The Vampire Diaries Spoilers

The Vampire Diaries: David Anders Hints at John Gilbert's Series Finale Return

It sounds like Nina Dobrev isn’t the only Gilbert returning to The Vampire Diaries for its big send-off.

David Anders, who plays John Gilbert — aka Elena’s biological father, previously presumed to be her uncle — tweeted a thinly veiled confirmation of his appearance in the wee hours of Monday morning:

Anders, currently starring on The CW’s iZombie (which films in Vancouver), recurred on TVD throughout the first two seasons before his character sacrificed himself to save Elena’s life. John last popped up on TVD in Season 5 as one of Katherine’s hallucinations, shortly before her own demise.

TVLine has reached out to The CW for confirmation.

Do you think we’re reading too far into Anders’ tweet? If we’re not, what do you suspect will bring John back into the fold? Watch a video of his most memorable scene below — yes, it’s the one where Katherine lobs his fingers off — then drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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18 Comments
  1. kate says:

    Hey, maybe also hitching a ride with another Vancouver actor since I just think they might need some straight forward answers and Kai will tell the truth about some stuff.

    • Maria says:

      I think Kai is appearing in 13! He filmed already about a month or so ago. Anybody else thinking that Damon/Stefan is going to die and it’ll be a “at peace” other side moment with all these people coming back?

  2. Max says:

    Could be an appearance on The Walking Dead.

  3. reesa says:

    I`d love to see him!!

  4. Riana says:

    Can we get Steven McQueen, malese and Arielle too?

  5. Kala says:

    All eyes on Joseph Morgan

    • Dominique says:

      not mine they’re not/ i’d much rather see some other core characters return who’ve played a much bigger part in the current characters lives.

      • LMare says:

        Well personally, I think The Originals played a HUGE part in the series as a whole, especially when it comes to the current characters.

        • Karen says:

          I completely agree. Those were my favorite seasons. i’d love to see them come back for the end.

          • Bob Wood says:

            The Originals can’t come back accept in a flashback of past events, the current timeline on TVD is off now by 3 years so the Originals are in TVD timeline are still in their Coma state and won’t wake for another two years. When the Originals returns all the events on TVD would have taken place 3 years prior.

  6. lili says:

    nina used to look so good

  7. Andrew Hass says:

    I’m wondering if there might be an alternate reality sort of thing where John is alive where Elena might be dreaming.in the state she’s in.

  8. Dominique says:

    this would make me very happy! i know he’s not a very beloved character but john’s actually one of my faves, might in part be because of david anders, but still.
    i’m curious to see how he will appear!

  9. Hallie says:

    From some of the pics it seems they are doing a flash back or something to the episode in season 1 when stefan first met elena and probable back to the vampire council

  10. Ayinlar Taiwo says:

    Who saw the S08E11 promo?
    Caroline said ‘No one else has to die’. sounded wuite intense as if someone had just died.