The Vampire Diaries’ 2009 premiere introduced fans to one of the most memorable vampire-themed series to date.
The CW show, which ran for eight seasons until 2017, took place in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia, home to mythical creatures and humans alike. In addition to tales of people becoming vampires, or finding out they have powers — which was the case with Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham) — the series brought to life one of the most memorable TV love triangles.
After teenager Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) fell for vampire Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and later his bad boy brother, Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder), fans were forced to decide which of the two heartthrobs they’d want to romance. Although Elena did choose one over the other by season 8, many of the show’s fanbase are divided between Team Stefan and Team Damon.
Offscreen, the cast — which also included Candice Accola, Michael Trevino, Joseph Morgan and many more — formed a lifelong bond, which has remained strong partially due to a group text.
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