There’s no coming back from the dead for Elena Gilbert this time!
Actress Nina Dobrev announced on Monday evening that her character will have written her last diary entry on the hit CW series when Season 6 wraps up in May.
“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,” the star posted on Instagram. “I want to be the first to tell you that it wasn’t just a holiday celebration, it was a goodbye party.”
Rumors were already circulating that the series finale wasn’t going to be a happy ending. Now it seems certain that the show’s most beloved female lead is heading off into the twilight leaving her co-stars to continue their bloodsucking adventures without her on the seventh season, which was commissioned earlier this year.
Here’s what you need to know about Nina’s sudden departure:
1. She Announced it on Instagram
2. Showrunner Julie Plec Confirmed Nina wants to “spread her wings”
Vampire Diaries co-creator Julie Plec Plec confirmed Nina’s exit from the show in her own statement.
“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 four hundred 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.”
3. Her Last Show Will be the Season 6 Finale on May 14
Rumors that Dobrev was leaving the show began to surface over the Easter weekend when several members of the cast and crew posted pictures from a lakeside retreat on Instagram with the hashtag #NinaWeWillMissYou.
Her fate is a closely kept secret but odds on she’s not going to wander off happily into the sunset, or even the sunrise.
Dobrev even admitted in an interview with Buzzfeed that the show needed to kill off characters for good and not keep letting them off the hook with life after death.
4. She Broke up With Co-Star Boyfriend Ian Somerhalder Two Years Ago
Nina’s three-year romance with Vampire co-star Ian Somerhalder VP – ended in July 2013.
But the couple have remained friends and Nina was even said to be in “great spirits” after the actor announced his engagement to actress Nikki Reed in February.
5. Another VP Star, Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood), is Also Leaving The Show
Julie Plec also revealed that Michael Trevino, who has played Tyler Lockwood since Season 1, will not be returning to the show – although she suggests he may be back at some point.
“Michael has been a beloved member of The Vampire Diaries family since day one,” she said. “Even though he’s also going to be out in the world exploring new opportunities, we look forward to finding creative ways to make sure he and his character Tyler Lockwood always remain a part of the show.”