They've set up a scenario in which, the now human, Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) could be killed off in the next episode, "I'm Thinking of You All the While", the Season 6 Finale, May 14, 2015.
SPOILER ALERT: Tonight's episode, "I'll Wed You in the Golden Summertime", ended with Elena on the floor, surrounded by shattered glass, looking dead, again.
Can the show survive without Elena Gilbert?
The entire story revolves around the love triangle between Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), Elena, and Stefan's brother, Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder).
Damon's supernatural outburst of intense grief may hold the audience's interest for the first three or four episodes of Season 7. Interest could be piqued even longer if Damon is forced to hunt down Kai Parker (Christopher Charles Wood) before annihilating him in the most gruesome fashion allowed by censorship.
Will Ian Somerhalder's new vampire bride, Nikki Reed ,–aka Rosalie Hale, The Twilight Saga—make an appearance as Damon Salvatore's new vampire lover?
Will the romantic relationship between, Stefan Salvatore and Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola), boil over and keep the screen sizzling without the Damon/Elena heat around to fan the flames?
Will the show fizzle out and fade away, like any well staked vampire series?
I love the character Klaus (Joseph Morgan) so much; I started watching TVD from the beginning, on Netflix, just to learn more about him. I continued watching TVD after Klaus left the show, in case he made a surprise appearance, and because I like Ian Somerhalder's performance as Damon Salvatore.
Will I continue to watch TVD without Nina Dobrev? Probably. I'm curious to see what happens to Damon without his soul mate.
Can the show survive without the relationship between Damon Salvatore and Elena Gilbert? Probably not.
It's dangerous to kill off major characters in a television series. Killing off the major love interest of two major characters, after 6 Seasons as the central love interest of the show, is bound to lead to disaster.
Then again, we've learned from, too many, similar storylines, a human girl falling for a vampire always leads to disaster.