Recently, CW President, Mark Pedowitz addressed the idea of Nina Dobrev returning to The Vampire Diaries:
“We would have loved Nina to stay,” CW president Mike Pedowitz told reporters at a Television Critics Association panel on Tuesday. “She did a great job for the six years she was on the show. She is welcome back any time she wants to come back.”
So, what if Nina did come back as Elena? It would mean Bonnie would have to die or that somehow the spell that put Elena into her deep sleep would be broken–and we all know the writers like to find ways to undue what supposedly cannot be undone. But then what? Would she return as the Elena we knew and loved in the first three seasons or would she be post-sire-bond-vampire Elena who only seemed to care about one thing in life: Damon?
The last thing I’d want to see would be more Delena–we’ve all done enough upchucking with that particular pairing, and Elena had become a shell of her former self on the last few seasons of the show. But there are four ways in which I’d love to see Nina return:
– If she came back as Katherine. I’ve never been okay with the way Katherine was supposedly sucked into hell, as male characters 100x as evil sauntered off or traipsed on over to The Other Side without so much as a second thought. While Katherine was the cause of angst for Stefan and Damon and put a kink in their brotherly relationship, she was never as polarizing as Elena. She could be good and bad, could love and hate, could kill but also spare a life, offer comic relief while also giving us high drama.
– If TVD got new showrunners. I truly believe that Julie Plec and Caroline Dries have lived out their own personal fantasies in how they wrote Elena and Damon’s relationship. They turned Elena into a girl completely obsessed with a man, a girl who could not live without him, who would sell her own soul just to see him again. They call this epic love. I call it sickness. If Nina were to reprise her role as Elena, we’d need new showrunners to get back to her core character, to actually make her struggle with her feelings for Stefan, not be able to throw him overboard like he never mattered at all in her life. What ever happened to Elena’s dream of becoming a writer? Of her ability to be on her own? Of putting friends before a guy? I’d love to see that Elena again, but the producer/writer overhaul it would take would likely never happen.
– If she came back as a new character. Yes, the doppelganger thing has been done to death. We’ve had Amara, Katherine and Elena, and it would be a stretch to add another, but what if we could get someone who embodied all of the great attributes Elena had without all the hysterical, weepy love-sickness Elena displayed post sire-bond? We know Paul and Nina have always had amazing chemistry, so maybe this option wouldn’t be as far a stretch as we’d imagine!
– If her deep sleep gave her time to think. Sometimes a decent night’s sleep is all you need to see things more clearly. And considering that it will have been years since Elena fell into her coma-like state once S7 returns, it would perhaps be enough time to fully erase her sire-bond, to realize there are more things to life than wanting to meld with a very damaged, 150+-year-old, tantrum-throwing, alcoholic vampire, and basically to get back to her old self.
While we can dream up all sorts of scenarios, it’s somewhat doubtful at the end of the day that Nina will make her way back for anything more than a guest spot or perhaps a role in the series finale. Even though Mark Pedowitz would welcome Nina back, he’s sure to say:
“They started last year – going into this coming season – focusing on [Ian Somerhalder‘s] Damon and [Paul Wesley‘s] Stefan. As you know, we’ve had great success doing shows about brothers,” Pedowitz said, alluding to The CW’s hit series Supernatural. “[And] Kat Graham and Candice Accola‘s characters are stepping up in ways that we are very happy with.”
So, maybe if the show kind of has this rebirth focusing on the brother’s relationship and putting other female characters more in the lead… and it does well, would there even be room for Nina to come back? What do you guys think? Have you gotten over your Stelena non-endgame sadness or do you still hold out hope? Would you like to see Nina return?
Quotes are from People.