By Stephanie Pettway
After 171 episodes over eight seasons, The CW aired the series finale of its American supernatural drama, “The Vampire Diaries,” on Friday, March 10.
Created by Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson in 2009, the show is based on the book series by L. J. Smith that goes by the same name.
It’s set in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Va. and follows the story of a teenage girl by the name of Elena Gilbert, played by Nina Dobrev, and her relationship between two vampire brothers, Damon and Stefan Salvatore, played by Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley.
“I loved the show since the beginning. I was never into shows that had vampires or werewolves in it until I watched this show,” said sophomore Julliana Tapia. “Once I saw the first episode I was hooked.”
In season six, Dobrev departed from the show, leaving some fans heartbroken and questioning how the show would go on without the leading character.
“I was very surprised, shocked even, to hear that Nina was leaving. I loved her character and her acting in the show was amazing,” said Tapia. “But this made me wonder if the show was even going to continue without her. I really couldn’t imagine it at the time.”
After Dobrev left, the show continued for two more seasons. The series finale received good reviews and left fans satisfied because it wrapped everything up by concluding loose ends and ended with a simple idea.
In an article from The A.V. Club, critic Carrie Raisler gave her input on the conclusion of the show.
“What the characters did with the rest of their lives was quickly overshadowed by the show’s final idea, the idea that [the]most important thing in this universe is to be reunited with those you love at the end once you die,” said Raisler. “To live the best life you can and then find peace with them, forever.”
For students who didn’t watch the show but heard about its conclusion were left curious.
“I never watched the show, but I heard of it. One of my friends was texting me and was freaking out about the finale and I didn’t understand her pain,” said sophomore Tram Nguyen. “The next day I looked up the show and tried to understand what all the fuss was about.”
The first seven seasons of “The Vampire Diaries” are available to stream on Netflix.
“After reading about the finale, it had me interested. Makes me wish I had watched it when it was on,” said Nguyen. “I might binge watch it on Netflix now.”
One of the final scenes left fans hoping for a possible spin-off show between Caroline Forbes and Klaus Mikaelson, played by Candice King and Joseph Morgan.
“Klaus and Caroline had a lot of chemistry, I would love to see a spin-off with them as the main characters,” said Tapia. “Plus, my love for the series can continue.”
The series finale brought back characters who’ve been on the show throughout the past eight seasons, including Dobrev.
“I was so upset to see [‘The Vampire Diaries’] go. I loved every single character on that show. They changed so much, and it was great to see them grow from season to season,” said Tapia. “I almost shed a tear at the end of the episode.”