Why Did Nina Dobrev Leave ‘The Vampire Diaries’: Her Unexpected Exit Explained
2023/12/27

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Actress Nina Dobrev, known for her roles as Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce on the hit series The Vampire Diaries, left the show after its sixth season but returned for the final season. The show initially revolved around Elena Gilbert's story, so fans were taken aback when Dobrev announced her departure. As more people discover the show on streaming platforms, they are experiencing the shock of her exit for the first time. So, why did Dobrev leave The Vampire Diaries?

In an Instagram post during the show's sixth season, she explained that she had always envisioned Elena's story to be a six-season adventure.

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She felt grateful for the journey she had with the show and her work family, but she believed it was time to move on to the next chapter of her life. Dobrev had signed a six-year contract when the show began, so she had planned to leave after the sixth season. Although her exit was leaked earlier than expected, she saw it as a blessing in disguise. She was able to say goodbye to her family and fans and celebrate the experience instead of mourning it after she left. In the show, Elena's exit was cleverly woven into the story. In the season 6 finale, a villain placed her in a sleeping spell connected to another character, ensuring Elena would stay comatose until the character's death.

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This allowed Elena to say goodbye to her loved ones before being placed in a coffin. However, Dobrev did return for the series finale, portraying both Elena and Katherine. The show's creators were thrilled to have her back and ensured a truly epic farewell episode. Elena wakes up thinking she has been in a coma, only to discover she is actually Katherine, who has plans to destroy the town. Damon sacrifices himself to save everyone, and Stefan gives Damon the cure for vampirism before dying with Katherine. Elena gets her happy ending, growing old with Damon and reuniting with loved ones in the afterlife.

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Since leaving The Vampire Diaries, Dobrev has pursued various projects. She starred in the comedy series Fam, appeared in films like XXX: Return of Xander Cage and Flatliners, and launched her own wine brand with Julianne Hough. She is currently working on several movies and remains close with her Vampire Diaries castmates. As for a reboot of The Vampire Diaries, Dobrev believes it's too soon to discuss. However, she remains open to the possibility if the role and director are intriguing. She jokingly mentioned Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese as directors she would consider working with on a vampire film. In conclusion, Nina Dobrev's departure from The Vampire Diaries after season 6 had a significant impact on the show's storyline. However, she returned for the final season, giving fans closure and a satisfying ending to Elena Gilbert's journey. Dobrev has since pursued new projects and remains open to future opportunities, including a possible reboot of the beloved show.

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