Most Helpful Guy
I miss Elena (Nina dobrev), but the show is plenty of entertaining still without her to me. The heretics storyline is pretty interesting so far. And it gives other characters a few chances to get some story development going.
Most of each season was rescuing Elena or dealing with a way to figure out how to save Elena in some form or fashion, not that I hated any of that, but the change is kinda good for now to me.
Most Helpful Girl
It's always super weird and unsettling to adjust to a show where an important character leaves... especially the lead and especially after there has been more than one season of the show. That's like a huge change. Regardless of whether the lead character is well-liked, the entire dynamic and heart of the show shifts without the person. It's hard to get into it. People hated on Elena so much, but I didn't mind her. I loved her chemistry with Stefan too. How have the latest episodes been without her? I didn't try watching. Are the episodes/plots still interesting?