'The Vampire Diaries': Nina Dobrev Return Confirmed In Season 8, But Not As Elena Gilbert

Viraj Mahajan

The Vampire Diaries is officially coming to an end with its Season 8. Now it has been confirmed that show's lead actress and Ian Somerhalder's ex-girlfriend, Nina Dobrev, is indeed making her comeback. The xXx: Return of Xander Cage actress, however, is not returning as Elena Gilbert, but will be seen portraying a new role.

Dobrev left TVD after Season 6, but as many of the viewers will recall that in the last episode of Season 7, it was shown how Somerhalder's character, Damon, was lured into the vault after hearing to Elena's voice. This made many fans speculate that the actress is coming back, but not in the character she always played.

During her conversation with E! News, Kat Graham, who portrayed the role of Bonnie Bennett, teased about the new female villain that is going to feature in Season 8.

"The villain, as of right now, is this amazing female badass. It's going to be good," she teased.

Did Graham just confirm Dobrev's return?

Meanwhile, show's co-creator Julie Plec also talked about show's favorite character. During their presence at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, Plec confirmed that Dobrev has made a promise to her that she will be back when the series will come to an end.

"Not to put too much pressure on anything Nina Dobrev, but a promise was made. An emotional promise that I'd like to see come to life."

"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. But in my opinion, she was very clear about what she wanted the next step in her life to be, and she's doing a great job of achieving that. So I'm sticking with my side of the plan, which is to bring her back at the very end."

Furthermore, Somerhalder's wife, Nikki Reed, can also be the reason behind the Lost star's unhappiness.

Well, now as it has been confirmed by different outlets that in The Vampire Diaries Season 8, Nina Dobrev is indeed making her return, fans of this supernatural series just have to wait for an official confirmation from the production team or for the air of Episode 1 of the final season.

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