When the news broke earlier this week that Nina Dobrev was leaving CW’s The Vampire Diaries, many fans were left either upset or in plain shock. A lead actor leaving a series on their own freewill isn’t something that we see that often, and it usually means a series is near the end of its run. Take for instance when Steve Carell left NBC’s The Office.
Dobrev announced the news on Monday via her Instagram, saying, “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.”
See her full post below.
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
Vampire Diaries will be (without question) a different series when it returns in the fall for its seventh season, but will it still be a series that fans want to watch? Or will it be reminiscent of when Mischa Barton left The O.C., causing the next season to be cut short and cancelled?
Fans have certainly been vocal about the news on Twitter. Even today, “Elena Is The Soul Of TVD” and “Cancel TVD Season 7” were both trending.
Will Dobrev not renewing her contract mean that you won’t be watching season seven? Or will you still be tuning in? Let us know in our poll below!
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