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Despite everything he's gotten involved with, he's still trying to make decisions Elena would approve of, because she is still the light in his life, even cast in the darkness of her absence," the actor, who is also directing a few of the show's episodes, said.

Elena' return remains a huge secret even though CW bosses previously hinted at talks with the actress.

Treading in the scripted world of doppelgängers and the undead, Dobrev deftly took on the highly dramatic coming-of-age story of an innocent-at-first high school student named Elena Gilbert.

Over the years, Gilbert fell in love with not one but two members of the bloodthirsty Salvatore brood (while in real life, Dobrev dated Ian Somerhalder, who played the older Salvatore brother, Damon).

Damon and Elena were onscreen lovers in the CW supernatural series and their chemistry generated a massive fan following for the show.

But things changed on the sets after the 38-year-old actor broke up with Dobrev and started dating her friend Nikki Reed instead.

), but until then I invite you to hop on the roller coaster ride that is Elena Gilbert's life and join me as I celebrate her and prepare to say goodbye to her — and to my work family — as I move on to the next chapter of my life.

I want to share this goodbye with all of you (this weekend's pictures were just the beginning).

Nina Dobrev may have chosen to remain silent about her possible return in the final episodes of The Vampire Diaries season 8, but her former boyfriend Ian Somerhalder is optimistic about Elena Gilbert and Damon Salvatore's eternal love story.

In an interview with TV Line, the actor weighed in on Elena's influence on Damon's life as the series is reaching its end. But I do know one thing: Elena never really left," Somerhalder said.

Now that Damon is a slave to Sybil and has switched off his humanity, Sybil keeps on reminding him of his lost love by showing him Elena's possessions.

However, this also brings hope that the Salvatore vampire's ladylove could awake in the final episodes and reunite with her beau."She's always ever-present, and she plays a great deal into Damon's morality, his understanding of who he is — especially in these last episodes.

The x Xx: Return of Xander Cage actress later decided to quit the show, but due to her immense popularity, the show's creator Julie Plec decided to put her in deep sleep, instead of killing off her character.