Exclusive First Look: Aunt Jenna Makes Her Return to Vampire Diaries

Elena could probably use some adult guidance these days on The Vampire Diaries, so what better time for a visit from Aunt Jenna? We’ve got your exclusive first look at the fan favorite’s return in the Season 3 finale (airing May 10 at 9/8c on The CW.)

But if you recall, Elena’s former guardian is dead — RIP — so her portrayer Sara Canning will appear in flashbacks as “Elena, going through a particularly rough time, reflects back on a [period] in her life when things were much more simple,” describes executive producer Julie Plec. That means we’ll also see the young Gilbert bonding with her mom, Miranda (guest star Erin Beute, center), in the episode.

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Check out the preview below and then hit the comments with your thoughts on the family reunion.

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  1. Z. says:

    I knew we hadn’t seen the last of Jenna. Love that she is coming back, even if it is just flashbacks!

  2. Aaron says:

    BLAH BLAH BLAH..I wish someone would pour gasoline on all of them and light a match.

    • TV fan says:

      This show is deeply disappointing, a last minute flashback of characters that shouldn’thave been killed isn’t going to change that

      • Tarc says:

        I guess I never understand when people complain about stand storytelling techniques.

      • Snuggies says:

        if it is so disappointing.. why are you reading the spoilers of the same show you’re complaining about??

      • Carolyn says:

        Can we please remember that Jenna is just a side character and though much loved, isn’t a core part of the show…

      • Carolyn says:

        And one more thing… I can’t imagine they’d be flashing back without a reason. There’s a reason that will relate to the rest of the show…. that’s why we’re going back.

    • Carolyn says:

      There’s no need to be rude! It’s just a tv show. If you don’t like it, then don’t watch it and don’t comment on it!

  3. A says:

    I’m glad they’re bring back Jenna in a flashback and not as some ghost for the sake of ships. I was really disappointed that they brought back Rose just so she could pimp Delena and lightly diss Stelena, especially since Rose didn’t know a thing about Stefan and Elena’s relationship. That whole moment was so contrived. If they can bring back Jenna in a way that actually makes sense and contribute to Elena as a singular character (and not Elena-in-a-relationship) and her journey, then bring it on.

    • The moment was odd, but not completely out of the blue. Rose did know that Damon liked Elena, and since she liked Damon, it’s natural to want him to be happy.

      • Ari says:

        Agreed. Damon made Rose’s last day on earth beautiful. I think she’d be on his side. I didn’t see it as some kind of stunt, it was important to the story. She sired Katherine who sired the Salvatores. They need to find out which Original bloodline they belong to. How else are they going to get there?

    • Kristen says:

      Not true. Rose was alive when Stefan and Elena were together and was around them and then watched over both couples and all 3 people after her death early season 2. She made her statements because she sees what everyone can’t. She liked Stefan too, it wasn’t a diss, but it was about a character in the show finally addressing the good of DE.

      • dude says:

        But it was contrived. One Tree Hill use to do the same thing to sway Brooke/Lucas fans to Peyton/Lucas by having Brooke say things like “you guys are meant to be together, that’s the way it’s suppose ot be.” It doesn’t feel natural, it feels like we’re being told how to feel and if a couple is truly epic, they shouldn’t need the writers telling the audience they’re epic.

      • Nicole says:

        I agree, Rose sees what everyone else can’t. On last night episode Caroline told Elena that Stefan is her “epic love” and they are “meant to be”. The difference between Rose and Caroline’s statements are that Rose sees the good and bad in each Stefan and Damon and Caroline only sees the good in Stefan and bad in Damon. All the characters in the show don’t even try to see the good in Damon. Only Elena does and even though she gets mad at him at times she ultimately sees the real Damon and that is what I love about Damon and Elena.

        I do believe Elena will choose Stefan though, all the signs are there. Its very disappointing that Delena won’t even get a chance.

    • Tarc says:

      It seems to be that shipping one couple is pretty deleterious to enjoying the show, and its’ pretty goofy. Personally, I couldn’t care less who Elena is sleeping with (or googling eyes at); they’re all just characters to play with in executing the storyline. If I had to vote, I’d make Elena a vampire, and carry on long term with both brothers (simultaneously). Of course, that would cut into the drama…

  4. katy917 says:

    So glad to see Jenna back, she was one of my faves, I was so shocked when they killed her off! Sara Canning was grossly underused on the show!

  5. is it me or is elena dress more sexier here and she can cook

  6. sarah says:

    Looking forward to this!

  7. wordsmith says:

    I like that we get to see Jenna again, but I’m not sure I’m a fan of the whole “flashback to simpler times” plot device. It seems like something that’s more fun for the writers and cast than it will be for us. Hopefully they’ll prove me wrong.

  8. Josh says:

    Wait they remember Jenna? I thought with all Klaus love the show tries to force that they’d try to make people forget about the main character he killed.

    • Garnet_and_Gold47 says:

      Agreed! I feel like they are trying to save Klaus, but he killed Aunt Jenna. :( I’m so glad that they are bringing her back though.

    • Carolyn says:

      She wasn’t exactly a main character Josh. More a secondary character, like the Major and Sherrif. She always hung about on the fringes [most of the time]. And the show isn’t about Jenna, it’s about the 3 leads, Damon, Stefan and Elena.

  9. David says:

    Jenna! We love/miss you!!! Best wishes Sarah!

  10. shan says:

    I miss Jenna more than any other character that we’ve lost in 3 seasons…glad we’re seeing her again at all.

  11. Kristen says:

    So happy to see Aunt Jenna back, still miss her… :(

  12. Jennifer Cochran says:

    I will be glad to see Jenna back, but not as one of the Undead. Since the nfirst episode I have wanted to see Damon and Elena together. I like Stefan but you can see the chemistry between D&E. Hopefully Jenna can help Elena see that even if it only lasts a short time.

  13. Vannesa says:

    Totally elated that Aunt Jenna is coming back. I hope they find a way for Sara Canning to come back to the show. :D Can’t wait to see this episode. :D

  14. Klaroline says:


  15. Amanda says:

    ok the person commenting about the gasoline is insane! love the show no matter what happens, its good writing, shippers are weird! Love flashbacks, it shows us the story of why things are the way they are today! And agree with “..if you dont like it, dont watch it”!

  16. Noel says:

    Aunt Jenna was a “fan favourite”? In what universe have I been living? Everyone I know who loves the show was more than excited to see her go, self included. I don’t mind the flashback, but if there’s one thing I love about TVD, it’s its ability to find ways to make boring characters interesting (e.g. Jeremy) or, if that’s not possible, get rid of them instead of allowing them to drag the show down (e.g. Jenna).

  17. Grace a dieu one of the elderly & sexy character is back .But it is to mysterious…

  18. GRACE A DIEU an elderly & sexy character is back. But its too mysterious…

    • Carolyn says:

      Masood… “elderly” really? Jenna is probably only in her late 20’s/maybe early 30’s if that. Elderly is a term used for those in their 70’s+ *grins*