Nina Dobrev has bid farewell to ‘The Vampire Diaries’ with a touching tribute to the cast and crew of the TV series.
The 28-year-old actress reprises her role as Elena Gilbert for the last ever series of the popular CW supernatural drama, and on her last day on set she reflected on how "emotional" it was to return to the program – after two years away – for a final time.
The brunette beauty also had a special gift of engraved "forever keys" made for her cast mates and promised that fans of the show will be impressed the conclusion of the series.
In a lengthy note posted on Instagram – accompanied by a photo of her gift – on Monday (02.06.17), she wrote: "Dearest TVD family,
"It feels like it was just yesterday that I was saying goodbye. And yet two years have passed and here we are again. This is my true final goodbye, as today I shot my last scene of the Vampire Diaries forever. Coming back for the series finale has been a whirlwind of emotion, nostalgia, love, tears of joy and bittersweet endings. It feels like the beautiful closure we all needed, myself included, and I couldn’t have been happier to come home to be with my TVD set family and friends. I feel the fans family will also be happy with the show’s conclusion when they tune in to watch the last episode air in a few short weeks. From the bottom of my heart, I send you my biggest thanks for the countless years of implicit dedication, passion, support, and undying love from all the fans that have stuck with us on this truly amazing and beautiful journey. As this last chapter ends, we welcome and look forward to going on to the next adventure and hope that you continue to follow us as our new journeys begin. I grew up on this show and am eternally grateful for all the opportunities it has given me, and so thankful for each and every person who worked on The Vampire Diaries over the last 8 years. We are all pieces of a big puzzle and without every truly amazing cast and crew member, this magical puzzle would not be complete. Thank you for all your hard work, friendship and love. You have touched my heart in ways you will never know. Sending looch smooches, Love, Katherine, Amara, Tatia, and of course, Elena Gilbert. #TVDforever #FangsForTheMemories
"Ps. I had these custom engraved TVD #Forever keys made as crew gifts for my beloved TVD a family. @thegivingkeys is an amazing company that sells products to provide jobs. Every product you purchase supports job creation for individuals transitioning out of homelessness, impacting lives through the power of a Pay It Forward community. (sic)"
The final episode titled ‘I Was Feeling Epic’ will be aired on Friday March 10.