Vampire Diaries: Nina Dobrev Announces her Departure

April 7, 2015

Um, what??? Yesterday on Instagram, Nina Dobrev posted a photo of herself and executive producer, Julie Plec, confirming her departure from her six year run on Vampire Diaries.

According to Entertainment Weekly, some of the cast and crew had been posting pictures with the hashtag #WeWillMissYouNina, which prompted fans to wonder whether she was really leaving the show or not. In her own words, Nina writes this on her instagram:













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
A photo posted by Nina Dobrev (@ninadobrev) on


This definitely came as a surprise to me and, like all other Mystic Fall fans, I was quite upset when I heard the news. Obviously, the first thing you think about is what's going to happen with the show? How does a show continue without its heroine in the picture? Now who's going to be on the cover of the DVDs?!

You have to remember, however, that "stars" leaving shows is not a new thing. Look at Charlie Sheen from Two And a Half Men, Steve Carell from The Office, and even Chad Michael Murray from One Tree Hill. They all left in the middle of their series' run and the show still went on.

Do I believe that these shows are ever the same when their main protagonist leaves? Absolutely not. The whole dynamic of the story and cast changes when a main character leaves. It'll never be like it was and I think that's what makes me the saddest.

I love Vampire Diaries and I hope it continues to be a great show, but I also don't like change and am anticipating a slow death in the series. Then again, maybe it'll surprise me.

Still, good luck to Nina Dobrev! I totally wish her well in her adventures and I'm excited for the next chapter in her life.

XOXO,

Hilda

Hilda Tam

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