The Vampire Diaries’ Season six’s finale aired on Thursday night, which was Nina Dobrev’s last episode on the CW series. Fans have been left wondering how the character would depart the show since Dobrev announced her leaving — that is, until now.

Rather than just outright kill the character, the writers made it a bit easier on the fans. Elena ultimately survived, but is no longer a functional character. She undergoes a linking spell that connects her to Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham). The deal is that as long as Bonnie is alive, Elena will remain asleep. She ended up sacrificing herself for her best friend.

I knew, fundamentally, killing Elena Gilbert would be the worst possible way to say goodbye to that character,” the show’s executive producer, Julie Plec, explained to reporters. “I don’t know if anybody could have talked me into that. We had to tragically put an end to a character for the moment and make it seem final and permanent, which it is, [while] also leaving a door open with hope for the future. Which there is. That was what we set out to do, and I think we succeeded in doing that.”

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