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Our time has almost come to an end in Mystic Falls. will breathe its last breath this Friday on , and it will be time to say goodbye to Elena, Damon, Stefan, Bonnie and the rest. If you're feeling tender-hearted about the end of this era, you're not alone. The cast is getting just as emotional as we are about the series finale.

Nina Dobrev (Elena), who left the show at the end of Season 6, agreed to come back for this final farewell. The rush of nostalgia combined with the knowledge that it's all coming to an end must be a lot to take, but she told EW that she's really satisfied with how the finale turned out:

Elena returns 'The Vampire Diaries' [Credit: CW]
Elena returns 'The Vampire Diaries' [Credit: CW]

"I feel like I’ve watched other shows where the series finale leaves you unsatisfied, but we really do come to a conclusion with all the characters and their lives. Julie and Kevin wrote a really beautiful episode, with a lot of callbacks to the pilot."

Nina's return has undoubtedly stoked a lot of emotions on set, and Paul Wesley (Stefan) — who already admitted to shedding a tear over the finale's script — wasn't immune to the feeling:

Elena and Stefan say goodbye 'The Vampire Diaries' [Credit: The CW]
Elena and Stefan say goodbye 'The Vampire Diaries' [Credit: The CW]

"It’s this very interesting melancholy. I did Stefan’s final scene with Elena. It was strangely emotional for me. You’re saying goodbye to this time and this moment. The two of us are never going to be playing these characters ever again, and these were really important characters in television for eight years."

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For many of the young stars, The Vampire Diaries launched them into the spotlight and started their careers. Candice King (Caroline) described how important the series has been to her since its inception:

Caroline at Miss Mystic Falls 'The Vampire Diaries' [Credit: The CW]
Caroline at Miss Mystic Falls 'The Vampire Diaries' [Credit: The CW]

"[This show] changed my life. It’s hard to summarize at this point what it means because it kind of means everything."

Zach Roerig (Matt) shared his co-star's sentiment:

Matt 'The Vampire Diaries' [Credit: The CW]
Matt 'The Vampire Diaries' [Credit: The CW]

"We all started this show, almost all of us, in the midst of some sort of life turmoil, whatever it may have been. And somehow through these eight years we’ve patched ourselves up and are now ready to face the world again."

The series finale of The Vampire Diaries airs Friday, March 10 at 8/7 CT on the CW. If you haven't seen it yet, check out the preview below.

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