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With one season left in The Vampire Diaries’ run, we decided it was time to start collecting everyone’s final diary entries. Every week during the final season, EW is asking those involved with the show to look back on one of their favorite moments from the series. So grab your tissues and join us on this trip down a vampire-filled memory lane.

This week, Matt Davis remembers his time as Alaric Saltzman…

When I got the offer, they sent over the pilot because I hadn’t seen it yet. I popped it in and I remember watching it for the first time and just being super impressed by the acting. I was really impressed by Paul, really impressed by Nina, really impressed by Ian. I loved the way it looked. I loved the world; I thought all the characters came together in this remarkable way. I just was really impressed with the talent. And so I’m not surprised it did well looking back on it, but I remember feeling really confident after I watched the pilot thinking, “This show’s something special.”

I’m most proud of season 3 and the overall arc for the character going to the dark side, getting possessed by Klaus, coming back, and then getting killed off. I think that was the most dynamic journey for me. That was also the height of when we were all in this intense love affair with each other and it was the most poignant season for me.

This show’s a strange experience. It is eight years and it’s also a split second in time. It just happens so quickly. All the dramas and the trials and the tribulations along the way just seem so minuscule now compared to how fast the time has passed. I think what’s kept me engaged is just the chemistry that we all share as friends and actors and the way the characters have found themselves in the world of Mystic Falls.

Vampire Diaries is my entire thirties, from 31 to 39 essentially. And it makes up half of my career so far, so it has definitely been a significant journey in my life for sure. There are no real words that will give it justice. It’s more than just a creative experience. It was more than just being on a TV show. It’s run the gambit of everything from births and deaths and marriages and divorces and friendships. It’s been this epic churning of an experience that, all in all, has been remarkable. It’s been a remarkable experience.

–As told to Samantha Highfill

The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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