This life will be good and beautiful but not without heartbreak. In death comes peace, but pain is the cost of living. Like love, it’s how we know we’re alive. — Elena

Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson co-wrote a beautiful finale to conclude their exceptional series “The Vampire Diaries” after eight seasons. The CW drama stood the test of time and stayed true to its themes of love and loss. Fans were rewarded with an epic, emotional ending. Pretty much perfect.

Williamson told EW:

A finale should be about saying goodbye, but it should also be about saying thank you to the audience who has stuck by you through eight seasons. And the way to say thank you is to fill it full of memories because when people look back on the show, I want them to remember it fondly and smile.

Plec told Variety that the writers drew inspiration from three series finales — “Friday Night Lights,” “Six Feet Under,” and “Lost.”

Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev, more react to the series finale — EW