This past Friday ended The Vampire Diaries after 8 seasons and as promised by its manager, Julie Plec, the final episode offered an “emotional experience” for both the audience and the characters after all these years of love triangles, brothers and immortal enemies.
The Vampire Diaries ended their story with Stefan Salvatore saving the day. At the end of the series, Stefan sacrificed himself to kill Katherine Pierce and destroy Hell. After this, humans Damon and Elena would join him in peace, with both reuniting with their respective families.
Maybe the fans probably need time to get over their feelings after seeing the end, but the cast members shared their opinions and reactions to what was cast. Nina Dobrev, who played the double role of Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce, told Hollywood Reporter:
“I’m satisfied with the way the show ends; the fact that Elena finds peace and becomes human, what she always wanted.”
The actress added:
“She gets to be with the man she loves, which is what she always wanted. She goes to say goodbye to her former love and now best friend.”
Dobrev revealed that she cried many moments, especially during the final scenes of Stefan and Caroline. The actress added:
“I cried at the end when Elena was writing in the diary again, when Elena basically says the same sentence I said in the pilot eight years ago.”
On the other hand, Paul Wesley revealed that he had no idea of the death of his character, Stefan. The actor added:
“I had been telling them that I believed that Stefan should die, he was the Ripper, it was he who caused his brother to become a vampire. All the killings that Damon did were really my fault, if it is the genesis of her”. “I just felt like he’s been the hero of the story to some extent and it only made sense for him to die in the end.”
Wesley said the production team had deceived him about what would happen and as they told him that Stefan would not die, so they mocked him for a couple of months. He continued saying, “The first five acts, I found a guy, ‘Okay, yeah, this is interesting’ but did not hit me until the sixth act I broke and I never broke when it comes to the sentimental in The Vampire Diaries. I thought how it ended was powerful.”
Ian Somerhalder, who played Damon Salvatore, said Entertainment Weekly that the ending of the show is not what Paul and he “always thought he would get.” He said that “obviously he wanted the audience to have a very long journey with us,” although he knew that he would never satisfy a all the people. He concluded his statement, “The interpretation you leave is the one you leave. This is the end of our show.”
Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan) revealed that he “really loved Stefan’s sacrifice.” He said, “That was a beautiful way to finish it, to spread some of the feelings that were going through all the things that have happened before, especially with Bonnie.” He said from the end that it had been “beautifully written.”
Matt Davis (Alaric Saltzman) and Candice King (Caroline Forbes) were also excited during the final episode. “I think it’s incredibly satisfying and emotional and leaves the doors open, but it also closes a lot,” King said in the interview. Davis, meanwhile, said: “Whenever you have that moment where characters from the past reappear and melt, I always feel emotional about it.”