The Vampire Diaries, one of The CW’s most prominent shows, makes history once more at the start of their upcoming seventh season. Producers have arranged for the series to introduce its first same-sex couple: Mary Louise and Nora.
The upcoming season, set to hit the air this Fall (October 8, to be exact) will feature the two female vampires as a kind of “opposites attract” duo who have been forced to keep their love under wraps for nearly 100 years. They are very different from each other, in that Nora is not an overly big fan of being affectionate while Mary Louise enjoys being very close and physical. However, the two make it work and are said to be nothing short of an unstoppable team.
The same-sex couple, which The Vampire Diaries once more makes history with by introducing to the show, are not the only newcomers in the highly coveted seventh installment of the uber-popular supernatural series. Another female fang-bearer is set to come onto the scene, a vampire by the name of Valerie. This character is said to have previously used dark humor to protect herself from letting others get too close, but this defense ultimately fails upon a main cast member reminding her of her formerly glorious and happy days.
The Vampire Diaries has been garnering much media attention over the past few months, which lays with their key cast member taking her leave. Back in April, Nina Dobrev (who played Elena Gilbert) made her official announcement that she would not be returning to the next installment of the series. This was a crushing blow to die-hards of The Vampire Diaries, resulting in fans desperately wondering how production would fill the gap and manage to continue on without the supernatural drama becoming one of “those series,” which fail miserably after continuing production despite the departure of a main actor or actress.
Speculation was rampant regarding the real reason why the 26-year-old chose to resign from her role, with most of it centering around ex-boyfriend Ian Somerhalder, who plays the character of Damon Salvatore and is also a top-tier cast member. Somerhalder became engaged to Twilight actress Nikki Reed in January of this year, and it was alleged that this circumstance created an extreme amount of tension on set during the most recently filmed season of The Vampire Diaries. However, both stars shot these rumors down; Somerhalder released a statement after his April 26 wedding that he and Dobrev were on friendly terms, and that he wishes nothing else for her but to find the love of her life and be eternally happy. The Bulgarian native echoed this statement, saying that her exit from The Vampire Diaries had nothing to do with her former partner, but everything to do with wanting to explore a new project after being committed to the same one since 2009.
History has been made once more with the plans for the upcoming The Vampire Diaries season (the first instance, of many, was made when Dobrev became the first ever write-in cast member to win Best Drama Actress at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards.) The hit CW series will be introducing a same-sex vampire couple in its seventh season, and viewers are ecstatic to see whether this fills the aforementioned void of Nina Dobrev, one which fans were worried could never be fixed no matter how hard the network tried.
Written and Edited by Chanel van der Woodsen
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