Nina Dobrev is officially set to return for the series finale of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries.
The actress announced her return in an Instagram with a picture of her script. “I know it’s Thursday, but this is not a TBT [Throwback Thursday,” read the caption.
Her return should come as no surprise to fans, as network president Mark Pedowitz has been adamant about having her back for the final episode. “We would love to have her – she was great and integral to the show’s success,” he said in August while admitting there were discussions involving her appearing.
When the actress made a deal to exit the series at the end of the sixth season, there was a clause allowing her to return for the finale. Dobrev devastated fans ahead of the season six finale when she announced her departure. “I always knew I wanted Elena’s story to be a six-season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime,” said the actress at the time.
The writers facilitated Dobrev’s exit by placing Elena in a deep slumber, linking her life to that of her best friend Bonnie (Kat Graham) – as long as Bonnie lived, Elena would remain asleep. The spell was part of season 6 baddie Kai’s (Chris Wood) ultimate revenge against Damon (Ian Somerhalder). If Damon wanted Elena back, he had to kill Bonnie, which would definitely destroy his relationship with Elena and likely Elena herself.
“I’m thrilled to bring this show to an end the way we always intended – with Nina back to help us say goodbye,” said executive producer Julie Plec in a statement.
The series finale, written by Plec and co-creator Kevin Williamson, is set to air Friday, March 10.