Warning: Possible spoilers ahead!
Some viewers are still reeling from Nina Dobrev’s departure, but do they have to be tormented again with the rumored imminent death of a Salvatore? In one of the new episodes of The Vampire Diaries featuring a three-year flash-forward scene, Damon is seen chained into a news anchor chair filled with werewolf toxin.
The trap set Damon walked into was orchestrated by his mother Lily. “You’re not the fly I was hoping to catch,” Lily told Damon hinting that she still wanted Stefan to die. However, it turns out that the venom is hallucinogenic, and Damon’s not really talking to Lily because she’s been dead for years. If Damon won’t be able to get cure from any hybrid, he will eventually die.
Movies News Guide reports that Ian Somerhalder now considers leaving the supernatural drama series because he feels that viewers do not appreciate Damon anymore without Elena. He allegedly feels that Damon no longer leaves a mark on the viewers compared to when he was still with Elena. In an interview with Variety, Somerhalder expressed doubts over the future of The Vampire Diaries.
“I personally think everyone thought it was going to be a huge departure after Elena was gone. And I was one of those people. I thought it was going to be a huge departure for the typical formula of our show. By virtue of the fact that it wasn’t a huge leap for mankind, as far as changing it up, there were some differences that sort of mixed up the formula.”
Somerhalder is also allegedly in a panic when The Vampire Diaries was moved to a Friday timeslot. For viewers, the change is something to worry about because for them, when a show gets assigned to a Friday night, it’s typically a death sentence.
The current season of The Vampire Diaries hit rock bottom with its seventh episode “Mommie Dearest.” The episode garnered 1.10 million in viewership, the lowest in the show’s history. International Business Times provides a quick rundown of the show’s stats.
“The Vampire Diaries used to average 1.5 million views last year, it then dropped to only 1.2 million this year as per TV Series Finale’s reports. It actually had a huge decrease which is used to hit a 3.6 million average during its first season. It then continually decreased as time passed. As per the website, it wouldn’t be surprising if “The Vampire Diaries” would eventually end after season 7.”
Fans are wondering if Dobrev will make a return in an attempt to help the show recover its glory. However, the Let’s Be Cops actress said, “That chapter is closed, sadly.” Latin Post reports that Dobrev is searching for roles that would really push her out of her safety net.
“I’d rather wait for something really good — to be excited about a role, or a director, or a project. I’m not just going to accept something because it’s a lot of money. I’m an artist; content is incredibly important to me… I don’t just want to do things that are the pretty girl with lots of makeup, I want to get into the gritty stuff and get down and dirty and dark and really feed my soul and not my vanity.”
The Vampire Diaries and The Originals will have the new Friday slot starting Jan. 29, 2016. Flash, Legend of Tomorrow, and The 100 will be taking the Thursday slot.
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