So... that happened.
Viewers had been counting down the days until The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 22 partly because it served as a season finale and they knew there would be a major cliffhanger, of course.
But mostly because they also knew this would be Nina Dobrev's final ever appearance on the series.
Talk had circulated since the star made her announcement, with fans wondering whether TVD would kill Elena off or send her packing from Mystic Falls.
Also: just how many boxes of tissues would we need as we witnessed these events.
Without giving anything away, let's just say Elena's departure was satisfying and sentimental, touching and well done.
Just how did it go down? Click on the video above to watch The Vampire Diaries online and to find out now.