Nina Dobrev aka Elena Gilbert IS LEAVING The Vampire Diaries this season!!!!!
She recently posted that she “wanted Elena’s story to be a six season adventure,” (translation: the minimum length on their original contract). To be fair though, Nina’s characters have been through A LOT. As she wrote on instagram, “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…with two epic soulmates…”
It’s a good reminder of the ridiculousness of TVD and the wonderful absurdities that abound its world. And while I’ll be sad, the news offers us a chance to reflect on Nina Dobrev’s characters.
In fact, it’s hard to compose a blog about this without wanting to go down different rabbit holes focusing on specific characters, events, relationships, and the like. Her characters! Her face! So much pretty! So much crazy!
I mean, multiple posts could be (and have been) composed to Delena (Damon + Elena for the daft and/or uninitiated). And, as a strongfemalefriendship site, the debate needs to happen at some point—was Elena a good friend? Who was her best friend? (Also: What are the best TVD friendships? Furthermore, what’s the true love story at the heart of this show?? I think it might be the love story between the brothers Stefan and Damon, but up for debate.) Plus, what version of Elena did you like best? Early Elena? Human Elena? Vampire Elena? I, for one, was all about that vamp version. Go bad or go home.
I was also a Delena shipper from the start. I can remember watching TVD with my roommates in undergrad during its first season. Oy. The memories. The innocence.
Nina, we’ll miss you. Your crying face was almost as ubiquitous as Carrie Mathison’s on Homeland, in my opinion.
I cannot yet imagine how the show will go on without you.
All I know is, I predict tears at the end of this season. (Pretty, single, slowly-falling tears??? Ragged, face-destroying tears?! Mascara-running tears?!? Only time will tell.)