A dark cloud continues to loom over panic-stricken fans as they struggle to accept the fact that Nina Dobrev is leaving The Vampire Diaries. After six seasons, their heartbroken reaction to the news feels quite typical of a dedicated fan base, from their flat-out refusal to accept a possible replacement for her character to their concern over what will happen to Delena. I mean, who can blame them for feeling like someone literally sucked the life out of them? This is obviously the beginning of a painful mourning period, so I certainly don't want to force the idea of acceptance on anyone who's still clinging to the TV remote and ugly-crying, "Nina, why are you leaving The Vampire Diaries?" However, I'll hold out hope that perhaps Dobrev's future plans to direct and produce will eventually brighten fans' outlook.
Speaking to MTV News, Dobrev revealed her interest in going behind the scenes. "I want to produce — I’m going to take over the world eventually. But I feel like if I do that, I want to do it in a different platform, separate [from ‘The Vampire Diaries’]… If I decide to take that path, I think I’d do it in a different way," she said.
See guys? Basically, Dobrev needs room to grow. Using the same role to train her acting muscles will eventually inhibit her ability to strengthen her skills. And yes, her portrayal of Elena Gilbert is awesome — no one can deny that — but just think about how kick-ass it would be to see her calling the shots on set as a director or a producer, like the total boss she already is.
Additionally, her decision to leave while at the top of her game (at least on TVD) sets a great example for other young women — and, specifically, actresses — who may be hesitant to take control of their careers.
I know it might not feel like it now, but it sounds like she has everything under control. As for the fate of The Vampire Diaries? Who knows what will happen, but I'm confident that TVD fans will still be front row and center next season to find out, even though Dobrev won't be there with them.