The Vampire Diaries, a supernatural drama TV series that ran on CBS in 2009, has a total of eight seasons to date. The show’s producers, however, announced late last year that the eighth season will also be the series’ last.

And now it’s been confirmed that Elena Gilbert, played by Nina Dobrev, will return for the series finale. After a series of lengthy talks, Dobrev signed on to return to her role. Before this announcement, CW president Mark Pedowitz had been ambiguous about whether the trio of Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, and Paul Wesley could be reunited. Pedowitz had cautiously and vaguely stated, “The CW promises a fantastic series finale,” which some fans interpreted as a hint at Dobrev’s return.

Dobrev, who left the show at the end of Season 6 in 2015, will make a comeback in the series finale, set to air on Friday, March 10, 2017. Julie Plec, producer of the show, has said fans have always wanted for Dobrev to return, and that “Nina has always said that if there’s something for her to do in the series finale that she will be there to do it.”

And it looks like the fans’ wishes have been granted.

Dobrev will appear in the show’s highly-anticipated finale, set to air on March 10 on the CW.

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