• Nina Dobrev performed Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce in The Vampire Diaries.
  • Nina left the present in season 6.
  • Nina returned for the present’s eighth and remaining season.

The Vampire Diaries centered round (largely saving) the one and solely Elena Gilbert for the present’s first 6 seasons. Followers had been then shocked when Nina Dobrev introduced that she was leaving the hit sequence after season 6. Nina’s sudden departure modified the course of the present in its remaining two seasons.

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Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Wesley within the early days of ‘The Vampire Diaries.’ (The CW/Everett Assortment)

With The Vampire Diaries obtainable to stream on Max, new viewers are discovering the favored vampire drama and experiencing the shock of Nina’s exit for the primary time. So, why did Nina go away The Vampire Diaries? How does she really feel in regards to the present now? Right here’s the whole lot you should know.

Why Did Nina Dobrev Go away The Vampire Diaries?

Nina first introduced she could be leaving The Vampire Diaries in a heartfelt Instagram put up on April 6, 2015, throughout the present’s sixth season. With just some episodes left within the season, Nina revealed that season 6 could be her final.

“I at all times knew I needed Elena’s story to be a six season journey, and inside these six years I acquired the journey of a lifetime,” she wrote. The actress requested followers on the time to “hop on the curler coaster experience that’s Elena Gilbert’s life and be a part of me as I have fun her and put together to say goodbye to her — and to my work household — as I transfer on to the subsequent chapter of my life.”

Nina revealed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that the information of her exit “leaked just a little earlier” than she had anticipated, so she was “compelled” to “make a press release prematurely.” She added, “However it was a blessing in disguise, looking back. It didn’t hit me; I acquired to say goodbye with my household and with the followers. Individuals made movies of — what was of their opinion — the very best moments of the final six years. It helped me relive the final six years, and be nostalgic, grateful and look again at these moments and have fun this expertise because it ends, as an alternative of mourn it after I left. I acquired to say goodbye to my household, and spend my final moments with them, and look again and bear in mind how superior it has been.”

Nina signed a six-year contract when the present started, so she at all times knew she’d be leaving the present after season 6. “I’ve beloved engaged on this present,” she instructed SELF in 2015. “It’s been such a loopy, superior journey, and I’ve been surrounded by so many individuals who I think about household. I do know it is a new thrilling step in the precise course for me, nevertheless it’s going to be so unusual to not be with them.”

What Occurred To Elena When Nina Dobrev Left?

The Vampire Diaries wrote in Nina’s exit in a intelligent approach on the finish of the sixth season. Within the season 6 finale, the villainous Kai (Chris Wooden) positioned a sleeping spell on Elena that linked her to Bonnie (Kat Graham). So long as Bonnie stayed alive, Elena would keep comatose. Elena was conscious of the stakes and needed Bonnie to reside an extended life. As soon as Bonnie died, Elena would get up precisely as she was. 

Fortunately, Elena was in a position to say “goodbye” to her family members. Elena and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) shared a gut-wrenching goodbye that ended with a dance in the midst of the street the place they first met. As soon as Elena was comatose, she was positioned in a coffin and safely saved within the Salvatore mausoleum.

Did Nina Dobrev Return To The Vampire Diaries?

Sure, Nina returned for the sequence finale of The Vampire Diaries as each Elena and Katherine. She introduced her return in an Instagram put up on January 26, 2017. “I do know it’s Thursday, however this isn’t a TBT. #BackOnSet #TVDForever,” she captioned a photograph of her sequence finale script.

“I’m thrilled to convey this present to an finish the way in which we at all times meant — with Nina again to assist us say goodbye,” showrunner Julie Plec mentioned in a press release on the time. Govt producer Kevin Williamson added, “I’m so excited to have Nina again to make sure our farewell episode is actually epic!”

The sequence finale picks up within the midst of Stefan and Caroline’s wedding ceremony day. After Bonnie falls unconscious, she crosses paths with Elena and Enzo. Elena seemingly awakens from her coma, nevertheless it’s truly Katherine. Katherine rapidly reveals her plan to destroy the city and everybody left in it with hellfire.

Damon is keen to sacrifice himself to ensure Katherine stays lifeless and goes again to hell. Nonetheless, Stefan has a plan of his personal. Damon thinks he compels Stefan to depart, however Stefan’s already taken vervain. Stefan offers Damon the remedy for vampirism and dies with Katherine.

Stefan is ready to share one final second with Elena within the hallway of Mystic Fall Excessive Faculty the place he tells her what’s occurred. “He’s the higher man. He’s the precise man,” Stefan tells Elena earlier than he finds Peace.

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Nina Dobrev within the ‘TVD’ sequence finale. (The CW/Everett Assortment)

Elena writes in her diary for the primary time since she’s woken up about with the ability to reside once more. Elena reunites with Bonnie after Bonnie is ready to unlink them. Elena and Damon share an epic reunion. Elena tells Caroline the message Stefan gave her: “I’ll love her eternally, too.”

Elena completed medical faculty and got here house to Mystic Falls to reside her life. She grew previous with Damon and acquired the completely happy ending she at all times needed. Elena discovered Peace ultimately and was in a position to reunite along with her dad and mom, Jenna, and John.

What Is Nina Dobrev Doing Now?

Following her exit from The Vampire Diaries, Nina’s first sequence common position was within the short-lived comedy sequence Fam in 2019. Her efficiency as Clem was radically totally different from her Vampire Diaries roles. Nina has additionally starred in movies like XXX: Return of Xander Cage, Love Exhausting, Flatliners, Redeeming Love, and extra. Her newest film, The Out-Legal guidelines, hit Netflix on July 7. The actress has a few movies within the works, together with Reunion and The Bricklayer. She additionally had a Degrassi reunion with Drake and extra within the rapper’s 2018 music video “I’m Upset.”

Nina and BFF Julianne Hough have launched their very own wine model, Recent Vine Wine. Nina began courting Olympic snowboarder Shaun White in 2019.

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Nina Dobrev with boyfriend Shaun White at ‘The Out-Legal guidelines’ premiere. (John Salangsang/Shutterstock)

Would She Ever Return For A Vampire Diaries Reboot?

The Vampire Diaries spawned two spinoffs: The Originals and Legacies. Although there’s solely been a handful of years since The Vampire Diaries ended, there’s already been speak amongst followers about the potential for a reboot down the street. Nina addressed her emotions a few reboot on Sirius XM’s The Jess Cagle Show in July 2023.

“I feel it’s approach too quickly to be speaking a few reboot as a result of the present didn’t even finish that way back, however I imply I do know that I’m very shut with Paul and Kayla and Candice and Kat and the record goes on as a result of, you realize, it was such a giant a part of our lives for thus a few years. It’s onerous to not keep in contact with everyone and see them once we can,” she mentioned.

Paul Wesley had lately instructed InStyle that he would give one other vampire-related mission a “onerous move,” so Nina was requested if she felt the identical approach. “I don’t know. I imply, I feel it at all times relies on the position and the director,” she mentioned. “I don’t need to say by no means as a result of if Steven Spielberg is directing or if Martin Scorsese has a vampire flick developing and there’s an excellent position that can problem me ultimately, perhaps, so I suppose, yeah. Steven, name me. Martin, let me know.”


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