I have a confession to make. I’m a fan of The Vampire Diaries and it’s spinoff The Originals. I’ve only recently gotten over the fact that Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy) left the series. However I got quite a shock today to hear that Nina Dobrev who has played Elena the show’s main protagonist since the pilot, will be leaving at the end of this season.
The announcement came just mere hours after the 26-year-old posted a few photos from her lakeside adventures this past Easter weekend with her TVD family including co-creator and executive producer Julie Plec, Michael Trevino (Tyler), Zach Roerig (Matt), Kat Graham (Bonnie) Matt Davis (Alaric), Michael Malarkey (Enzo), and a few others giving all kinds of nostalgic vibes.
While these photos may have gotten fans questioning Nina’s future on the show, the actress took to her Instagram to break the news herself that Season 6 would be her last.
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
And with that I give a big WTF? There was rumours that either Nina, Ian Somerhalder (Damon) or Paul Wesley (Stefan) may have been leaving the series after there were reports that one of them was yet to sign on for the already announced season 7. Well after months of speculation, we now know it’s Nina. Won’t lie I’m a little shocked.
Now if that wasn’t a big enough shock to the system another fan favourite of the show is also leaving. Michael Trevino who plays Tyler Lockwood is also on the way out, and will no longer be a series regular.
He recently scored a role in the ABC pilot of The Kingmakers, so it was kind of expected that if the series was picked up that’s he’d have to leave TVD. So many exits in such a short time.
“Saying goodbye to Nina is both bittersweet and beautiful,” Showrunner Julie Plec said in a statement “After six-plus years together, the entire cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries has reached a level of closeness that I don’t think any of us ever expected. Nina is excited to spread her wings, get some rest, travel the world and also take it by storm, and we support her a thousand-fold. We will miss Nina and the four hundred characters she played, but we look forward to the insane and exciting challenge of continuing to tell stories of our Salvatore Brothers and our much-loved and gifted ensemble.
“Michael has been a beloved member of the Vampire Diaries family since Day 1,” Plec continued. “Even though he’s also going to be out in the world exploring new opportunities, we look forward to finding creative ways to make sure he and his character Tyler Lockwood always remain a part of the show.”
So there we have it. Epic changes to the show. While the storylines surrounding their departures from the series is unknown, all fans can do is speculate. My money is on the vampire cure that Bonnie brought back Nova Scotia. At least then it would keep the doors open for Nina to make an appearance before the series finale.
So will you watch The Vampire Diaries without Nina?
JUST BRING BACK JEREMY ALREADY!