‘Vampire Diaries’ Season 7 Spoilers: Will Nina Dobrev’s Exit Hurt Or Help The Show? Cast Reveals True Feelings

Elena’s (Nina Dobrev, left) absence
will change “The Vampire Diaries”
Season 7, but could it be for the better?

“The Vampire Diaries” Season 7 is
going to be very different without
its leading lady. When Nina Dobrev
decided to leave the CW drama, it
drastically altered the course of the
supernatural series. However, her cast
members are optimistic that Elena’s
coma will bring a necessary change to
the show.
Paul Wesley played Elena’s love
interest, Stefan, throughout the first
few years of the series, but he seems
more than happy to be ditching the
old love triangle and moving on . He
believes it might help the show stay
exciting. “When a show has been on
for seven years, you need a shift in
dynamic,” he said during the show’s
San Diego Comic-Con panel on Sunday.
“And I think it created a new sort of
world in a way. So I think it’s a fresh
take on a show that’s been on for over
half a decade.”
Kat Graham added that there is still a
mystery behind Elena in “The Vampire
Diaries” Season 7. Audiences don’t
know when or if she’ll return. “I
thought it was a really clever way to
kind of keep Elena there and keep her
presence there and keep the door open
for a lot of ways for her to be able to
come back,” Graham added.

Graham isn’t alone there. Candice
Accola also hinted that Dobrev’s exit
doesn’t have to be permanent, and the
mystery around a possible return is
typical for “The Vampire Diaries.” “I
think that’s what’s fun about this
series. You never know when
characters are going to leave, you
never know when they’re going to
come back,” Accola explained to MTV .
“That’s been a constant for six
seasons, now. So the fact that, for such
a big departure, that it is left open-
ended, is really true to the show.”
It’s Damon (Ian Somerhalder) whose
storyline will change the most, but like
his on-screen brother, he thinks that
Dobrev’s exit will just help move the
story along. “She’s just taking a little
nap. … It’s just an evolution of the
story,” Somerhalder said at the panel.
“This is Mystic Falls without Elena
However, showrunner Julie Plec
revealed that his character will have a
sort of identity crisis without the love
of his life. “The challenge for Damon is
obviously Elena said to him, ‘Please
live your life and be who you are,’”
Plec explained. “And yet we know who
Damon is. So for him, it’s ‘Who am I
without this girl right by my side?’ …
We’ll get to see a lot of naughty Damon
trying not to be naughty.”
At her Nerd HQ panel, Plec added that
she felt the way Elena was written out
was the best decision for all of the
characters. The “sleeping beauty
curse” was actually the easiest way to
allow most of the characters to get
over her exit quickly. “It keeps her
alive in our universe and it keeps
something for the Damon character to
hope for,” Plec explained. “But also
lets our characters move on and live
their lives and not have to spend this
next year and a half of their show
lives mourning this person. They can,
at her wish, get on with their lives and
be happy, so we felt good about it.”
Without Elena, there will be more time
for Stefan and Caroline’s romance,
Bonnie and Damon’s friendship and
new characters’ relationships . Fans
will get to decide for themselves if
that’s a good thing when “The Vampire
Diaries” returns.
“The Vampire Diaries” Season 7
premieres Thursday, Oct. 8, at 8 p.m.
EDT on the CW. Do you think Nina
Dobrev’s exit will help or hurt the
show? Sound off in the comments
section below!

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