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5 times Nina Dobrev deserved an Emmy on 'The Vampire Diaries'

By this point, everyone in the galaxy has heard the news: Nina Dobrev is leaving The Vampire Diaries. We have to say we aren’t that surprised, but nonetheless—we are heartbroken. The Vampire Diaries was one of the first shows that inspired us to start blogging, and it was one of the first to show us that it’s okay to be slightly obsessed with a show to the point where you binge-watch your favorite episodes weekly until 4 a.m. (season-three marathon, anyone?)

While it’s tough to say goodbye, we want to honor some of Nina Dobrev’s best scenes from the show. After the Jane the Virgin Golden Globe win, no one can argue that the following scenes from the hit CW show aren’t Emmy-worthy. Grab your tissues and box(es) of wine—it’s about to get real.

Yes, yes, you can. Now buck up and relive some of Dobrev’s greatest The Vampire Diaries performances.

5. Elena’s character development dives to the next level, season two, episode 21, “The Sun Also Rises.” Any TVD fan knows that when a Birdy song plays in a scene, it’s time to queue the waterworks. Pair that with a funeral, and you have heart-wrenching gold. Dobrev perfectly portrayed Elena’s emotions and struggles solely within her facial expressions. She stays strong for Jeremy, knowing they’re all they have left. Then she breaks down at her parents’ grave—almost begging them for some sort of sign that things will get better. Come on, “Skinny Love”—everything will be alright.

Can we also all agree that Elena’s hair in season two was endgame?

4. Flashback scene: Katerina gives birth to Nadia, season two, episode nine, “Katerina.” The writers wrote in Katherine’s ancestry from Dobrev’s Bulgarian roots, making her performance that much more authentic as she breaks down when her baby is taken from her. Plus, any woman who convinces an audience that she really is giving birth deserves some sort of award.

3. When Dobrev fights herself in season four, episode 23, “Graduation.” Dobrev’s brilliance in this scene doesn’t need much explaining. She kicked ass in this high-action fight scene, where she battled herself (Katherine Pierce). After playing multiple characters for over five seasons, Dobrev is the queen of dual performances. Step aside, Lohan.

2. Elena hallucinates her mother in season four, episode six, “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes.” While suffering the terrible side effects of the Hunter’s Curse, Elena wanders off and hallucinates her mother, Miranda, while standing on the Wickery Bridge o’ Death. Through tears, she apologizes for what she’s become and lets her hallucination-mom talk her into killing herself. Luckily, Damon shows up to save the day, but Elena’s heartfelt speech with her mother (who had already passed away when the show began) made an impact on fans.

1. Elena Gilbert’s emotional breakdown in season four, episode 15, “Stand By Me.” This was probably the most emotional scene in the history of The Vampire Diaries. Elena spent the entire episode refusing to accept her little brother’s death, and in the end—when his body started to smell (which is really gross)—something clicked, and she went crazy. After sobbing and having her emotions turned off by Damon, she burns the house down with Jeremy inside. Not only did this scene break our hearts, but it provided us with one of the best cry GIFs of all time. Simply put, Dobrev absolutely slayed this scene.

See—we made it through without shedding a single tear! We’re totally okay with Dobrev’s departure from the show.

Dobrev may be leaving The Vampire Diaries after season six comes to an end, but her flawless portrayal of Elena Gilbert (and Katherine Pierce, and a handful of other dopplegangers) will never be forgotten by the fans. We could go on and on with endless scenes of Dobrev’s performances. But what scene made you, #TVDFamily, fall in love with her on The Vampire Diaries?

Until next time … #FangsOut


TeamTSD (Liz and Lindi)

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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