Nina Dobrev Quits 'The Vampire Diaries'

'The Vampire Diaries' cast members Nina Dobrev and Michael Trevnio have announced that they are leaving the popular CW network series.

“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,'” Dobrev, posted on Instagram. Nina Dobrev Jaguar PS / “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.” DFree / According to Variety, 'The Vampire Diaries' executive producer Julie Plec, who developed the series, had warm wishes for Nina Dobrev on the long-running TV series.
“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,” she said in a statement. “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.”
But, Nina Dobrev is not the only actor to leave 'The Vampire Diaries'. Michael Trevino saw his character develop from a rich kid to a werewolf hybrid announced that he was going to leave the show as well. Joe Seer /

Could this mean the end of 'The Vampire Diaries'?

The CW The show's producer said that it would be a challenge to keep the storyline fresh and exciting if characters keep leaving the show.
“I don’t even know if I ever thought we would get this far when we started the series,” she toldVariety. “Obviously, it was a love triangle, but it’s also about brothers and it’s also about the ensemble. Ian becoming the breakout character over the years, you could have Damon Salvatore reading the phone book and people would probably still tune in.” Plec added, “For me, as we shed characters over the next couple of years, there’s a challenge of keeping the storytelling fresh and exciting, and seeing if we can keep the audience excited and invested in the show because it takes a new spin and a new direction that’s entertaining.” [Variety]
'The Vampire Diaries' first premiered in 2009 and it was a TV ratings hit for The CW. 'The Vampire Diaries' gave The CW its biggest series premiere with nearly 5 million viewers. However, by season 6 of The Vampire Diaries, ratings have plummeted to a little over 1 million viewers an episode. Could this be the real reason why Nina Dobrev left 'The Vampire Diaries'? It is hard to tell but, the future of 'The Vampire Diaries' is now in jeopardy without the leading actress. What do you think? Discuss this story with fellow Project Casting fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @projectcasting.