First Look at Elena (Nina Dobrev) with her parents Grayson (Jason MacDonald) and Miranda Gilbert (Erin Beute)
Exec producer Julie Plec has said writing the May 10 season finale, ''The Departed,'' was an emotional experience. ''We do flashback to a time when Elena's parents were still alive and when she was a cheerleader dating Matt, the football player, and before Bonnie knew she was a witch and thought she was just uncannily psychically able to predict fashion trends,'' Plec told EW. ''It's just a really poignant, sweet and bittersweet reflection back to a time when life was so much simpler for all of our humans and former humans. I hope it turns out as well as we want it to because it's a really special episode.''