3. ALARIC SALTZMAN
As the shooting of Season 3 was coming to an end, Julie Plec told Matt Davis who plays Alaric Saltzman in the TVD Universe that this would be the end for the character. Davis soon landed up a lead role in another CW series called Cult. Even Davis was excited for his new project and believed it was the perfect time to move on from The Vampire Diaries. While working in TVD, he admitted that he had creative differences with Julie Plec regarding his character, its storylines.
Alaric was a secondary character and Julie Plec ultimately found a way to conclude his character at the same time when his contract was expiring. However, Alaric found his way back into the show as Julie would later feel there’s room for more storytelling. Not only would Alaric Saltzman return, but would his way into the Originals and a recurring major role in Legacies.
2. TYLER LOCKWOOD
Michael Trevino is best known for his role of Tyler Lockwood, a werewolf, on the Vampire Diaries. He played a significant role in the storylines, he’s the first successful hybrid that Klaus created. However, the actor felt that his storyline was done, there wasn’t anything left to tell. He believed the writers expanded his storyline because of his contract of six seasons. So by the end of Season 6, he decided to not renew his contract and exited the show with Nina Dobrev. He believed that it would be a disservice to the fans and to himself if he engaged in the same repetitive storylines. However, his character would eventually return in a recurring role in the last two seasons.
1. VICKI DONOVAN & LEXI BRANSON
Vicki Donovan was part of the main cast in Season 1. Her death came as a surprise to many. The show creators explained that it was necessary because they wanted to make TVD unpredictable, a show where even one of the main or regular characters could die. Even after her death, Vicki returned periodically as a ghost. She would play a significant role in the TVD finale. Similarly, Lexi Branson, the BFF of Stefan who arrived in Mystic Falls to attend his birthday died at the hands of Damon. But within one episode, her character clicked with the fans and it forced the writers to bring her back on numerous occasions. Her character was ultimately reunited with Stefan in the afterlife in the most epic fashion.