It’s been a month since the cast and crew of “The Vampire Diaries” wrapped filming, but Katerina Graham still can’t believe all that went down this season.

“It’s just been such an amazing season and so much has been going on—so much storyline and so much development of characters,” said Graham, who plays wonderful witch Bonnie Bennett in the CW hit.

And for those of you have saw last week’s “The Sun Also Rises” episode [Spoiler alert if you haven’t!], one of the toughest things to watch was the death of Jenna Gilbert, played by Sara Canning. It took almost two full seasons for Jenna to figure out that vampires, werewolves and witches were all around her. She learns the truth, is turned into a vampire and then, bam, she’s sacrificed by Klaus so he can become a vampire-werewolf hybrid.

Fans aren’t the only ones who were sad to say goodbye, Graham said.

“I think even if I said absolutely, it would be an understatement,” she said of learning Canning would be leaving. “It was really tough because she was like, the perfect student, I guess. If it was a classroom, or a high school, she was the perfect student.

“She was amazing. She is an incredible actress, and really lovely to work with, really professional.”

Graham talked more, and even teased the season finale airing at 7 p.m. Thursday on the CW.

Are you surprised by what show runners Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson are able to pack in each episode?
I am always surprised. I feel like I’m reading a film script every time I get a script. I’m like, “Really. We’re going to shoot all this in eight days?” [Laughs.] It’s amazing what “The Vampire Diaries” family can pull off.

And the never seem to hold back.
No. It’s one of those situations where [you might be saying] “I dare you to.” But they don’t even need you to dare them to do anything; they just go for it. They just write what they want to write and film what they want to film and it’s incredible.

Last week’s episode was so epic it felt like the season finale.
Yeah, it was a crazy episode. Even when I read it I was shocked. I was like, “How are they going to top this? This is not even a season finale.” It was such an epic episode. It was an episode we all had to emotionally prepare for to shoot. I think it was really well-directed and delivered by all the actors.

So many deaths, but Jenna’s was saddest. Is it sad to see Sara Canning go, if indeed she’s gone.
Oh yeah … There aren’t many of us girls out there, you know? At the beginning there were five, and then there were four, and now there are just the three of us. It’s sad. You spend years with people and you grow close to them and you form this family. And don’t forget, we shoot out in Atlanta but we’re not from there. So we kind of just have each other [out there], so it’s very difficult to see that happen. It’s very much a reality check to realize that any one of us can go at any moment and that it is a job and that our job is to do our job and go home.

Is there any way Bonnie can bring Jenna back?
You know, I’m pitching it. [Laughs.] But it is what it is. I can’t even fathom writing half the stuff that Kevin and Julie write. They’re really talented and if they do something it’s because they have a vision and it’s their art. Our job is to help express their art in the best way possible.

How can you guys top last week with the season finale?
If you saw the last episode you saw that Damon got bit by the werewolf, so everyone is trying to figure out how to save his life. Should I say life since he’s already dead, technically, since he’s a vampire? Save his undead life, yeah.

Save his afterlife?
Yeah, save his afterlife. [Laughs.] That’s what everyone is working toward. I am very excited to be out of the witchy basement. You’ll get to see me out of the basement and fierce and doing what I can. I can’t even hint to anything; it’s just an epic episode.

I saw in the preview that Bonnie’s nose is bleeding.
You know, it happens. [Laughs.]

She must be working up some big spell.
Bonnie is always working on a spell. No spoilers, but I will say that she is, in fact, doing a spell.

Let’s talk about what has happened. Last time we talked you said you were ready to get some lovin’, for Bonnie, that is.
And now I got some!

You did.
I did. Success! So I guess I should be telling you the stuff that I want to happen for next year so that it comes to fruition. You’re like my genie.

I got your back. Are you worried about Jeremy’s track record with the women he loves dying?
Yeah, but technically, I did die. I just came back to life. So it’s not like his curse didn’t happen, it totally did happen, but I just kind of weaseled my way around it. So I don’t even mind.

So what do you think makes humans better significant others than witches?
I don’t know if a lot of humans make better significant others. I look at John [Gilbert, played by David Anders] and I don’t think he was necessarily the best significant other I’d want to be with. [Laughs.] And Jeremy is. It really depends on the actual character and the individual and how they are as people. I wouldn’t say a vampire in my life would make a great significant other, but I would say that Stefan Salvatore makes a good significant other for a friend of mine.

You also said you love it when Bonnie kicks butt, and wow, has she ever in these recent episodes.
I’m just one of those girls that says, “Okaaaay!” … I’m just one of those. If it was the ’70s I’d be burning bras, you know what I mean? I’m happy. I’m just so happy that she really stood her ground. Even though in the second season Bonnie dealt with a lot of angry fans, she had happy fans. She still kind of held her own throughout in the way they wrote her. It was very much about self-assurance and I think girls, especially young girls, need to see that.

How many fans do they have blowing on you in the scenes where Bonnie gets witchy?
Oh no, that’s actually all me. I don’t use any special effects. Every time you think there’s a fan blowing, it’s just kind of what I do. [Laughs.]

In all honesty, we have an amazing crew, amazing grips. Scotty, who’s my favorite grip—the grips are kind of my favorite people on the set. They handle the wind machines and all that kind of stuff. And we have an amazing stunts department that really pulls it together, too. So I don’t want to take credit for anything. I just kind of stand there. [Laughs.]

If Bonnie does survive Season 2, what do you want to see happen with her next season?
If Bonnie survives, fingers crossed, I would love to see a relationship with her mother. I think that would be extremely solid. I think the fans want to see that. And I love all the girl friendship scenes, so lots of that. But I’d really like to see her mother, and maybe her house. [Laughs.]


That’s it. I think they’re doing such a great job. So if they can fit that in I’d be thrilled, but if not, I know they’re going to have some juicy stuff. I’m not too worried. It’ll be great.

Bonnie is kind of the one person on the show who is willing to sacrifice herself, even for the people she doesn’t like.
She’s very selfless and very compassionate. I know that there are a lot of prejudices against that whole culture with witches and wiccans. A lot of people stay away from it because I think it makes them nervous for religious reasons of whatever. I’ve gotten a lot of support for playing a good person. She’s a great person; Bonnie Bennett is a really sweet girl. It’s just who she is. I think that the prejudices people feel about that in our society are starting to fall.

You are working on your music during hiatus?
Yeah, we released “I Want It All,” the music video, yesterday. The songs on iTunes now. I’m focusing on that as much as I can right now and just having fun with it. And doing all the Gay Prides and meeting fans. Just being creative, creating art and having fun in the summer.

You should come to Chicago’s.
I loooove Chicago. That would be fun.