Nina Dobrev Teen Choice Awards

Nina Dobrev Says Goodbye to TVD's Elena During 2015 Teen Choice Awards

Just when we thought we’d made peace with Nina Dobrev‘s exit from The Vampire Diaries, the former CW star made a special appearance at Sunday’s Teen Choice Awards to remind us what we’ll be missing this fall.

Dobrev won the surfboard for Choice TV Actress, Sci-Fi/Fantasy — appropriately presented by her personal doppelganger Victoria Justice — but it wasn’t her (well-deserved) win that had fans talking tweeting up a storm.

“The last few months have been a pretty big change for me,” she said, after removing an enormous pair of fangs. “Change… It’s a scary word, or at least I used to think that, because it meant new beginnings. New beginnings of a future that was unknown. But change is necessary, necessary for you to grow and to learn and to better yourself. Because everything in life comes to an end.”

“As this chapter of my life comes to an end, I look back on it with a grateful heart and a big smile,” she continued. “Just like my character Elena, I started this show as a young girl. … These were six incredible years I’ve had the pleasure of spending with all of you guys.”

Watch Dobrev’s speech below, then drop a comment with your feelings. (Come on, we know you’ve got a few.)