The Vampire Diaries Casts Elena's Parents

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The Vampire Diaries is preparing another flashback-filled episode, but we won't be traveling to past centuries this time.

The May 10 season finale will take us back only few years, introducing us to Elena Gilbert's never-before-seen parents.

"One of the things we want to do in the finale is explore a time for Elena when life was simpler," executive producer Julie Plec tells TV Guide, which first reported the casting news and posted the image below.

"Elena had parents and no vampires in her life."

As reported earlier, Sara Canning reprises her role as Elena's aunt Jenna in the episode, which includes some happy scenes, but also the accident in which the family car veered off a bridge, killing Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert.

Elena's parents will be played by Jason MacDonald and Erin Beute:

Elena Gilbert, Parents

Nina Dobrev, who attained scuba diving certification in Bora Bora before shooting scenes 12 feet underwater in Atlanta for this episode, states the obvious when she says it was "quite intense and a little scary."

"I'm used to being underwater with a tank, but having to act without the tank is completely different. We were in the water two days for eight hours a day. By the end, I was exhausted and slept like a baby. That's something I hopefully will never have to experience in real life ... trying to survive underwater while trying to save other people."

Of course, as we know, someone was there to save Elena from the fate of her parents - or at least the people she thought were her parents before the secrets of John and Isobel were revealed.

Reminds Plec, "Elena almost died with them but Stefan saved her."

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It's cool to see how Elena spends time underwater with her adopted parents. This flashback will turn out to be pretty interesting by the season finale arrival. =)


Elena's father is played by JASON MacDonald, not JAMES


Good to see that I'm not the only noticing that the parents here are not the same parents on the pictures in Elena's bedroom.


This people aren't exactly the same with those in the picture,i thought i was the only one who noticed the difference.


@Salvatore and Emily, it can be a possibility however I think it might not work right now because it kind of reminds me of what we have already seen this season with Klaus's mom and step father...just a slightly different twist. Plus there weren't really any good hints or stories about Stefan's and Damon's mother, so it would be kind of out of place if suddenly it was revealed that their mom is alive and a vampire. But maybe we'll get to that story some time in the future. As for this upcoming finale with Elena's parents, I think the reason as to why they were supposed to die and she was able to stay alive will be the cliffhanger for the next season.


@salvator, yes i totally agree! ive been saying that for ages , that stefan and damons mom is still alive and is a vampire because their dad hated them so much, and in the book she died giving birth to stefan...but it doesn't follow the books, so they have obviously left her character open, because they never explained it. plus in one episode katherine was like (in a flashback seen) 'there are more, vampires still around in mystic falls, Damon" I think that could be a major factor for season 4, and maybe katherine turned damon and stefan mother. so yeh....


Ohhhhhhh, rrrrrright, they're vampire hunters! They don't look very ... "imma kill shit" to me.
And YES to @Salvatore's idea.


I reckon for season 4 stefan and Damon learn that their mother is alive and is a vampire which is the reason why their father resents vampires so much


Does this mean we'll finally learn someone from the vampire clan is "responsible" for this accident and it will be Season 4's story arc? Like maybe Stefan caused the accident not on purpose, then they went through the "I can't be with you, I kill your parents." shit.


Totally agree if you dont like the show don't watch it, maybe you can spend your time complaining about a show you watch and not TVD.

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