When The Vampire Diaries television show first began, viewers immediately learned that Elena and Jeremy Gilbert had lost their parents to a fatal car crash on Wickery Bridge. Although Elena’s mom and dad have been referenced numerous times throughout TVD seasons 1, 2, and 3, they have not appeared in any form or fashion on the show itself (not even in episode 3.07 — “Ghost World” — or in flashbacks). However that’s all about to change because fans of the riveting supernatural series will finally get to meet Elena’s wonderful, adoptive mom and dad – Miranda and Grayson Gilbert — on the The Vampire Diaries season 3, episode 22!
The roles of Grayson and Miranda are being played by actors James MacDonald and Erin Beute respectively, and the duo will appear in flashback scenes in the highly anticipated finale, eerily titled “The Departed.” May 2012 is a long way off though so the show’s creators and runners have issued a first look at Elena’s pre-Salvatore years via a picture of the beautiful doppelganger posing happily alongside her beloved parents. And, honestly, it’s so heartbreaking to look at the family pic and already know what terrors the future holds for them.
Judging by the fact that a casting notice had gone out a few weeks ago specifically requesting actors with scuba diving abilities, it’s safe to assume that viewers will witness the tragic event that changed the course of Elena’s seemingly perfect and normal life. Luckily, Nina Dobrev received her scuba diving certification during her holiday break way before the show requested it, and talked about her experience shooting the gut-wrenching underwater scene, “It’s something I hopefully will never have to experience in real life – trying to survive underwater while trying to save other people,” she said. “It was quite intense and a little scary.”
Are you excited to meet Miranda and Grayson Gilbert and find out more about Elena’s life before it was filled to the brim with vampires and hybrids and life-or-death road trips? Leave your feedback about the first look at The Vampire Diaries Season 3 finale in the comments!