It follows the life of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), a teenage girl who has just lost both parents in a car accident, as she falls in love with a 162-year-old vampire named Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley).
Their relationship becomes increasingly complicated as Stefan's mysterious older brother Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) returns, with a plan to bring back their past lover Katherine Pierce, a vampire who looks exactly like Elena.
They guard the town mainly from vampires, although there are many more supernatural threats such as werewolves, witches, hybrids, ghosts and many more.
On April 6, 2015, lead actress Nina Dobrev confirmed via Instagram that she and co-star Michael Trevino (who plays Tyler Lockwood) would be leaving the show after its sixth season.Allowitz • David Von Ancken • Lance Anderson • Carol Banker • David Barrett • Charles Beeson • John Behring • Rick Bota • Kevin Bray • Joshua Butler • Deb Chow • Kellie Cyrus • John Dahl • Ernest R.Dickerson • Guy Ferland • Liz Friedlander • Darren Genet • Rashaad Ernesto Green • Chris Grismer • Tanya Hamilton • Rob Hardy • Ralph Hemecker • Jeffrey Hunt • David Jackson • Michael Karasick • Michael Katleman • Leslie Libman • Darnell Martin • Patrick Norris • Julie Plec • Geoff Shotz • Marcos Siega • Dennis Smith • Tony Solomons • Ian Somerhalder • Paul M. The series premiered on The CW on September 10, 2009, and concluded on March 10, 2017, airing 171 episodes over eight seasons.The show has received numerous award nominations, winning four People's Choice Award and many Teen Choice Awards.Finch • Nina Fiore • Chad Fiveash • Celine Geiger • John Herrera • Bryan M.Holdman • Barbie Kligman • Andrew Kreisberg • Melissa Marlette • Brett Matthews • Alan Mc Elroy • Turi Meyer • Daphne Miles • José Molina • Michael Narducci • Bryan Oh • Julie Plec • Sonny Postiglione • Sean Reycraft • Neil Reynolds • Al Septien • Rebecca Sonnenshine • Gabrielle Stanton • James Stoteraux • Melinda Hsu Taylor • Shukree Hassan Tilghman • Jen Vestuto • Nick Wauters • Kevin Williamson • Brian Young Directors: Elizabeth Allen • Michael A.Paul Thomas Wasilewski was born July 23, 1982 in New Brunswick, New Jersey to Polish immigrants Thomas and Agnieszka Wasilewski. Growing up in Marlboro, New Jersey (rated among the safest and best places to live in the US), Paul's passion was playing hockey until he was about 14 years old and was pushed into performing.Paul became interested in acting when enrolled in a summer arts program in third grade.He transferred from Marlboro High School to Lakewood Prep School in Howell, New Jersey because the school was able to accommodate his acting schedule.He graduated from there in 2000 and then started college at Rutgers University but left after one semester with his parents' support when more roles were offered to him and he realized he could make a career out of acting.