So at SDCC 2016, it was announced that the eighth season of the hit show will be its swan song. Do I think it’s an appropriate time to end the series? Yes. Am I still saddened by the news? HELL YES. This is the end of a personal, emotional era for myself.
This show came along at a point in my life when I needed it the most. I was a depressed, anxious teenager who had been freshly bitten by the vampire bug (thank you, Twilight). Watching the premiere episode of TVD, I was immediately taken. Elena (my forever #WCW Nina Dobrev) was a normal (freakishly beautiful, but that’s beside the point) teenager dealing with a boatload of sadness. She soon meets the handsome Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and falls for him. Along the way, she meets his devilish dreamboat of a brother Damon (Ian Smolderhotter… I mean Somerhalder).
Through the next six seasons, the show chronicled her journey through adolescence, first love,and heartbreak. Oh, and Elena also had to deal with her pesky doppelganger Katherine and the turning of several of her friends into vamps (herself included) and werewolves.*SPOILER* After Elena’s death at the end of season six, I was an emotional wreck. The girl who I identified with so much (besides having two hot brothers fall for you and being a vampire and all of that shit) was gone. I needn’t have been sad, though. The seventh season was superb, bringing a fresh spin to a formula that admittedly had gotten a little stale.
Hearing the announcement of the final season actually brought tears to my eyes (they’re still there, to be honest). This show helped me through high school, graduation, my hellish experience at college and my eventual nervous breakdown. It buoyed the blow of having my heart utterly broken for the first time last year by allowing me to focus on Damon (shallow, I know) and the struggles of the citizens of Mystic Falls. Thank you, TVD, for helping one girl (and plenty of others, I’m sure) escape into a fascinating world where she could forget her own troubles. I will always hold a special place in my heart for this show, and will always love it. Thank you to everyone involved in the making of this incredible show. You inspired me, and guided me toward finding my dreams.
Here’s the touching, emotional announcement video that left me in a puddle of tears:
The final season bows on October 21, 2016 on The CW.
*Images courtesy of The CW