Entity reports on the women of "The Vampire Diaries"

After eight seasons of action, drama and heartbreak, “The Vampire Diaries” is approaching its series finale.

The news that original star Nina Dobrev will be returning to play Elena in the farewell episode airing March 10 has got fans anticipating an awesome ending.

But it will be hard to say goodbye to the characters of this hit CW series, especially the women who have proven their resilience and strength through all the fiery romances and bitter betrayals.

In the midst of powerful male characters like Damon and Stefan Salvator,  ENTITY salutes the courageous and compelling women who have stood their ground and often outshine their male counterparts.

1 Caroline Forbes (Candice King)

The Vampire Diaries Candice King as Caroline Forbes

Caroline Forbes is the type of woman people need in their life. She’s a do it all and a one-woman squad who wears many hats for her friends: confidante, life coach and role model. Throughout the show, she’s remained the steady force that has fueled and led her friends through the trials they’ve endured as the magical beings of Mystic Falls. She’s always the first one to volunteer her time, attention and energy for the sake of her friends. She is the lifeline of the pack and because of her intense loyalty, she’s not afraid to make any necessary sacrifices.

Before transitioning into a vampire, Caroline was insecure, a tad neurotic and a control freak. She lived under the shadow of her best friend, Elena, and constantly tried to draw attention to herself. But after her transition – which she handled quite gracefully – she came into her own, found her footing and grew confident in her own abilities. Not to mention, she’s also very sassy and is not afraid to call you out.

Caroline is also a go-getter. Whatever task you put in front of her, she’ll not only get it done, but she’ll go above and beyond. She’s hardworking, intelligent and organized. To add onto those qualities, she is a living example of how a woman can be both feminine and hardcore. She’s nurturing, but also fierce. She doesn’t turn down an opportunity to get dressed up, but she’s also a skilled fighter.

But above all, she is the rock keeping everyone together.

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2 Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham)

The Vampire Diaries Kat Graham as Bonnie Bennett

As a descendant of the Salem Witches, Bonnie Bennett was, until recently, an incredibly powerful and skilled witch. Throughout the season, she gained the power of expression, which is a form of Dark Magic that draws energy from the dead. Other witches refuse to touch this because it expands  beyond the limitations of ancient and modern witchcraft. She also served as the Anchor to the Other Side, which is a mystical being that binds the spell that created the purgatory dead spirits resided in. In this role, Bennett endured an unceasing amount of pain and torment every time a spirit had to pass through her.

But as impressive as it may be to say that she was one of the most powerful witches, the important aspect of these powers is how they showcase Bonnie’s resilience, strength and strong will. Throughout the show, every sacrifice she’s made and pain she’s endured has been for the sake of her friends and loved ones.

Bonnie is the ultimate heroine – she is empathetic, feisty, powerful, loyal and moral. She is the show’s moral compass, striving to do what is right even when it hurts. Not only that, but she constantly serves as a beacon of hope. Even when she was trapped in the hellish prison for months with Damon Salvatore, a vampire she previously despised, she maintained her optimism and kept up the morale.

Additionally, she’s self-assured. Bonnie is confident in her own abilities, a quality that only pushes her to take more risks for her friends. And when it comes down to it, she will always do what needs to be done, even if she has to do it herself. She’s fearless, spunky and determined. She’s the one you’d call on to save your life.

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3 Sybil (Nathalie Kelley)

The Vampire Diaries Nathalie Kelley as Sybil

Sybil is a new character on TVD. She came on the show in the beginning of Season 8, introduced as the siren who is currently in control of Damon Salvator and Enzo St. John. She’s the main antagonist of the show and was originally known as “The Armory’s Monster.” As Season 8 progresses, the characters discover that she’s connected to a mystical symbol and weapon that is thought to originate from hell.

Because she’s the villain, it’s easy to dismiss Sybil as annoying and evil, especially as she continuously messes with TVD fan favorites.

But as Sybil’s character develops, audiences sees that she’s grown evil because of her circumstances. Before becoming a siren, she was forcibly taken from her home, tricked into doing vile things and desperate to cleanse her soul from the terrors she had unknowingly caused.

Even Nathalie Kelley sees the good in her character. “No one wakes up and just becomes evil overnight,” she explains to TV Guide. “The more I [learned] her backstory, the more I fell in love with her as a character. She was human at a point and then she had a lot of tragedy happen to her.”

And as a siren, you can see Sybil’s longing to be loved. She tells Bonnie that one of the reasons she doesn’t like her is because she has people who love her by choice (both Damon and Enzo would do anything for her). Sybil, on the other hand, has had to use siren powers in her relationships. In this, she presents an interesting battle – one who lacks compassion but also yearns for connection.

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4 Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev)

The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev as Elena Gilbert

Although Nina Dobrev left the show after the Season 6 finale, there has been a great deal of speculation about her return ever since. Dobrev was toying with the idea of a comeback in the series finale and she finally confirmed it to her fans through Instagram on Jan. 26.

“I know it’s Thursday, but this is not a TBT,” she wrote to caption a picture of her TVD script.

I know it’s Thursday, but this is not a TBT. #BackOnSet #TVDForever

A photo posted by Nina Dobrev (@ninadobrev) on

Her character, Elena Gilbert, has been stuck under a curse in a coffin for two seasons. Yet, her memory and influence have been present on the show. Elena is very important to the remaining characters on the show because of the kindness and loyalty she exhibited.

Her character, however, was flawed. Although her vulnerability demonstrated the importance of accepting one’s emotions, she was also often a damsel in distress. Since she never wanted to become a vampire, she grew insecure and desperate as the seasons progressed. Unlike Caroline, Elena was unable to adapt to her new lifestyle. Because of this, she let her emotions consume her. She became riddled with guilt and self-loathing.

But despite her tempestuous emotions, Elena was still always willing to do anything for her loved ones. She was compassionate, kind and understanding. She always saw the good in others, hoping in some way that she could help them see the goodness too. It will be fascinating to see how her story ends – and that of the other women too.

Through all of the trials these four women have faced, they each show a different type of strength that women exhibit. From vulnerability to complete fierceness, each woman on “The Vampire Diaries” is dynamic and worth watching. They will be missed.

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