'The Vampire Diaries' season 8 spoilers: Elena's presence peppered throughout final season, Nina Dobrev cameo still unconfirmed

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Nina Dobrev’s supposed comeback to “The Vampire Diaries” may not be fully ironed out yet but Mystic Falls is not necessarily devoid of Elena. In fact, she plays a huge part in the current arc involving Damon (Ian Somerhalder) as a part of his brain continues to long for her.

Sybil (Nathalie Kelley) continues to play the master puppeteer in the supernatural drama, controlling Damon and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) to do whatever she wants. Throughout it all, she is also trying to erase any trace of Elena in Damon’s mind which makes for a good platform to feature the show’s former heroine.

“We get little hints and teases of her face all through the season,” creator Julie Plec teased, on how they are planning to build up Dobrev’s much-clamored return, in a conversation with Entertainment Tonight. “Damon’s memories of her play a big part of the season, and I was just looking at a scene yesterday and being able to see her face brought back so much emotion and nostalgia and sweetness. It’s lovely to have her in the narrative in the way that she is.”

Fortunately, Bonnie (Kat Graham) and the rest of the crew are fighting hard despite her being almost killed in the last episode if not for Alaric (Matt Davis) coming just in time. And it is safe to say that the shake-up will do little to discourage them in going after Sybil and saving their friends. In fact, give the mystery that shrouds the Siren, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Alaric are tipped to delve deep into what she is made of to be able to better counter her.

In the upcoming episode titled “An Eternity of Misery,” Damon takes off for a personal mission that lands him in Texas in hopes of finding an artifact. There, he comes face-to-face with Peter Maxwell (Joel Gretsch) which leads to a surprising revelation.

Needless to say, there is still no fitting send-off to “The Vampire Diaries” including Elena getting proper closure as well. It can be remembered that the character was written out of the show in a way that she is still able to come back. Plec remains hopeful about their chances in nabbing Dobrev for a day or two of filming.

“I feel very good about it! She and I have spoken and I know that she 100 percent wants to be there and I, of course, 100 percent want her to be there, and so it just comes down to stupid things like scheduling. Honestly, let’s put it this way: I would be devastated if it weren’t to work out, so I have a feeling the cards will be in all our favor,” the TV producer revealed.

“The Vampire Diaries” season 8 airs every Friday, 8 p.m. ET on The CW.