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Vampire Diaries Boss Previews Elena's 'Very Strong Presence' in Final Season

The Vampire Diaries will not be lacking in Vitamin E(lena) when it kicks off its final season this Friday (The CW, 8/7c).

Though the object of Damon’s affection is still catching up on her beauty sleep at the top of Season 8, executive producer Julie Plec promises that Nina Dobrev‘s character “has a very strong presence this season, in the entire season, similarly to how she did last year.”

“We set up at the end [of Season 7] that Stefan had kept up with writing in the journal to keep [Elena] up to speed with everything they’ve been going through,” Plec reminds TVLine. “We really keep that up in the beginning of the season. Everyone has their turn telling their stories in the journal. With that, we’ve gotten to both keep Elena’s character alive, but also return to the nostalgia of Season 1 when ‘Dear diary’ was a thing.”

Plec describes Season 8 as a “year of finallys,” explaining that, “because it’s the last season, we get to deliver on all the things we’ve been keeping a nice Santa’s wish list of.”

One of those “finallys,” of course, is the long-awaited return of Dobrev, who hasn’t been seen in new footage since May 2015. (Dobrev did record new audio for the Season 7 finale, but that’s as close as we’ve gotten.)

On that front, there’s no news to report since CW president Mark Pedowitz confirmed in August that Dobrev was in “discussions” to return for Season 8.

What are you hoping to see in The Vampire Diaries‘ final season? Drop your own “Santa’s wish list” in a commet below.