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 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.
On March 9, 2009, it was announced that Bulgarian-born Canadian actress Nina Dobrev, known for her portrayal of Mia Jones on Degrassi: The Next Generation, had joined the cast of The Vampire Diaries as Elena.
Damon remains entirely devoted to Elena throughout the remaining two seasons as Elena sleeps peacefully.Dobrev went back home to Canada, yet, still wanting the part, she submitted a videotape audition, which saw her cast as Elena Gilbert.Additionally, she said "I think I have one of the coolest characters on the show — I get to play two completely different people on opposite sides of the spectrum and I just have so much fun doing it". However, in the television series, she is Bulgarian, as is Dobrev, who can speak the language fluently .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".In the books, Elena was blonde, popular, selfish and a "mean girl".However the show's producers, Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, felt that it wasn't the direction they wanted to go with their heroine in The Vampire Diaries television series.Dobrev said, "The writers heard me speaking Bulgarian to my mom on the phone while I was on set one day. Executive producer of the television show, Julie Plec, said the Elena from the books was "really kind of selfish".In The Vampire Diaries, Elena's "selfishness" in the books as a human was never explored, because it "didn't ever feel like a characteristic" the show wanted for their heroine. Williamson told her that "the angle we wanted to go for was the relatable, nice, girl next door, who the audience roots for".After Elena became a vampire, she became sired to Damon and they slept together.According to Plec during an interview with TVLine, Elena "really believes what she feels is 100 percent genuine and real", and the couple "wants to be together and realizes that they shouldn’t, yet really wants to. " In the season 4 finale, an unsired Elena confirms that she is in love with Damon, and the two kiss passionately.