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‘Vampire Diaries’ Series Finale Promo Teases Nina Dobrev’s Return (Video)

Elena Gilbert wakes up confused in first footage from last episode of CW drama

Elena Gilbert is back and she’s a little confused, in the first promo released for the series finale of “The Vampire Diaries.”

In the clip (above), Elena (Nina Dobrev) can be heard asking, “What happened? Why am I here right now?”

It’s a reasonable question, considering last we saw her she had willingly put herself in a decades-long sleep in order for Bonnie (Kat Graham) to live out her life.

The footage, which also briefly glimpses Elena back at her old high school, followed confirmation that Dobrev, who left the show in Season 6, would return for the last episode.

The former leading lady of The CW’s vampire drama had been rumored to return for several months, though there was always a question if it would really happen.

The series finale episode is titled “I Was Feeling Epic” and was written by the show’s original co-creators and showrunners, Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson.

“I’m thrilled to bring this show to an end the way we always intended – with Nina back to help us say goodbye,” Plec said in a statement, with Williamson adding, “I’m so excited to have Nina back to ensure our farewell episode is truly epic!”

Dobrev, who played Elena Gilbert, the main character on “The Vampire Diaries,” since Season 1, left at the end of Season 6. “I always knew I wanted Elena’s story to be a six-season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime,” she said at the time.

The show lasted two more seasons without its leading lady, and will come to an end with the Season 8 finale, set to air Friday, March 10 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.