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March 11, 2017

Okay it has been 24 hours since the series finale so I can finally share some articles about the episode …

Paul, Ian, Nina, Candice and more share their thoughts on the series finale.

Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the series finale of The Vampire Diaries. Read at your own risk!

After eight seasons of love triangles, brother bonding, decade dances, and immortal foes, The Vampire Diaries ended with Stefan Salvatore saving the day. But this time, saving the day cost him his life.

In the show’s series finale, Stefan sacrificed himself in order to kill Katherine Pierce and destroy hell. In doing so, he was able to find peace, and by hour’s end, a human Damon and a human Elena would join him in that peace, with both of them reuniting with their families — Elena hugging her parents on her front porch and Damon getting one last brother hug at the Salvatore mansion.

As for everyone else: We left Matt contemplating a run for mayor, Bonnie on her way to travel the world, and Caroline and Ric opening a school for their daughters and other “gifted” children like them. (Yes, Klaus Mikaelson was a major donor.)

So while fans figure out their feelings on the finale, EW talked to the cast about their reaction when they first read the show’s farewell:

Candice King (Caroline Forbes): As a viewer of television and a lover of series finales, from just a fan perspective, I think it is incredibly fulfilling and emotional and it leaves doors open but it also brings a lot of closure. I was just excited. I kind of knew some tidbits just from talking with Julie [Plec] before, but I just thought it was a beautiful ending to eight years of twists and turns and characters and love interests and heartbreaks and triangles and ships and death and life and all that’s in between.

Matt Davis (Alaric Saltzman): I got pretty emotional about it. Anytime you have that moment where characters from the past reappear and merge, I always get emotional about that.

Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore): Well, it’s not the ending that Paul and I always thought we would get — just the two bros in some Speedos on the beach drinking some rum. These things are hard to write. You obviously want to pay off an audience for going on a very long journey with you. The writers themselves want to pay off their own artistic integrity. And so it’s invariably difficult to satisfy everyone, and that’s what I find so interesting about the endings of TV shows that people go on and on and on discussing. You’re never going to satisfy an entire populous of people. The interpretation that you leave is what you leave. This is the end of our show.

Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan): I think ending this show was probably the hardest thing Julie’s ever had to do in writing. She and Kevin [Williamson] did a great job. But I just really loved Stefan’s sacrifice — that was a beautiful way to end it. It kind of diffused any of the feelings that were going on from all the things that have happened before, especially with Bonnie. I thought it was really beautifully written.

Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore): I didn’t [know ahead of time about death]. I had been telling them that I think Stefan should die. He’s been the Ripper; he was the one who caused his brother to turn into a vampire. All the murders Damon did were all my fault really, if it comes down to the genesis of it. I just felt like he’s been the hero of the story to a degree and it only made sense for him to die at the end. They totally teased me and said that he wouldn’t die, so they really taunted me for a couple months. I read the finale script on an airplane. The first five acts, I was kind of like, “Okay yeah, this is interesting,” but it didn’t really hit me until the sixth act. And then the sixth act I teared up and I never really tear up when it comes to sentimental Vampire Diaries-esque things. I thought how it ended was powerful.

Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce): I am satisfied with the way the show ends — the fact that Elena finds peace and becomes human, which is what she always wanted. She gets to be with the man that she loves, which is what she always wanted. She gets to say goodbye to her former love and now best friend. I cried during a lot of moments. I didn’t get the chance to be at the final read-through unfortunately but maybe that’s for the best because I would’ve been a mess. I cried during Stefan and Caroline’s final moments, because it broke my heart. I cried at the end when I read that Elena was writing in the diary again, when Elena basically says the same sentence that I did in the pilot eight years ago.


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  • March 10, 2017

    For over a century I have lived in secret, hiding in the shadows, alone in the world, until now. I am a vampire. And this is my story.

    It has been eight years since filming started on the Vampire Diaries in Vancouver, British Columbia (which eventually moved to Covington, Georgia). A cast and crew of mostly strangers would eventually become a family as they filmed the CW hit series. Thank you to every person who helped make the Vampire Diaries what it has been. Thank you to Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec for taking a series of books and making it into a weekly favorite. Thank you Paul for bringing us the rich character of Stefan Salvatore. And thank you fans for all the fun along the way.

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  • March 10, 2017

    Tonight is the night … the two hour season finale. I have played catch up today and added all of the missing season 8 episode stills to our gallery.

    Gallery Links:
    Paul Wesley Web > The Vampire Diaries > Season Eight > Episode Stills

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  • March 10, 2017

    Paul Wesley shares his favorite behind the scenes moment on set.

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  • March 10, 2017

    I came across this article by Entertainment Tonight where they discussed last week’s episode with Paul and discussed the finale along with Nina’s return.

    Here comes the (vampire) bride!

    In tonight’s penultimate episode of The Vampire Diaires, Stefan and Caroline are tying the knot — and unraveling some Mystic Falls trouble along the way.

    Earlier this week, ET caught up with star Paul Wesley to get the behind-the-scenes scoop on tonight’s epically romantic wedding and inside details on what’s ahead when Nina Dobrev returns next week for The Vampire Diaries’ series finale.

    Wesley, who jokes that Stefan has seen and done it all over these last eight seasons, (I’ve died 17 times and killed 18,000 people, and I’m still the hero!”) confesses that a wedding was still on his TVD bucket list.

    “It’s funny because you know I had heard about this ‘June wedding’ for the first time at Comic Con. I had no idea what everyone was talking about and I still kind of don’t really know what it’s about,” Wesley admits with a laugh to a group of reporters.

    True TVD fans remember that in the very first episode of the series, Caroline gushes to Bonnie about all of the information she has already gathered on the attractive, yet mysterious new student Stefan Salvatorre.

    “We’re planning a June wedding,” she breezily adds.

    The actor continues, “So when they first told me that we were going to have a June wedding, I was like, ‘Oh, cool. We’re paying homage to the fans,’ But yeah it was kind of amazing.”

    Wesley reveals that he knew that from the moment that the Vampire Diaries writers “dangled that carrot” with the news of a Steroline proposal, that a wedding was inevitable. “I know how this show works in the sense that if we hadn’t gotten married, I thought that’d be a real twist,” he says. “And [Vampire Dairies creator] Julie [Plec] is way too nice of a person. You know, she wouldn’t do that.”

    “Stefan and Elena were such the pair for so many years and I never in a million years thoughts Caroline and Stefan would end up being that kind of — I don’t want to say true love because I think true love can exist in many forms — but I never knew that they would be equally as powerful as a couple. So it was equally surprising to me,” he explains.

    Speaking of Elena, fans were overjoyed to learn that former TVD leading lady Nina Dobrev will officially be returning in the drama’s series finale to reprise her roles as both Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce.

    “I think it would be very strange to not have Nina come back for the finale,” he shares. “It’s like the whole story is about two brothers essentially — I mean the crux of it — is two brothers fighting over a girl. I mean, there’s a zillion other storylines. But, I felt like it would have been a real shame for the fans and for the show to not sort of wrap that up to a degree.”

    Wesley confirms that Dobrev’s return in the final episode will be a very “satisfying” ending for audiences and that he even got a little choked up when reading the very last script.

    “I read the script on the plane,” he recalls. “It’s just a culmination of so many emotions. You’re like, ‘OK, this is the last script I’m ever going to read for this show.’ I got a bit teary-eyed and I’m kind of a cold-hearted bastard,” he confesses. “So I took a selfie with just a bit of red eyes, and I sent it to Julie and Kevin [Williamson]. I was like, ‘Good work, guys.'”

    The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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  • March 9, 2017

    The cast sits down and shares how the cast is more than just a cast and crew … they are a family!

    The cast shares how much TVD means to them.

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  • March 9, 2017

    One more episode … in one more day.

    Don’t miss the TVD 2-hour series finale event FRIDAY starting at 8/7c on The CW.

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  • March 9, 2017

    Paul spills that a main character will be dying in tomorrow night’s series finale!

    We’d heard rumblings that someone will die in the Vampire Diaries series finale… and it sounds like it’s going to be a real heartbreaker.

    Paul Wesley – who plays Stefan – told press including Digital Spy that it’s “definitely a main character” who bites the bullet in Friday’s episode.

    “I don’t want to react, because I feel like this is a test and you’re going to deduce who it is,” he joked. “I’m going to do my poker face!”

    But while fans might be left crying, ‘Why??’, Wesley insisted that “someone needed to die” in the show’s last ever episode.

    “If someone had not died, I would have been disappointed,” he admitted.

    Wesley also revealed that just reading the script for the finale made him well up… could this killing of a central character be what set him off?

    He said: “I got a bit teary-eyed… and it was funny, [because] I’m a cold-hearted bastard!”

    Who could it be? Stefan himself? Or Damon? Caroline? Bonnie?

    So long as it’s not Elena who dies – Nina Dobrev is returning for the finale, but killing her off so soon after waking from a magic coma just seems cruel…

    Whatever happens, Ian Somerhalder (who plays Damon) has promised that the Vampire Diaries finale will be a belter – or at least better than Lost’s…

    The Vampire Diaries wraps up for good this Friday at 8/7c on The CW. The series returns to ITV2 in the UK next Tuesday (March 14) at 11.55pm.


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