In late 2016, when it was announced that the eighth season would be the final season, Dobrev was in talks about returning to the television series to reprise her role in the final episode. Dobrev's return was confirmed on January 26, 2017, via an Instagram post.Dobrev appeared in the final episode of the show as both Elena and her evil doppelgänger Katherine Pierce.Plec said "We kind of abandoned that queen-bee popular complex that in a lot of ways defined early Elena in the books", while feeling that Elena's actual flaw is her "deep, deep connection to other people". Speaking about the different qualities Stefan and Damon bring to Elena, Dobrev said they have "different qualities that are very appealing", which combined make "the perfect man".Describing Elena from the books, Dobrev said she is "one of those mean girls that gets what she wants, popular . She said "Stefan is committed and sweet and protective and loving, and Damon is spontaneous and crazy and fun and exciting".Elena will only wake up when Bonnie dies in around 60 years.She was locked inside the Salvatore tomb, which was changed in the seventh season, and was relocated in Brooklyn, New York.Plec said: "That felt obviously too soon, and rushed, and we didn’t want to make a show about a teenage girl who instantly becomes a vampire.But we always knew that her journey would take her there eventually".
In April 2015, Nina Dobrev announced that she would be departing the series after the sixth season finale.She took the cure and became human again towards the end of the sixth season.In the finale of the sixth season, Kai linked Elena to Bonnie's life by magic.In the season 8 finale, she is revealed to be happily married to Damon.Elena considers Damon to be the love of her life and her soulmate.Grayson Gilbert (adoptive father/paternal uncle) Miranda Gilbert (adoptive mother/paternal aunt) John Gilbert (biological father/adoptive paternal uncle) Isobel Flemming (biological mother) Jeremy Gilbert (adoptive brother/paternal cousin) Jenna Sommers (adoptive aunt) Damon Salvatore (husband) Alaric Saltzman (stepfather) Stefan Salvatore (brother-in-law) Anastasia Salvatore (daughter)Amara (maternal ancestor; doppelgänger of) Tatia (maternal ancestor; doppelgänger of) Katherine Pierce/Katerina Petrova (maternal ancestor; doppelgänger of) Nadia Petrova (maternal ancestor) Jonathon Gilbert (paternal ancestor) Samantha Gilbert (paternal ancestor) Elena Gilbert is a fictional character and protagonist in the novel series The Vampire Diaries.In The Vampire Diaries, set in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, she is portrayed by Nina Dobrev.In what was described by the International Business Times as "the moment Vampire Diaries fans have been waiting for", Elena had to choose whether to be driven to Damon or Stefan to say goodbye to.At the time, Klaus was killed, meaning all vampires sprouting from his bloodline also die, which includes Damon and Stefan. However, all these vampires end up surviving when Klaus never really dies.Executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson agreed that in the book series, Elena was turned into a vampire too early, which was around page 200 of The Awakening.Elena's transition into a vampire was planned for two years.