The Vampire Diaries Season 7 News: Twitter Reacts To Nina Dobrev Instagram Announcement

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Nina Dobrev’s character on The Vampire Diaries may be immortal, but it looks like her time on the show will be less than eternal. The actress announced yesterday via a wordy Instagram post that the sixth season of the show 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

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“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,” read her message to fans. The Degrassi alum went on to say, “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.”

Dobrev has been the show’s lead actress and breakout star over six seasons. The Vampire Diaries, which came to TV at the height of the Twilight inspired vampire craze, has managed to outlast the undead trend, but it’s unclear how it will restructure to go on without its leading lady. Dobrev isn’t the only departure from the core cast. Michael Trevino, who plays Tyler Lockwood on the supernatural soap, will also depart this season to star in ABC’s Kingmakers pilot.

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Dobrev’s announcement sent social media into a tailspin as fans of the show reacted to the news. While some tweeted congratulations to the starlet, others were outraged that she would abandon the show that made her a household name. The only thing fans universally agreed on was their desire to see the show continue to a seventh season.

The fan panic is likely in vain since the CW already renewed the highly-rated series for a seventh season back in January knowing that Dobrev’s contract was up. The network and show runners seem confident that they can continue the show’s central plotlines without Dobrev, whose character Elena was a series lynchpin.

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