‘The Vampire Diaries’: Most shocking moments of all time for Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder & more

Vampires have long been a part of pop culture, even before the current television craze took off. A likely draw is their immortality, which allows them to live at the same youthful age forever. The latest example of the vampire genre, “The Vampire Diaries,” was an instant hit when it debuted in 2009 and even produced a hit spinoff, “The Originals.” But at its core it is a young adult soap. And when you add in the supernatural element you get a show where the cast can die, come back to life, and die again the next season! “The Vampire Diaries” airs its series finale on March 10, 2017, so please enjoy our gallery above highlighting the most shocking moments in the show’s history.

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“The Vampire Diaries” was based on the popular YA book series of the same name by L.J. Smith, and at its beginning was the story of a high-school student and cheerleader, Elena (Nina Dobrev), who is torn between two brothers: the tortured, sensitive Stefan (Paul Wesley) and the bad boy with a good heart Damon (Ian Somerhalder).

The show debuted in the fall of 2009 at the height of the vampire craze, right on the heels of the “Twilight” saga and the more adult-themed HBO series “True Blood” in 2008. The “Twilight” saga’s last film, “Breaking Dawn Part 2,” premiered in 2012 and “True Blood” finished its seven-season run in 2014. So as fans prepare for “The Vampire Diaries” to air its final episode on Friday, it may temporarily put a stake through the heart of the vampire romance craze.

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While “The Vampire Diaries” was popular with its young fan base it never received a Emmy, Golden Globe or SAG Award nomination. However, it did receive 13 People’s Choice nominations from 2010-2017. And the show won three: Favorite TV Drama (2010), Favorite On-Screen Chemistry (2014) and Favorite TV Duo (2015) for Dobrev and Somerhalder.

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