We´re completed shocked by this piece of news! In an unexpected turn of events, actress Nina Dobrev has announced on her instagram account that she will not be returning to "The Vampire Diaries" for a seventh season. The show´s main lead released the following statement:
Dearest TVD Family,
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.
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.
This has certainly been a year of loss at the CW show with actors such as Steven R. McQueen (Jeremy), Marguerite MacIntyre's Sheriff Forbes and now possibly Michael Trevino (Tyler) exiting.
Executive producer Julie Plec also expressed her sadness over Dobrev´s departure:
"Saying goodbye to Nina is both bittersweet and beautiful. 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," Plec said in a statement. "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 400 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."
Do you believe that the show should move on without its main female lead? Or is it time to put it to rest? Are you sad to see Nina Dobrev go? Sound off in the comments!