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After an incredible run, amassing eight seasons and over 155 episodes, it has been revealed that Season 8 of The Vampire Diaries will officially be its last. The shocking announcement was made by the cast and crew on Saturday morning at Comic-Con.

We feel the same way, Elena!
We feel the same way, Elena!

During the announcement, the cast and crew screened a special farewell video titled "TVD Forever" which took a stroll down Mystic Falls' memory lane and reminded us why we fell in love with the series in the first place.

End Of An Era

The end of The Vampire Diaries will officially bring a close to the young adult vampire era — an era that the show dominated alongside Twilight and True Blood. The series, based on L.J. Smith's novels, was one of the most popular series during its first few years and helped put the new generation of CW shows on the map.

Throwback: Dobrev and Wesley in the pilot.
Throwback: Dobrev and Wesley in the pilot.

I am very torn to hear the show will be ending. The first four seasons were some of the most cutting edge and compelling television I have ever watched. The writing and acting was of an incredibly high standard. Of course, as time moved on, cast members left — most notably the series star Nina Dobrev.

So with Elena — the reason why the show exists — no longer being on the show, many feel it should have ended at Season 6. While it's very upsetting for many, it's also good to acknowledge the amazing run the show has had and allow it to go out on a high before even more cast members leave.

Will Nina Dobrev Return?

Although nothing is confirmed yet, everyone is hoping that Nina Dobrev will return to the role of Elena for the final episodes, reuniting with Paul Wesley's Stefan and Ian Somerhalder's Damon. Let's be honest, Elena is the reason the show's premise even exists — she is the Salvatore brothers' muse — and there was no reason to continue the show without her. However, now we will hopefully see her return for the show's final bow.

When asked about the possibility of Dobrev's return, Executive Producer Julie Plec gave a promising response when she stated:

"It’s what I’ve got in my head... Obviously things can change throughout time, if the show goes on longer than we expect it to, or if we all collectively decide it would be fun to bring her back earlier, and she wanted to. … I’m sticking with my side of the plan, which is to bring her back at the very end."

Very promising response indeed. Hopefully Elena will return to tie up her arc and in turn, tie up the show's story.

Farewell Mystic Falls

So it's going to be a sad day next May when we bid The Vampire Diaries adieu once and for all. It has had a phenomenal run at the top and the cast and crew should be incredibly proud of what they have accomplished. It is one of my all-time favorite shows and I know I'm going to be a mess when I watch that final episode.

Triumphant trio: Damon, Elena and Stefan.
Triumphant trio: Damon, Elena and Stefan.

I also feel it's important to stress that the series has not been cancelled. It has already been confirmed that The Vampire Diaries has been renewed for an eighth season and will return to the CW in October. This is a natural stopping point, so Plec and company have months to come up with a satisfactory ending worthy of the almighty Vampire Diaries.

Check out the farewell video below:

I'm not crying! You're crying!

The Vampire Diaries returns to The CW on October 21 for its eight and final geason. Are you upset to hear that The Vampire Diaries will be wrapping up or are you satisfied with the amazing run it has had? Let us know in the comments!

[Source: TVLine]