When Nina Dobrev announced that she would be leaving "The Vampire Diaries" at the end of its sixth season -- which (sniff) takes place this Thursday -- pretty much everybody was stunned. But while fans will probably need months after Delena's final scene to properly mourn their favorite TV heroine, some of Dobrev's former costars think that the rest of the world is ready for a non-Elena Dobrev.
"I'm so excited for her," current "The Mysteries of Laura" star Janina Gavankar, who played Qetsiyah in season five, told MTV News during the NBC Upfront. I think it's great. To be the face of such a huge show, and for her to be able to move on and have the whole world at her fingertips -- she's such a talented, focused, bright lady. I think the world is ready for her to branch out. I'm very excited for her."
Gavankar added that, even in Dobrev's absence, she'd be happy to return to the show to guest star as her witchy villain.
"Qetsiyah is a crazy b--ch," she laughed. "I would love to go be her again. She could come back and haunt your dreams at any moment."
Taylor Kinney -- who currently stars on "Chicago Fire" and, you know, is about to marry Lady Gaga -- added that his frequent season two costar, the departing Michael Trevino, is also bound for post-"TVD" greatness.
"I did a ski trip recently and I ran into Michael Trevino... we were talking about it," Kinney said. "He just had nothing but praise for just the opportunity, and that show and what it's done for him. I know he'll be fine, he's going to go on to do great things. I haven't talked to Nina... I think she has infinite potential as well; she's going to go on to do amazing things."
Even without Trevino and Dobrev, the "TVD" gang -- yes, that includes you, fans -- should be proud for creating such a behemoth show; the first flagship of the now-thriving CW.
"That show... it's part of the zeitgeist," Kinney concluded. "It did a lot for young people... it crossed boundaries. It resonated with a lot of people."