‘Vampire Diaries’: Nina Dobrev Wraps Filming, Says Goodbye

Less than a month after it was confirmed that Nina Dobrev would return for the Vampire Diaries series finale, the actress has said goodbye to the many characters that made up her time in Mystic Falls. Dobrev wrapped filming on the show’s final hour on Monday, after which she took to Instagram to bid farewell to the show that began eight years ago as the story of two brothers who fell in love with the same girl.

Dobrev, who’s no stranger to saying goodbye to the show considering she left at the end of season 6, clarified that this is her “true final goodbye.” She writes, “Coming back for the series finale has been a whirlwind of emotion, nostalgia, love, tears or joy and bittersweet endings. It feels like the beautiful closure we all needed, myself included, and I couldn’t have been happier to come home to be with my TVD set family and friends.”

She goes on to say that she’s confident fans will feel happy with the show’s conclusion before thanking them for their years of support. Read her full message — and learn what gift she gave the crew — below:

Dearest TVD family, It feels like it was just yesterday that I was saying goodbye. And yet two years have passed and here we are again. This is my true final goodbye, as today I shot my last scene of the Vampire Diaries forever. Coming back for the series finale has been a whirlwind of emotion, nostalgia, love, tears of joy and bittersweet endings. It feels like the beautiful closure we all needed, myself included, and I couldn't have been happier to come home to be with my TVD set family and friends. I feel the fans family will also be happy with the show's conclusion when they tune in to watch the last episode air in a few short weeks. From the bottom of my heart, I send you my biggest thanks for the countless years of implicit dedication, passion, support, and undying love from all the fans that have stuck with us on this truly amazing and beautiful journey. As this last chapter ends, we welcome and look forward to going on to the next adventure and hope that you continue to follow us as our new journeys begin. I grew up on this show and am eternally grateful for all the opportunities it has given me, and so thankful for each and every person who worked on The Vampire Diaries over the last 8 years. We are all pieces of a big puzzle and without every truly amazing cast and crew member, this magical puzzle would not be complete. Thank you for all your hard work, friendship and love. You have touched my heart in ways you will never know. Sending looch smooches, Love, Katherine, Amara, Tatia, and of course, Elena Gilbert. #TVDforever #FangsForTheMemories ❤ Ps. I had these custom engraved TVD #Forever keys made as crew gifts for my beloved TVD a family. @thegivingkeys is an amazing company that sells products to provide jobs. Every product you purchase supports job creation for individuals transitioning out of homelessness, impacting lives through the power of a Pay It Forward community.

A photo posted by Nina Dobrev (@ninadobrev) on Feb 6, 2017 at 2:50pm PST

The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.