Ian Somerhalder Hints 'The Vampire Diaries' Season 8 Could Be The Last

Is ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Season 8 The End? Ian Somerhalder Hints It Will Be

After the shock renewal of The Vampire Diaries, many wonder if there are any more seasons left in the show? Will it end with Season 8? Ian Somerhalder was asked, and he has hinted that it will.

The show is currently on a mini-hiatus, as is normal for CW shows this time of year. It will return on April 1, and the show will now be set three years into the future. Somerhalder’s character was last seen desiccated, but flash-forwards throughout Season 7 have shown what will happen to him. Up to this point, fans know that he has been pumped with werewolf toxin and he is willing to take on Rayna’s mark to save his brother, Stefan.

When talking about the Season 8 renewal of The Vampire Diaries, Somerhalder was ecstatic. He genuinely could not believe that the series is not closing out yet, and there will be 176 episodes by the end of next year. The way he said it, saying “And by the time it’s done,” he has hinted that there is not another Season in the show. However, he does seem to hint that he will be around for Season 8, which The Inquisitr previously reported may not happen.

‘Wow, man. You just navigated seven years, 154 episodes of television.’ And by the time it’s done, it’s going to be 176 episodes, by this time next year.”

It led to the direct question as to whether The Vampire Diaries would be canceled after Season 8, but Somerhalder could not answer. He was not certain, but he has admitted that there have been problems with losing track over recent years. Commenting on Season 8, he said there is a chance for the show to recapture what it was like in the very beginning, although some The Vampire Diaries will say that is not possible without Nina Dobrev.

Somerhalder admitted that Season 1 was the best, with big moments that were very simple to do. Elena questioning what Stefan was, and him saying he was a vampire, those were big moments – turning points for the show. Now, someone finding out a person is a vampire is no longer that big of a thing. It now requires blowing up cars and houses to get that same emotion. He wants the show to get back to the storylines that connect with viewers.

There were some chances to do that with The Vampire Diaries Season 7, but it did not quite have the same impact. Too many people were disappointed that Elena was definitely gone, and Dobrev was showing no signs of coming back. They missed the Delena scenes, and Stereoline scenes have not had the same impact.

According to Somerhalder, not all of the characters will be back for Season 8. He has hinted that there will be some characters leaving, with painful farewells, as early as the next episode. During his interview with TV Guide, he mentioned “characters,” which suggests a few are meeting their end. The storylines will tug at heartstrings too, so it seems that this is going to be more than a few characters leaving.

With the series jumping three years ahead, anything is now possible. Fan favorites can die, and characters can have their lives ripped from underneath them. Through the use of flashbacks, it is possible that The Vampire Diaries fans will see the end of Penny, who may have been Matt’s love interest, and the end of Enzo. The story three years in the future could also see the end of characters like Alaric, Tyler, and even Bonnie.

The Vampire Diaries returns on April 1 with “Days of Future Past,” directed by Somerhalder. It will continue now until May 13, when Season 7 will wrap. The Vampire Diaries Season 8 may be the last of the show – and a chance to bring it back to the show it once was.

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