[This story includes spoilers from The Vampire Diaries.]
For 9 years and eight seasons, The Vampire Diaries introduced the romance, thrill and thriller from Mystic Falls, Virginia, to the small display screen.
The present, which debuted on Sept. 10, 2009, is predicated on the e-book sequence of the identical identify by L. J. Smith. It follows the love triangle between teenager Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) and two vampire brothers, Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder). However hazard and catastrophe adopted them, dragging Elena and her pals into the supernatural world of Mystic Falls, filled with vampires, witches, werewolves and extra. The sequence additionally starred Kat Graham, Candice King, Zach Roerig, Michael Trevino, Steven R. McQueen, Matthew Davis, Michael Malarkey and Joseph Morgan.
The present, created by Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, continues to have a powerful fan base, with viewers nonetheless sharing clips and video compilations on social media years after the teenager supernatural drama got here to an finish.
Previous to the sequence finale on March 10, 2017, Plec spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about what it was like saying farewell to the beloved CW present in addition to the emotional ultimate days of filming on the Atlanta set.
“It was about as highly effective as you may think,” she stated on the time. “There have been a number of speeches, a number of hugs, a number of tears, a number of ugly cries. It was extraordinarily emotional and generally virtually debilitating, but it surely was actually lovely.”
Beneath, THR seems at what a number of the foremost forged has been as much as for the reason that present wrapped in 2017.
Nina Dobrev performed Elena Gilbert, a teen woman torn who finds herself in a chaotic love triangle with vampire brothers Stefan and Damon and in the end turns into a vampire as nicely. She additionally took on two different characters, Katherine Pierce and Amara, all through the present. The actress departed Vampire Diaries on the finish of season six however did return for an look within the sequence finale.
Since her run on The CW present, she has starred in a number of films, together with Flatliners, Then Got here You, Love Onerous and The Out-Legal guidelines. She additionally performed Clem on the 2019 sequence Fam.
Aside from performing, she additionally launched Contemporary Vine Wine in 2021 along with her pal Julianne Hough. And he or she has been romantically linked to Olympic snowboarder Shaun White since 2019.
Paul Wesley took on the position of Stefan Salvatore, the youthful, brooding vampire brother pining for Elena’s coronary heart. He additionally performed characters Silas and Tom Avery at instances all through the sequence.
After The Vampire Diaries resulted in 2017, the actor went on to star in a number of different TV exhibits, together with Inform Me a Story and Star Trek: Unusual New Worlds.
Whereas Wesley performed Ian Somerhalder’s brother in The CW present, the duo remained shut pals after it ended. Additionally they launched their very own bourbon model, Brother’s Bond, in Might 2021.
Ian Somerhalder performed Damon Salvatore, the charismatic, older vampire brother who can be in love with Elena Gilbert. He starred within the sequence all through all eight seasons.
Following The Vampire Diaries, the actor stepped away from the display screen for a number of years however returned for an additional vampire present, V-Wars, which he starred in and govt produced. Aside from performing, Somerhalder launched a bourbon model, Brother’s Bond, in Might 2021, together with his former co-star and shut pal Paul Wesley.
Somerhalder was additionally romantically linked to his co-star Nina Dobrev for 3 years earlier than they cut up in 2013. Then, in April 2015, he married Twilight star Nikki Reed, and so they share two kids togther.
Kat Graham performed Elena Gilbert and Caroline Forbes’ witchy greatest pal Bonnie Bennett on The Vampire Diaries. All through the present, her character was utilizing her powers at each alternative to guard her pals and family members.
As soon as the present got here to an finish, Graham went on to star in a number of films, together with portraying Jada Pinkett Smith within the 2017 Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me. She additionally had roles in The Vacation Calendar, Collide, Emperor, The Poison Rose, Operation Christmas Drop and Love within the Villa. She voiced April O’Neil within the animated reboot of Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
When she wasn’t performing, Graham was additionally engaged on her music profession. She launched two albums since The CW present ended – Love Music Funk Magic (2017) and Lengthy Sizzling Summer time (2022).
Candice King performed Caroline Forbes, Elena Gilbert and Bonnie Bennett’s greatest pal, who ended up getting became a vampire. She was additionally Sheriff Liz Forbes’ (Marguerite MacIntyre) daughter.
Following The Vampire Diaries, King made a number of appearances within the sequence spinoffs The Originals and Legacies. She additionally had roles in After We Collided, Christmas in Tune and Suitcase Killer: The Melanie McGuire Story.
Aside from performing, she additionally has a podcast known as A Superbloom Podcast With Candice King.
Zach Roerig took on the position of Matt Donovan, Elena Gilbert and Caroline Forbes’ ex-boyfriend. Although he by no means acquired became a vampire or different legendary creature, he remained a loyal pal to the pal group and finally turned a deputy sheriff in Mystic Falls.
Aside from The Vampire Diaries, Roerig additionally made appearances on the spinoffs The Originals and Legacies. Different initiatives he’s labored on for the reason that present ended embrace God Friended Me, The Final Full Measure, Dare Me, Serving Up the Holidays and Step Up: Excessive Water.
Michael Trevino performed Tyler Lockwood, a highschool soccer participant turned werewolf hybrid. His character was additionally Matt Donovan’s (Zach Roerig) greatest pal and one in every of Caroline Forbes’ (Candice King) love pursuits within the present.
After making a number of appearances on The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals, Trevino went on to land a starring position as Kyle Valenti in Roswell, New Mexico, for which he additionally directed an episode. He has additionally had roles in Timberwood, The Breakup Food regimen, Out of Management and Sundown Park since The CW present ended.
Steven R. McQueen
Steven R. McQueen starred as Jeremy Gilbert, Elena Gilbert’s youthful brother who turns right into a vampire hunter. His character was additionally one in every of Bonnie Bennett’s (Kat Graham) love pursuits throughout his time on the present.
Although he parted methods with the present following season six, he did return for the sequence finale in addition to made an look in a single episode of the spinoff Legacies. As soon as McQueen was completed looking vampires, he landed roles in a number of different initiatives, together with House by Spring, The Take Off, Medal of Honor and The Warrant.
Matthew Davis performed Alaric Saltzman, the brand new Mystic Falls historical past trainer who became a vampire hunter. All through the sequence, his character is an ally to the primary group, even serving as a parental guardian to Elena and Jeremy Gilbert at one level.
After The Vampire Diaries, the actor starred within the sequence spinoff Legacies in addition to made a number of appearances on The Originals. He additionally landed a lead position in Hallmark Channel’s Christmas Needs and Mistletoe Kisses. Although, earlier than he even entered the supernatural world of Mystic Falls, Davis was most recognized for taking part in Elle Woods’ (Reese Witherspoon) ex-boyfriend Warner in 2001’s Legally Blonde.
Michael Malarkey joined the sequence throughout season 5 as Lorenzo “Enzo” St. John, Damon Salvatore’s former cellmate who finally ends up turning into one in every of Bonnie Bennett’s love pursuits.
After The CW present got here to an finish, Malarkey went on to land recurring roles on a number of initiatives from The Oath, Undertaking Blue E book and Massive Sky. His different credit since Vampire Diaries embrace Jean-Claude Van Johnson, A Violent Separation, Westworld, Quantum Leap and Legislation & Order: Organized Crime.
Aside from performing, Malarkey additionally has a ardour for music. His most up-to-date albums embrace Mongrels (2017) and Graveracer (2020).
Joseph Morgan first debuted his character, Klaus Mikaelson, the unique werewolf-vampire hybrid who is sort of impulsive, in season two. Throughout the present, he was principally referred to as the antagonist with a gentle spot for Caroline Forbes.
Whereas Vampire Diaries was nonetheless filming, Morgan additionally began filming the hit spinoff The Originals, which he additionally starred in for 5 seasons. He later made an look on Legacies as nicely. After he wrapped up enjoying one of the vital highly effective supernatural creatures, he landed roles in Animal Kingdom, Courageous New World and Titans.
In 2014, he married his Vampire Diaries co-star Persia White, who performed Bonnie Bennett’s mom, Abby Bennett Wilson.