Why Did The Vampire Diaries Kill Off Jenna?

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Of all the deaths on last week's action-packed episode of The Vampire Diaries - heck, of all the deaths ever on this suspenseful series - the most tragic and personal by far was that of Jenna.

Why did producer Julie Plec and company write out Elena and Jeremy's aunt?

"The loss of life in the sacrifice ritual needed to be as deeply personal as possible in order to show how big of a move it was that Klaus is making and how profound of an impact it would have on not only Elena's life, but on everybody," Plec tells TV Guide, adding that the staff didn't decide to kill off Jenna until recently.

Her Final Moments

With Elena's birth parents and adoptive aunt out of the picture, we've been wondering what will happen to her and Jeremy. But Plec appears to have provided a spoiler by telling the magazine:

"She's going to be in her own way a parent to Jeremy and she's going to be the adult in the family and that's all going to be a part of the road that we're sending her down."

Guess there's no reason why Elena can't soon turn 18, right?

Plec also confirmed other Vampire Diaries spoilers that have hinted that this week's finale will be character-based. She says Caroline and Tyler's relationship will not be mentioned in "As I Lay Dying" and adds:

"The story we wanted to tell in our season finale is actually the emotional resolution of the season. We also want to really give the audience a window to where we're going in Season 3, a taste of what the series is going to be like as we move forward."

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.


Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.