The 26-year-old actress wrote the sweetest love note for Ian after watching the episode of The Vampire Diaries that he directed.
“@iansomerhalder you blow me away. I am beyond inspired by the person you are, but mostly I am humbled by your work ethic and desire to always push for the best in yourself and others,” Nikki wrote on Instagram.
“With distinct style and an unwavering vision you directed something you should be truly proud of. Congratulations to you!!!!!!! All of your hard work paid off. Your talent has trickled into every facet of your life, and this is only the beginning…” she added.
In “The Downward Spiral”, after shutting off her humanity following the death of her mother, Caroline (Candice Accola) gives her friends an unexpected ultimatum. Not knowing how to handle the new Caroline, Stefan’s (Paul Wesley) attempt to intervene sets off a dangerous chain of events, leaving him and Elena (Nina Dobrev) in a race against the clock.
Meanwhile, after seeking answers from Kai (Chris Wood) about the prison world, Damon’s (Somerhalder) world is turned upside when he learns some devastating news about his mother Lily (Annie Wersching).
Elsewhere, Enzo (Michael Malarkey) finds himself becoming increasingly intrigued by Sarah Salvatore (Tristan Mays), and Bonnie (Kat Graham) begins to struggle with the effects of being back in the real world.
“The Downward Spiral” airs TONIGHT, March 12th @ 8PM ET/PT on The CW.
In “Let Her Go”, After assigning tasks to each of her friends, Caroline attempts to deal with her current situation as reality begins to set in around her. While spending the day with Caroline, Elena grows concerned when she starts noticing a strange change in her behavior.
Meanwhile, Alaric (Matt Davis) becomes wary when Kai (Chris Wood), who has begun experiencing unexpected consequences from the merge, turns to Jo (Jodi Lyn O’Keefe), desperate for her help.