When Nina Dobrev announced her decision to leave The Vampire Diaries, and how everyone from the cast actually seemed to be okay with this (including producer Julie Plec and Nina’s ex, Ian Somerhalder), I couldn’t wrap my head around the possibility of TVD being without Nina. After all, I hanged on for six seasons of Elena Gilbert, for the promise of her being with Damon, and it finally happened, but now they’re stripping her away from the story. I love Damon and the other characters, too, but I don’t think I’ll be able to watch the seventh season without missing Nina too much.
I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of seeing her on screen. It was bound to happen, and maybe I’ll see her in other shows, but, to echo other Delena fans, TVD just wouldn’t be the same without her.
1. Nina has played roles in the show more times than I can count with my fingers. There’s Elena (human) and Elena (vampire), Katherine (human), and Katherine (vampire), Tatia, Silas, Amara, and probably some more that I can’t recall at the moment. At times, the doppelganger bit gets boring, but you can’t deny the fact that Nina did all these roles and did them well. Must have been tough switching roles and personalities, but Nina handled it real cool.
2. Elena is the love of Damon’s life. They have been through so many trials together, and if they don’t end up together, then I will lose faith in the show. I know, I know. The Vampire Diaries is not about Elena — it’s about Stefan and Damon. But even if you tell me that Damon did get over Katherine, and will get over Elena, I just can’t find peace in that. All six seasons down the drain, and I can’t even imagine how they’ll do it (will they pull a McDreamy on Elena? I hope not.)
3. Who else can do such a sexy vampire face? I haven’t seen anyone do it better.
4. Nina makes bad look so good. You know how Katherine’s the one character in the show everyone loves to hate, but can’t keep their eyes off her because she can rock leather jackets and skinny jeans like no one else. She’s cold, manipulative, and sassy, and all the fans are definitely missing the personality that she brings to the show.
5. On a more personal level, Elena Gilbert made me believe in the kind of love that I want. She was the only fictional proof (that I know of) that this kind of enduring love exists.
I can come up with more reasons, but it’s just really my separation anxiety speaking. Elena Gilbert and all the roles that Nina has played for the show has become a huge part of the last six years of my life, and I’m just really sad to see one of my favorite characters go away. Here’s to wishing for great success for Nina’s career, though. I look forward to seeing more of her in the future.-HANA