The series finale of The Vampire Diaries, a 8-year long TV journey into the lives of a group of (mostly) undead lovers and friends from the fictional town of Mystic Falls, VA., brought forth a mix of emotional responses from both the show’s hardcore fans and its featured players.
As E! News notes, several cast members of the supernaturally-charged serial, which wrapped its run on Friday night, took to social media both during and after the airing of the final episode, “I Was Feeling Epic,” to reminisce on the L.J. Smith book adaptation that premiered in September of 2009.
Original show lead and Mystic Falls doppelganger Nina Dobrev (Elena, Katherine, et al.) brought forth the heaviest load of Vampire Diaries finale tributes with a selection of throwback photos and memories via her Instagram profile, including one that caught her posing with Elena’s first TVD love, Zach Roerig (Matt).
“[Eight] years ago, this fool and I boarded a plane to Vancouver to shoot a pilot,” Nina explained about the shot.
“We didn’t know each other, but we both only brought [one] carry on and then a snowboard bag as checked luggage. During the weeks, we would shoot 15-hour days [and go] straight from set to Whistler Mountain to hit the slopes and shred the terrain park. We became fast friends. And almost got fired.”
As those who viewed The Vampire Diaries finale can attest to, both actors were ultimately able to hold onto their jobs.
“We survived to the bitter end,” Nina continued, “and now eight years later, we have a show that we’re proud of and a friendship that will last a lifetime.”
In a collage posting, Dobrev heaped praise onto her female TVD co-stars Kat Graham (Bonnie), Candice King (Caroline), and Kayla Ewell, whose character, Vicky, Matt’s sister, was murdered by a vicious Damon during the show’s first season.
“We started out as fetuses,” Nina wrote, “now, we are women. The trips, adventures, and laughter I have shared with these beautiful souls makes me tear with joy.”
“I love them more than I could ever explain or begin to put into words. We were all so young, and so excited about the new and exciting show we had booked. And even more excited that we got to be a part of it together.”
Actor Paul Wesley, the man behind the broody Stefan Salvatore, followed suit and offered up his own behind-the-lens moment that included his on-screen brother, Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) from 2008.
In return, Somerhalder uploaded a silhouette of himself literally waving goodbye.
“Watching the finale right now,” he wrote.
“Thank you #TVD fans, [all] around the world!”
Like her Vampire Diaries co-star, actress Kat Graham kept her thoughts short, but left no room for misinterpretation of her feelings regarding the show’s finale.
“Thank you to all the beautiful fans for your support during the [eight] years of [The Vampire Diaries],” she stated, ultimately closing out the post with a direct nod to her TVD persona.
“Goodbye, Bonnie Bennett.”
In related news, the The Vampire Diaries finale reportedly brought forth the best ratings that the CW has seen for the show in more than a year, with TV Line reporting a rating of 1.19 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating for the episode itself, and a 1.14 million/0.4 ranking for the lead-in, an hour-long TVD retrospective entitled Forever Yours.
For those who may have missed The Vampire Diaries series finale, the full episode, as well as most of the show’s final season, is now available on both the official website for the CW and its mobile app,
[Featured Image by Warner Bros. Television Distribution]