I stopped watching The Vampire Diaries after the third season, but I couldn’t help but be interested again after hearing the news that Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert) was leaving the show after the sixth season.
Dobrev’s role in the TV series endeared her to the hearts of many of the show’s fans and was also responsible for her landing of roles in movies such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Let’s Be Cops, and this year’s The Final Girls, but the 26 year old actress claims it is time to move on to the next chapter of her life. In an instagram post addressed to fans of the show, the actress posted a letter and picture of herself with Julie Plec, the series showrunner, confirming rumours that had been going around for months about her future with the CW show.
Dearest TVD Family, I’ve just spent the most beautiful weekend on Lake Lanier in Georgia with my own TVD Family, the cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries. I want to be the first to tell you that it wasn’t just a holiday celebration, it was a goodbye party. I always knew I wanted Elena’s story to be a six season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime. I was a human, a vampire, a doppelganger, a crazy immortal, a doppelganger pretending to be human, a human pretending to be a doppelganger. I got kidnapped, killed, resurrected, tortured, cursed, body-snatched, was dead and undead, and there’s still so much more to come before the season finale in May. Elena fell in love not once, but twice, with two epic soulmates, and I myself made some of the best friends I’ll ever know and built an extended family I will love forever. There’s more to come before we wrap this up, and I promise you’ll get to hear all about my experiences over the next month as we approach the season finale (I have given an exclusive interview for the June issue of SELF Magazine that I am excited for you to see!), but until then I invite you to hop on the roller coaster ride that is Elena Gilbert’s life and join me as I celebrate her and prepare to say goodbye to her — and to my work family — as I move on to the next chapter of my life. I want to share this goodbye with all of you (this weekend’s pictures were just the beginning). You, the wonderful fandom who gave more love, support and passion than anyone could have ever imagined seven years ago, when a young Degrassi girl from Canada showed up in LA to audition for ‘that Twilight TV show.’ 😉 I love you all. Fasten your seatbelts. If you think you know what’s coming, you don’t. Love, Nina
Another series regular, Actor, Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) was recently released by the studio to work on a pilot for the ABC series, Kingmakers – which means he’ll be able to leave Vampire Diaries if the pilot takes off.
Whether or not Nina Dobrev’s departure will mark the beginning of the end for the show, only time would tell, but the writers of the show have confirmed they would not hold back in making sure fans of the show move on from Dobrev’s departure as soon as possible.
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