Well, here’s some disappointing news for fans of bloodsucking journal-keepers everywhere: series star Nina Dobrev has announced she’s leaving The Vampire Diaries after six seasons.
Dobrev made the announcement via Instagram, where she posted an image of her with showrunner and creator Julie Plec. Beneath it, the actress wrote: “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.”
The announcement brings Dobrev’s tenure as Elena Gilbert to a close after more than five years – the show first began airing on The CW back in September 2009.
“I always knew I wanted Elena’s story to be a six season adventure,” Dobrev cotinued, “and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime.”
The departure of The Vampire Diaries‘ protagonist doesn’t mean the end for the series itself, though. In a separate statement, Julie Plec wrote:
“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. 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.”
The Vampire Diaries was recently picked up for a seventh series, so we’ll bring you more on that as it comes in. Meanwhile, here’s Dobrev’s Instagram message in full: