Nina Dobrev is quitting The Vampire Diaries! The actress, who plays the lead character Elena, has been on the CW show for six years.
When photos from the cast's lake party started emerging, fans began speculating that she was leaving the show. (They nicknamed the party after her spirit animal, calling it Lake Unicorn.) She confirmed the news with an Instagram photo and a long, bittersweet message.
"I've just spent the most beautiful weekend on Lake Lanier in Georgia with my own TVD Family, the cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries. I want to be the first to tell you that it wasn't just a holiday celebration, it was a goodbye party. I always knew I wanted Elena's story to be a six season adventure, and within those six years I got the journey of a lifetime," she wrote.
"I was a human, a vampire, a doppelganger, a crazy immortal, a doppelganger pretending to be human, a human pretending to be a doppelganger. I got kidnapped, killed, resurrected, tortured, cursed, body-snatched, was dead and undead, and there's still so much more to come before the season finale in May. Elena fell in love not once, but twice, with two epic soulmates, and I myself made some of the best friends I'll ever know and built an extended family I will love forever."
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Then, she thanked her fans and encouraged them to keep watching the sixth season to see how her story ends up. She's teasing some pretty big things!
"There's more to come before we wrap this up, and I promise you'll get to hear all about my experiences over the next month as we approach the season finale, but until then I invite you to hop on the roller coaster ride that is Elena Gilbert's life and join me as I celebrate her and prepare to say goodbye to her — and to my work family — as I move on to the next chapter of my life. I want to share this goodbye with all of you (this weekend's pictures were just the beginning). You, the wonderful fandom who gave more love, support and passion than anyone could have ever imagined seven years ago, when a young Degrassi girl from Canada showed up in LA to audition for 'that Twilight TV show.' ;-) I love you all. Fasten your seatbelts. If you think you know what's coming, you don't."
Click through to see photos from her going-away party, which had a bunch of the cast and crew in attendance, from Kat Graham and Michael Trevino to Zach Roerig. Let us know how you feel about the news in the comments!