Nina Dobrev is done with Mystic Falls. The actress is moving on to other pastures, even though Vampire Diaries creator Julie Plec tried hard to get her to stay.
"She was just looking forward to moving on with no hard feelings and no drama," Plec told KCRW. "This is taking the personal out of it completely, from a storytelling point of view it's a great challenge. As writers in the room we're finding it very rejuvenating. Just on a strictly creative exercise level."
Plac explained that Nina Dobrev could not be persuaded to stick around.
"Nina had said earlier this year that she wanted to be done and we spent a little bit of time trying to talk her out of it. [We'd say,] 'Oh, look at all these great plans of how you can stay!'" she explained. "And she finally was like, 'No, I signed up for six years. I've done my six years. I'm ready to move on and spread my wings.'"
What sort of plans might Nina Dobrev have that she is in such an all-fired hurry to take off for? How about a superhero film?
Last year Nina Dobrev was rumored to be looking at life after Vampire Diaries. One insider reported that she is hoping to launch a film franchise that is either in the ever-popular YA (Young Adult) category or perhaps even a superhero role.
The idea is that Dobrev will get a role that would get her high visibility in a blockbuster series of films, allowing her to use that as a launching pad for further film work in meatier roles.
This is the same formula that worked so well for Jennifer Lawrence, who used the YA fave The Hunger Games and the X-Men superhero film series to parlay into roles in America Hustle and Silver Linings Playbook.
Plac decided that it would be too hard on Vampire Diaries to lose a key character without some sort of prep for the audience that it was coming. After all, this isn't Game of Thrones. Losing a character that teenagers love is not well received.
"A lot of people had a hard time with that. It was a beautiful shock, but there's grief attached to that. And I'm looking at Vampire Diaries, which is now six years deep, and it's the main character," Plec said. "A lot of our audience — they're still teenagers — and there is a profound attachment to this character and to this show. I started looking at it from a fan point of view and being like, 'We need to tell them that it's happening before it happens. You can't just end the season and do what we're going to do to this character.'"