The Vampire Diaries is well in to its seventh season, but is the hit CW vampire drama standing on its last leg? Showrunner Julie Plec reveals when the series will end and how Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley factor in to it.
Vampire Diaries fans know that the show has taken big hits and losses in the past, most famously and recently is the loss of actress Nina Dobrev, who played the pivotal role of Elena Gilbert. However, it seems the fate of the show now rests with the Salvatore brothers, Damon and Stefan, played by Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley.
According to the International Business Times, Julie Plec says that as long as Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley want to continue playing out the Mystic Falls story line, she will be there to write it. However, when the day comes that they choose to move on from the series, that’s when she’ll put her pen down.
“When they are ready to be done telling the story, I will put my pencil down and say that I’m done too, and then we will work together to end it in the best way possible. There’s always things that could go wrong in that scenario, there’s always pressure that can be put on, but… the three of us I’d like to think will make the creative decision of when the show should be over.”
As many Vampire Diaries fans know, Nina Dobrev’s exit was a hard blow to the series as Nina, who previously had a longtime relationship with co-star Ian Somerhalder, was the main character and the center of both Damon and Stefan’s affections for many years. In fact, it was there love for her that both brought them back together and caused them strain in their brotherly relationship. When Nina decided to leave the show, her character was written off in a way that would make it easy to bring her back if she changed her mind, or possibly for a series finale in the future.
Meanwhile, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley have seemed dedicated to the show, which has been one of the most popular series the CW has ever had, with fans being true to the show since the very beginning.
After Nina Dobrev’s exit, Paul Wesley weighed in on the series, and how much longer it may go, revealing that he can’t play a teenager forever.
“I think everything has to come to an end, man. First of all I’m playing a 17 year old. I’m 32 years old. So theoretically, if I were to stay on the show for say three more years, I would be a 35 year old playing a 17 year old, which is almost double. It’s more than double. It’s literally more than double!”
It’s true, The Vampire Diaries can’t go on forever, and fans are dreading the day that Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley decide it’s time to throw in the towel, but viewers know all of this and are just trying to enjoy the show while we still have it.
In addition, when The Vampire Diaries returns from it’s winter hiatus, the show will be airing on a different night. The series which has always aired on Thursdays will now be airing new episodes on Fridays and will still be followed by the spin-off series, The Originals. So, don’t miss the show when it returns on Friday, January 29 at 8 p.m.
What are your thoughts on the possible end nearing for The Vampire Diaries? Do you think Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley will continue to stick it out for much longer?
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