Vampire Diaries season 8 could promise a reunion that would certainly make its last run truly unforgettable.

Executive producer Julie Plec announced that Vampire Diaries season 8 would be the last for the series. The news was one of the major upsets delivered at the San Diego Comic-Con 2016. Yet TVD fans might expect the best season from the series as Plec herself hinted at such.

Anticipation for Vampire Diaries season 8 could likely focus on speculations about Nina Dobrev’s return. Her departure from the series caused a stir as it meant the end of Delena. Fans remain hopeful for her return despite the show’s good performance during her absence. Thus, did the previous statements made by Ian Somerhalder a few months back about season 8 hint at her possible return.

“What made people fall in love with this story was its characters, not 40 of them, like eight of them, six of them – this core group of actors, of characters that really move you. I want the audience to feel closer, more afraid, more in love, more in tune with these characters than they have ever been,” Somerhalder told E! News then.

A recording of Nina Dobrev’s voice aired during the finale of season 7. The sneak peek at the episode Gods & Monsters raised hopes about her return to TVD in season 8. However, the production has made no official statement about her comeback.

Whether or not Nina Dobrev returns, fans can be certain Vampire Diaries season 8 would be special. It would likely be a testament to its success throughout the years. Moreover, it would celebrate the special bond felt by cast and crew behind the scenes.Vampire Diaries season 8 will feature 16 episodes and it set to premiere on October 21 on CW at 8 p.m. Watch the team of Vampire Diaries as they say thank you and goodbye to fans and friends of the series.