Dearest TVD Family,

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 wewe 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. 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 zaidi to come before the season finale in May. Elena fell in upendo not once, but twice, with two epic soulmates, and I myself made some of the best Marafiki I'll ever know and built an extended family I will upendo forever.

There's zaidi to come before we wrap, upangaji pamoja this up, and I promise you'll get to hear all about my experiences over the inayofuata mwezi as we approach the season finale (I have aliyopewa an exclusive interview for the June issue of SELF Magazine that I am excited for wewe to see!), but until then I invite wewe to hop on the roller coaster ride that is Elena Gilbert's life and jiunge me as I celebrate her and prepare to say goodbye to her -- and to my work family -- as I songesha on to the inayofuata chapter of my life. I want to share this goodbye with all of wewe (this weekend's pictures were just the beginning). You, the wonderful fandom who gave zaidi 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 upendo wewe all. Fasten your seatbelts. If wewe think wewe know what's coming, wewe don't.

Love, Nina