The actress, who left the CW drama in Season 6, announced the news on Instagram, sharing a script for the March 10 final episode, entitled "I Was Feeling Epic." The title is a nod to a quote from Stefan's (Paul Wesley) late friend Lexi, who memorably uttered the line in the first season.
Dobrev starred as Elena Gilbert, along with playing a slew of doppelgangers, including Katherine, Amara and Tatia. She lent her voice in the Season 7 finale, when the Sybil (Nathalie Kelley) used Elena's voice to trick Damon (Ian Somerhalder), but she hasn't appeared onscreen since Elena's life was linked to Bonnie's (Kat Graham) and she was put in a magical coma in the Season 6 finale.
The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8/7c on the CW. The series finale will air on Match 10.