Get Your First Look at Nina Dobrev’s ‘Vampire Diaries’ Finale Return
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Get Your First Look at Nina Dobrev’s ‘Vampire Diaries’ Finale Return

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We all know Nina Dobrev will be back for the Friday, March 10, Vampire Diaries series finale, but one photo just made the much-needed news all the more real.

The first snap of Elena Gilbert awake and in the flesh is finally here!

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A freshly-released CW snapshot shows Nina’s character alert, full of life, and in the same outfit she was wearing when Kai cast a sleeping spell on her in the Season 6 finale.

Still, Elena does seem deeply confused about her whereabouts.

If this photo doesn’t prove the brunette is bewildered by her (extremely early) return to consciousness, the newest finale teaser trailer does.

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Of course, the sneak peek video is all about Elena.

In the clip, we see the former cheerleader staring at a trophy case in what definitely looks like Mystic Falls High.

“What happened?” she asks in voiceover. “Why am I here right now?”

Reports from the TVD finale set gives us a few hints about what the answer to that question will be.

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“It was a very emotional few days on set,” Entertainment Weekly’s Samantha Highfill says after visiting the finale set. “The first day I was there was a funeral.”

Considering how Elena’s magically-induced slumber works — she sleeps until BFF Bonnie Bennett's life ends — does that mean Kat Graham’s alter ego needs to watch her back?

It’s certainly possible Bonnie’s life is at stake. “It’s a big death … Fans are really going to be impacted,” EW reports.

However, one photo proves Elena’s pal may be safe until the very last TVD episode, “I Was Feeling Epic.”

Bonnie and Caroline Forbes both appear in another released photo of the Vampire Diaries finale, which you can see here.  

The pair’s off-the-charts level of surprise hints they’re reacting to Elena's return.

What do you think brings Elena back from the other side? Drop your theories in the comments section now!

The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

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