Season 8, the final season, is airing Episode 10 this Friday, Jan 27 on The CW. Dobrev just posted a photo to her Instagram, revealing that she was "back on set" for her return as Elena in the season finale, Episode 16, which should air on March 10:
Gotta love the ambiance. As you can see in the image, the script is for Season 8, Episode 16, titled "I Was Feeling Epic," written by co-creators Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, and directed by Plec.
How will Elena return to the fold? Not sure. Dobrev previously returned to do ADR (automated dialogue replacement) for TVD's Season 7 finale, which just featured her voice. Back in May 2016, after that episode aired, Julie Plec confirmed that the plan was still to have Dobrev return as Elena for the series finale. At the time, they did not know when exactly the show would end.
"It's what she and I kind of agreed on when she decided to move on, and it's what I've got in my head," Plec told TVLine. "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."
In terms of her post-TVD life, Dobrev co-stars in the new movie "xXx: Return of Xander Cage," and she's part of the "Flatliners" sequel coming out in September.
"The Vampire Diaries" airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on The CW.
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