How The Vampire Diaries Improved After This Character Left the Show

Elena Gilbert was the heart of The Vampire Diaries but left in Season 6. Fans mourned but her departure benefited the show. Elena was divisive, some fans felt she was central to every plotline, others felt she brought empathy. The show started with Elena dealing with her parents' death and discovering the supernatural world. Elena's relationship with vampire brothers Stefan and Damon sparked major battles. Nina Dobrev's exit resulted in new arcs. Elena's departure allowed the show to focus on other characters and elements, creating a more diverse and improved show.

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