While many fans of the long-running CW drama are hoping for a romantic reunion between Damon and Elena in the show’s upcoming final season (Oct. 21, 8/7c), Somerhalder isn’t necessarily married to that ideal.
“This poor young girl from this tiny town … she lost everyone she’s ever loved, she burned her house down, she’s now in a box,” Somerhalder tells TVLine. “These guys have ruined her life, yet everybody wants her to end up with one of them.”
(For the record, Nina Dobrev’s return has not been confirmed. The last official update, shared by CW president Mark Pedowitz in August, was that “there are discussions going on with Nina.”)
And what of Stefan, you ask? Somerhalder, who remains firmly on #TeamHuman, also has big plans for his on-screen brother.
We’ll have more interviews with the Vampire Diaries cast as the Season 8 premiere approaches. For now, hit PLAY on the video above to hear Somerhalder’s full plan for the series’ end, then drop a comment with your own below.