Just a couple of hours ago [The Vampire Diaries](series:200853) was picked up for its 7th season. Theories have been going around on which main character is leaving the show for next season, and now fans know. Jeremy Gilbert, Elena's younger brother, will no longer be a series regular!
It’s time for him to go out and live his life and we’re actually going to say goodbye to Steven R. McQueen as a series regular. He’s growing up and moving on. He will be out living a real life.
Julie Plec announced earlier today. Steven R. McQueen has been portraying Jeremy since the very beginning and has been a huge part of the show.
We’re in the third act of our storytelling of the show. Everything that we’re doing is moving towards the end. Over the course of the next few years, we will need to start having the characters make choices about what they want with their lives and say goodbye to some people. It’s all part of moving toward the end, however long that takes.
When asked if Jeremy will ever return to the show, Plec said,
He could show up at weddings, funerals and series finales for sure, but this journey is taking him to another place.
The how and why of Jeremy's departure are still unknown and probably will be until the end of the 6th season.
source: Entertainment Weekly