Nina Dobrev's exit from The Vampire Diaries was certainly bittersweet. Elena may not be gone for good, but we're still a little heartbroken over her absence. She was always the heart of the show after all. Even though the series has taken a new course this season, it goes without saying Elena really came a long way. She started off as an innocent Mystic Falls high schooler, and over time, she's became a bloodsucking force to be reckoned with. In honor of Dobrev's birthday, take a look at how her character changed over the seasons, going from damsel in distress to a fierce vampire to a confident young woman.
Elena's Vampire Diaries Evolution Will Always Be Epic and Badass
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