Fans of the CW drama, “The Vampire Diaries,” are in tears today after star Nina Dobrev announced that she is leaving the show.
Some of the cast and crew kind of spilled the beans over the weekend by posting photos on social media from what looked like a good-bye party, with the hashtag
She confirmed her departure in a letter to fans on Monday.
“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,” she wrote.
“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.”
She wrote that she’d share more news over the next month as the season wraps up and in an exclusive interview in the June issue of Self magazine.
“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," the show’s executive producer, Julie Plec, said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“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.”
Here’s a sampling of fan reactions to the big news.