The Vampire Diaries may be on the verge of cancellation as the series starts to wrap up the second half of Season 7. Following Nina Dobrev’s exit at the end of last season, fans have long wondered how long the show could go on without one of its main characters. With a possible cancellation looming, Ian Somerhalder admitted that the future of the series was not high on his list of priorities.
During an interview with ET Online, the Vampire Diaries star addressed the cancellation rumors head on. In particular, Somerhalder revealed that the cast and crew of the show are not worried about the network pulling the plug on the series. Instead, they are all concentrating on ending Season 7 in the best way possible.
“It’s something that everyone is talking about and there is a lot of speculation about it because we’re so far into it. I’ll be honest with you, right now we’re just trying to get through this one and just make this a really, really good season of television,” Somerhalder explained. “We just want to get through this year and make it good and we’ll see what comes about. That’s all we’re trying to do, but you’ll be the first to know.”
With Dobrev no longer a part of the show, the series has explored alternative storylines in Season 7. This included focusing on Somerhalder and Paul Wesley’s characters and their battle with the Phoenix Stone.
At the same time, the show has featured more episodes directed by Wesley and Somerhalder, which is definitely a strong point this season. In fact, Somerhalder is currently working on the finishing touches on the episode he directed this season.
“I’m going to be editing my episode all night, and that’s just kind of my main focus right now,” he shared. “Other than that, I’m just hanging with my wife [Nikki Reed] and my babies — our babies, all these furry creatures that we have.”
Meanwhile, Celebrity Dirty Laundry is reporting that Somerhalder recently took to social media to try and gather fan support for the show. With rumors of a cancellation gaining ground, many fans took his efforts as a desperate move and clear indication that the end of the show may be sooner than expected. “Come on WEST COAST and MOUNTAIN TIME ZONES!” Somerhalder wrote on Twitter. ” #TVD #TVDfridays is about to happen! Turn on those TV SCREENs – go out later, it’s Friday ;).”
The Vampire Diaries was recently moved to a new time on Friday nights. This could be one reason why Somerhalder felt the need to take to Twitter and remind fans about the show. Even if this is true, it just goes to show how desperate the network is to bump up ratings, which is one reason behind the decision to move the show to a new night.
In addition to the low ratings, it isn’t clear if Somerhalder will be sticking around on the show for much longer. After all, Somerhalder has expressed a desire to start a family of his own in the past. Will he give up his role on The Vampire Diaries in order to help Nikki Reed raise their kids? “Well, you know, those are the coolest things in the world,” Somerhalder told ET. “Standby.”
At this point, the fate of The Vampire Diaries is unknown. Considering all the signs and changes in the past year, things don’t look well for the long-standing series. Whatever ends up happening, fans can expect the network to announce something in the coming weeks as the hit show wraps up its latest season.
The seventh season of The Vampire Diaries continues Friday nights on The CW.
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