'The Vampire Diaries' season 8 spoilers, air date news: Final season to air on Oct. 21; will Elena still end up with Damon?

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The rumored return of Nina Dobrev in the final season of "The Vampire Diaries" airing on The CW is opening a lot of speculations whether or not her character Elena Gilbert ends up with Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder). The actress also plays the role of Katherin Pierce in the series. While it is not confirmed yet which of her two characters she will be playing, Dobrev's possible return is sure to give season 8 the thrill it requires.

Dobrev was no longer seen in season 7 of the show as her character Elena was put in a spell-induced coma. In the end of season 6, Elena chose Damon over his brother Stefan (Paul Wesley). However, several reports disclosed that Somerhalder thinks Elena's return would be unfair to her character. The actor also added that none of the Salvatore brothers deserve to end up with her mainly due to the truth that their presence in her life has only brought trouble.

"This poor young girl from this tiny town, she's lost everyone she's ever loved, she burned her house down, she's now in a box," Somerhalder told TVLine. "These guys have ruined her life, yet everybody wants her to end up with one of them," the actor added.

The premiere episode of the series titled "Hello Brother" will follow Stefan's relentless pursuit to find his missing brother. Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham) struggles with the possibility of finding Damon and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) but joins in the search nevertheless. Caroline Forbes (Canding King) and Alaric (Matt Davis) are faced with a threat that is possibly targeting their family as well. Stefan eventually realizes that whatever it is that is holding his brother may have a more terrifying grip on him than he expected.

Episode 2 of season 8 is titled "Today Will Be Different." Episode 3 is known as "You Decided I Was Worth Saving," which will show Enzo putting up a fight against the force holding them, while Damon does otherwise. Bonnie, on the other hand, is placed in a position where she has to make a decision that will greatly impact the two most important men in her life.

"The Vampire Diaries" season 8 returns on Friday, Oct.21, at 8 p.m. EDT on The CW.

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