Grey’s Anatomy. The Vampire Diaries. Revenge. What do all these shows have in common? They had one of their main stars leave the show this season. And all handled the exit in wildly different ways, with TVD being the latest.
Nina Dobrev’s final episode on the CW series aired on Thursday night after she announced she was leaving in April after playing Elena Gilbert for six seasons.
Of course, TV stars make public exists for a variety of seasons. The actor could want off the show, or has to go because of unforeseen circumstances. And in those cases, the showrunners must simply decide the hardest thing of all: HOW do you write out a beloved character?