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5 Wishes for the Final 9 Episodes of ‘The Vampire Diaries’

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No matter how much we try to deny it, the end of The Vampire Diaries is fast approaching.

Season eight’s brought us a lot of epic moments already: season one nostalgia, Stefan and Caroline’s engagement, kidnappings, a major character death, BAMF Bonnie, new villains, and mysteries.

While we wait to see what else the writers have in store for us over the course of the remaining episodes, we put together our final season wish list.

Flip the Salvatore Switches

Yes, we’re as excited as everyone else at the idea of both brothers being humanity free for an episode or two. Build up the tension and drama and the wonder of who’s going to pull them back from the edge *cough*Caroline*cough* and then return them to their morally gray selves. We don’t want to spend the last episodes ever watching them self-destruct only to rejoin Team Hero in the final hour.

Bring Back #Bamon

Remember the awesome friendship they developed in season six? Best friends who saved each other and choose each other again and again? Things took a bad turn last season when Damon jumped in a coffin for three years, but by the finale, Bonnie forgave him. Even if she’s not ready to do that again, we’d like to see the writers at least acknowledge the deep friendship they shared. Bonnie rescued Enzo—let her try to save Damon.

Familiar Faces

Over the years, the writers have found clever ways to revive old characters, including the many (many) dearly departed. While we don’t want to see the last episodes overrun with guest stars and cameo appearances, it would be nice to glimpse at least a few people from past seasons. Maybe Jeremy makes a surprise trip home. Caroline could dream of Liz or Bonnie of Gram. Cade could use Tyler as a pawn to manipulate Stefan and Damon.

Romantic Resolutions

Shipper wars aside, we can all agree that romance has been one of the central themes of the show since the pilot. It’s impossible for everyone to get what they want, and we know the writers are going to cut our hearts out at least one or ten more times, but our characters deserve closure in the romance department. Whether that be a June wedding or a reunion sixty years in the future or just a romantic vacation for two, we want to see romance in the final stretch.

An Ending for Elena

Fans tend to fall into two camps: those who believe the show doesn’t work without Elena and those who think it’s done just fine, or even improved, since Nina Dobrev exited at the end of season six. Her presence looms large this season and we’d like to see her on our screens one last time. Bonus points if the writers can find a way around that pesky ‘Bonnie has to die for Elena to live’ clause (in other words, the perfect excuse to bring back Kai).

The Vampire Diaries returns Friday, Jan. 13 at 8/7c on The CW.

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Mandy Treccia

Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that. Follow her on Twitter at @SourceMandy.