'The Vampire Diaries' season 8 spoilers: Paul Wesley says final season is about dealing with repercussions of their actions

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There’s still no confirmation on whether Nina Dobrev will be back to reprise her role as Elena in the last season of “The Vampire Diaries.” The long-running supernatural series officially broke through their eighth year last week with plenty of references to the sleeping heroine which show creator Julie Plec said was very deliberate.

“We set up at the end [of Season 7] that Stefan had kept up with writing in the journal to keep [Elena] up to speed with everything they’ve been going through,” Plec told TVLine, on how the show is still keeping its promise of Elena’s presence being felt despite her physical absence. “We really keep that up in the beginning of the season. Everyone has their turn telling their stories in the journal. With that, we’ve gotten to both keep Elena’s character alive, but also return to the nostalgia of Season 1 when ‘Dear diary’ was a thing.”

Unfortunately, there’s still no word on whether Dobrev will be returning, at least in a physical capacity as she did record audio for last season’s finale. Obviously, there’s also no details on how her narration will fit into the whole lore, but with Paul Wesley revealing that it is a season of putting their hang-ups to rest, it may have something to do with tying up the story more neatly.

“This season is really about … the conclusion of what evil sins must these characters pay their dues for,” the actor who plays half of the Salvatore brothers, Stefan, teased in a separate conversation with TV Line.

Inching fans closer to the hyped series finale, the next episode titled “Today Will Be Better” has Stefan hunting his wayward brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder), and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) after he finds out that they are targeting someone from his past. He taps the help of Bonnie (Kat Graham), who will try to shake Enzo from his condition and Caroline (Candice King) in his crusade as they travel to North Carolina.

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