After six seasons, The Vampire Diaries will say goodbye to Nina Dobrev’s Elena Gilbert, whose love triangle with the fanged Salvatore brothers has been the beating heart of the CW series.
“I won’t comment on how we will exit her,” EP Julie Plec says. The show’s fans, however, have plenty of theories. Here are a handful of them, submitted to EW via Twitter; share yours in the comments. And know this: “If by some miracle someone in this section is actually right,” says Plec, “I will personally take them to lunch—or a Skype cocktail hour—to talk about being a writer because clearly they should be one.”
Elena will be given the cure and her memories will erased so she can go off and live a normal life. — @RedJem25
I’m going to say Stefan kills her while in Ripper mode. That would made a dramatic season 7. — @princessgleek
I’m thinking the cure and/or some crazy body jump like on The Originals. Or! Sent to a prison world for excessive whining. — @evilapprentice
Dying to protect her friends. — @HannaFangirls
She will realize that she’s gay and move out? — @FeelsforSterek2
I think the Salvatore brothers will leave Mystic Falls and end up in a new town maybe. — @WarblerCourage
She’ll find out Jer[emy] is hunting again and go help him. — @Misheru_218
Travel around the world, back in last ep of S7 to live happily ever after with Damon. — @Ethlenn
She really died in the car accident with her parents and she hadn’t accepted her death. — @iloveZachR
The mother will kill her to punish Damon. — @toniwold
The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.