It sounds like the finale will be the episode when we see Elena (Nina Dobrev) and her parents go over Wickery Bridge in a flashback. Zap2It spills that Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert have already been cast — but we won’t be getting a very good look at them. The local Atlanta actors will mostly be underwater and will have few lines.
So, the departed could be referring to those people Elena’s already lost… but we’re still worried that Season 4 will have a few less cast members (especially since Nina Dobrev said the finale will end tragically!).