It’s the end of an era. After 8 seasons and 170 episodes, The Vampire Diaries comes to an end tonight on The CW. What originally seemed like a TV version of the movie Twilight, turned into something with much my depth and promise. It would be easy to dismiss the show as genre show full of angst for it target audience but the show helped shape The CW and generated its own large fandom which led to its very own spinoff and worldwide success.
The show’s premise was thriving with potential promise when it premiered on September 10, 2009. The series is set in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, a town charged with supernatural history since its settlement of migrants from New England in the late 19th century. It follows the life of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), a teenage girl who has just lost both parents in a car accident, as she falls in love with an 162-year-old vampire named Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley). Their relationship becomes increasingly complicated as Stefan’s mysterious older brother Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) returns, with a plan to bring back their past lover Katherine Pierce, a vampire who looks exactly like Elena. Although Damon is initially the villain and harbors a grudge against his brother for forcing him to become a vampire, he later reconciles with Stefan and falls in love with Elena, creating a love triangle among the three. Both brothers protect Elena as they face various villains and