AceShowbiz - The long-running series "The Vampire Diaries" aired its finale on Friday, March 10. Just like what executive producer Julie Plec promised, the final episode offered an "emotional experience" for both the audiences and the characters over the eight season long of love triangles, brother bonding and immortal foes.
[SPOILER ALERT!] "The Vampire Diaries" wrapped up the story with Stefan Salvatore saving the day. In the series finale, Stefan sacrificed himself in order to kill Katherine Pierce and destroy hell. After doing so, humans Damon and Elena would join him in peace, with both of them reuniting with their families.
While fans probably need time to overcome their feelings after watching the finale, the series' cast members shared their opinions and reactions to it. Nina Dobrev, who played double roles of Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce, told Entertainment Weekly, "I am satisfied with the way the show ends-the fact that Elena finds peace and becomes human, which is what she always wanted."
She added, "She gets to be with the man that she loves, which is what she always wanted. She gets to say goodbye to her former love and now best friend." Nina revealed that she cried a lot of moments, especially during Stefan and Caroline's final scenes. The actress added, "I cried at the end that Elena was writing in the diary again, when Elena basically says the same sentence that I did in the pilot eight years ago."
Meanwhile, Paul Wesley opened up that he had no idea about the death of his character, Stefan. "I had been telling them that I think Stefan should die. He's been the Ripper; he was the one who caused his brother to turn into a vampire. All the murders Damon did were all my fault really, if it comes down to the genesis of it." He went on saying, "I just felt like he's been the hero of the story to a degree and it only made sense for him to die at the end."
Paul said that the production team teased him and said that Stefan wouldn't die, so they taunted him for a couple months. He continued, "The first five acts, I was kind of like, 'Okay yeah, this is interesting,' but it didn't really hit me until the sixth act. And then the sixth act I teared up and I never really tear up when it comes to sentimental 'Vampire Diaries'-esque things. I thought how it ended was powerful."
Ian Somerhalder, who portrayed Damon Salvatore, said that the ending is not what Paul and him "always thought would get." He said that he "obviously want to pay off an audience for going on a very long journey with you," though he knew that he was "never going to satisfy an entire populous of people." He concluded his statement, "The interpretation that you leave is what you leave. This is the end of our show."
Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan) revealed that he "just really loved Stefan's sacrifice." He said, "That was a beautiful way to end it. It kind of diffused any of the feelings that were going on from all the things that have happened before, especially with Bonnie." He dubbed the finale "beautifully written."
Not only fans, Matt Davis (Alaric Saltzman) and Candice King (Caroline Forbes) were also being emotional over the final episode of "The Vampire Diaries". "I think it is incredibly fulfilling and emotional and it leaves doors open but it also brings a lot of closure," Candice said in the interview. Matt, meanwhile, said, "Anytime you have that moment where characters from the past reappear and merge, I always get emotional about that."