‘Vampire Diaries’ Final Season? Nina Dobrev Departure Should Not Hurt The CW Series According To Showrunners [Video]

Nina Dobrev’s absence had many wondering if this would be Vampire Diaries final season. Deadline spoke with the shows co-creator, Julie Plec, and she had quite the opposite to say. With the departure of all of the different characters Dobrev played, Plec says Vampire Diaries will be able to expand other popular characters’ stories that haven’t reached their full potential.

“In terms of the show focusing on a single character, we are going to shift from that. We finally have an opportunity to show off the ensemble and make them feel more like the stars of their own show.”

This could be a welcome change from the on-again, off-again romances that surrounded the three main characters to this point. It was becoming more difficult to present Dobrev’s character in new and original situations after six seasons. Plec let Deadline in on a little of the history that surrounds the three heretics that were mentioned at this year’s Comic Con. She let slip that two of these characters share a bond beyond that of the supernatural realm.

“The heretics, we call them… the three girls are Nora, Mary Louise and Valeria, and they are all amongst Lily’s little coven of family who she was stuck in the prison world with. She describes them as magnificent, fierce, and wildly nasty. One of the interesting sub-plots involve Mary Louise and Nora who, coming from the 19th and 20th century, have not been able to openly express their love for each other. After missing out on the sexual revolution era, the two ladies are introduced to a more expecting time where they don’t have to hide their affection.”

The heretics are not the only exciting thing that is happening in Vampire Diaries this season. However, Plec would not divulge all of her secrets. She only went as far as to say there is a “real curveball coming” around episode 7. She expects fans to be completely taken off guard by it.

In contrast, Nina Debrov seems to be a little light on work in the near future. The Final Girls is set to appear in limited release on October 5. Rotten Tomatoes provides the synopsis for the horror comedy.

“A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom’s most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film’s maniacal killer.”

Beyond that, Debrov’s workload seems a little light. She has nothing in development at this time. According to a Hollywood Life report, Nina really wants a shot at True Detectives Season 3.

“She has told her people to start talking to the right people and to get her into those meetings. She knows she has time since season two has just ended, but she wants to be first in line for when decisions are to be made.”

We will have to wait until May 2016 before we know if this is Vampire Diaries’ final season. It is difficult for any show to carry on when it loses a major character especially after six seasons. Of course, if this season doesn’t work out, all is not lost. According to The CW President Mike Pedowitz, the door will always be open for Dobrev.

“We would have loved Nina to stay. She did a great job for the six years she was on the show. She is welcome back anytime she wants to come back.”

What do you think? Without Elena, is this Vampire Diaries’ final season? Maybe you thought the show was growing stagnant. Could this be the new blood (pun intended) the show needed?

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