Elena has been struggling to live a normal life ever since her adoptive parents, Miranda and Grayson Gilbert, died in a car accident when she was seventeen years old.
Elena's last words: To Stefan: I guess what I’m trying to say is you knew me better than anyone. Which is why you already know how impossible it is for me to find the words to say goodbye. Vampires in rare cases form a sire bond to the one who turned them, based on how strong their human feelings were before transitioning.
Thank you for bumping into me that day in the hallway. After a brief time, she was finally able to regain her humanity after a surprising plan was carried out by Damon and Matt.
In the process, Elena discovers a shocking truth - she was adopted, and her real parents are John Gilbert, her "uncle", and Isobel Flemming, Alaric's wife.
Which is why I can’t wait to find out what new life you’ve chosen for yourself in 60 years or 70 years or whenever I see you again. Because of this, an Original Vampire, Klaus, wants to use her in a sacrifice to break an ancient curse. In season two, Elena learns that she is Katherine’s Doppelgänger, which explains their identical appearance.