprised; you know the showrunners have no problem with killing off your favorite characters!) She said it’s "not in the season premiere — but, you know, midway through, someone’s kickin’ the bucket.”
About Elena …
Everyone wants to know what’s going on with Elena (Nina Dobrev). Dobrev is listed on season 8’s Wikipedia page as a member of Season 8’s “special guest cast,” so does that mean she’s going to be back in a big, “special” way?
Us Weekly reported in August that the actress was in talks to come back, although nothing has been firmed up as of yet. Cocreator Julie Plec explained, “We set up at the end [of season 7] that Stefan had kept up with writing in the journal to keep [Elena] up to speed with everything they’ve been going through. … 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’ was a thing.”
Get Ready to Take a Trip Down Memory Lane
The “Dear Diary” thing isn’t going to be the only nostalgic throwback. So far, we know three of the episode titles — “Hello, Brother,” “Today Will Be Different” and “You Decided That I Was Worth Saving” — and true TVD fans will find those phrases eerily familiar.
Why? They’re quotes from earlier seasons! The showrunners are really committed to making sure this final season is as fulfilling as possible for the die-hard fans who’ve been with the show since the beginning.
Some Familiar Names Are Back — On Screen and Off!
Tyler (Michael Trevino) is set to make a reappearance and confront Damon in the third episode, but he isn’t the only person to return to the show. Kevin Williamson, who cocreated TVD, said during the panel at San Diego Comic-Con that “it’s really nice to live in this world again.”
“I’ve never been too far away. I love it. As Julie and I sat down to write the first episode of season 8, I was freaking out. And Julie was like, ‘Write all the Damon stuff,’ and I was like, ‘I don’t know his voice anymore. But it actually came together really quickly,” he said.
See? We told you they were pulling out all the stops in paying homage to the earlier episodes!
Even With All the Reunions, Everyone Is Lonely
We already mentioned that Damon and Enzo are gone, but how is everyone holding up without them?
Graham said at that same SDCC panel that without her magic and her friends, Bonnie is basically at “ground zero.”
“Her best friends are not there, so it’s going to be really exciting to see Bonnie’s journey this season,” she explained.
Stefan, too, is going to be adjusting. Paul Wesley explained that his character is “crying” and “missing his bro.” He went on, “He’s always concerned for Damon. It’s back to the original dynamic of the brothers. The dynamic was always Damon getting into trouble, and Stefan trying to save him. At current time, he has a broken heart over his big bro.”
Well, Caroline Isn’t Lonely — She’s Got Too Many People Around!
Poor Caroline (Candice King)! She’s got so much to deal with this season. She’s got two daughters, and she’s trying to co-parent with Alaric (Matt Davis) while she’s working on rekindling her romance with Stefan!
At SDCC, King explained that her character is “very busy with family life, and helping Stefan and Bonnie track down Damon and Enzo,” but also that motherhood has given her “a whole new department in her life to be incredibly neurotic about,” so she’ll be trying to be safer.
King exclusively told Us that she loves how the season — and, by extension, the whole show — turns out.
“It's great to be a part of something where you get to have that beginning, middle and we're going to have an end,” she gushed. “So I think that is such a gift. And it's been such an emotional journey, and so to be able to close it out on such beautiful terms, I think, is a wonderful thing.”
Hopefully that means things don’t turn out too badly for Caroline! Or anyone else, for that matter! (We know, we know — wishful thinking.)
Tell Us: Who’s going to be, as Kat Graham said, “kickin’ the bucket”?
Watch The Vampire Diaries on The CW Fridays at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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