Actress Nina Dobrev revealed on her Instagram page that the is leaving The Vampire Diaries after Season 6 comes to an end next month. We reported back in January that the series was renewed for Season 7, but it remains unclear how the show will bid farewell to the actress, who plays Elena Gilbert on the hit CW Network series. Take a look at the full statement Nina Dobrev issued on her Instagram page below.
"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.
Executive producer Julie Plec had this to say in her statement, where she seemed to confirm that Michael Trevino, who plays Trevor Lockwood, will no longer be a series regular after this season. The actor co-stars in the ABC pilot The Kingmakers, although it seems that the door is open for him to return for more episodes of The Vampire Diaries. Take a look at Julie Plec's statement below.
"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. Michael has been a beloved member of The Vampire Diaries family since day one. 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."
The CW Network has not confirmed if the upcoming Season 7 will be its last, but it will be interesting to see how the show transitions after losing two key cast members who have both been there since Day One. What do you think of the news that Nina Dobrev and Michael Trevino will not be around for Season 7 of The Vampire Diaries? Let us know what you think below, and stay tuned for more updates.