Kat Graham Announces Departure from The Vampire Diaries

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Mystic Falls is about to lose another resident.

Kat Graham as Bonnie

A few months after Nina Dobrev announced her departure from The Vampire Diaries, exiting the beloved CW series after six seasons as Elena Gilbert, co-star Kat Graham has confirmed her plans to move on from the show.

But not any time too soon, at least.

In an exclusive chat with Us Weekly at the iHeartRadio Music Awards on Sunday, Graham said that Season 8 will mark her final run as Bonnie Bennett.

She has starred as the young witch for the duration of the drama.

"Season 8 will be my last season," Graham told the magazine, adding:

"I just hope that whatever I do after, the crew can come with me. If the crew can come with me, then we'll be good. The crew is going to be the hardest thing to let go, because we are a family."

Toward the end of last year, The CW moved The Vampire Diaries Season 7 to Friday nights, prompting many to believe it was burying the once-popular series until canceling it this spring.

Instead, however, the network surprised fans by renewing the program for the 2016-2017 season.

It remains unclear just how many episodes will comprise Season 8 and it will be a true shock if The Vampire Diaries is even around for a ninth season after Graham leaves.

"There’s some really intense stuff with my character this season," Graham also teased.

"I think the biggest episodes I’ve ever had are 20 [airing April 29] and 21 [airing May 6]. It's pretty major for the character - huge turns, a lot of stunts and cool sh-t!"

We'll make a point to watch The Vampire Diaries online in order to see what's on tap.

But it probably is about time for the series to get the axe, don't you think? 

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