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Here’s To You Bonnie Bennett

"Growing Pains"--Kat Graham as Bonnie on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES on The CW. Photo: Bob Mahoney/The CW ©2012 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved.

Last night The Vampire Diaries came to an end after eight seasons. In saying farewell to the gang from Mystic Falls, it seemed only right to take this opportunity and give the spotlight to the series’ most valuable player.

You guessed it, Bonnie Bennett, played flawlessly by the beautiful and immensely talented Kat Graham.

To Bonnie Bennett,

For saving Mystic Falls (usually singlehandedly) for eight seasons, we thank you.

For repeatedly making the ultimate sacrifices, we thank you.

For being the moral compass and helping redeem the likes of Caroline, Damian, Enzo and so many others, we thank you.

For selflessly putting everyone else’s wellbeing above your own, time and time and time and time again, we thank you.

For giving black and brown kids a heroine in the world of urban fantasy/YA fiction, we thank you.

For constantly having to resolve the fusterclucks created by the other residents of Mystic Falls, we thank you.

For vanquishing the evil that is Katerina Petrova once and for all, we thank you.

For destroying Hell and saving the world, we thank you.

For personifying, epitomizing and redefining Black Girl Magic, we thank you.

For all these reasons and countless more, here’s to you Bonnie Bennett, and thank you.

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