Following Nina Dobrev’s exit from The Vampire Diaries last season, many have wondered about the fate of the series. Questions about a looming cancelation have surfaced throughout Season 7, but still the series has managed to reinvent itself with a new direction and storyline. However, will the show be able to continue for much longer without one its main characters? Will Season 7 be its final run?
According to Movie News Guide, there is a very real possibility that The Vampire Diaries will end after this season. While no concrete evidence of a cancellation has been produced, these rumors center on the idea that some cast members, including Ian Somerhalder, are ready to move on with their careers.
However, during an interview with ET Online, Ian Somerhalder promised fans that the producers and writers of the show were working hard at putting together an exciting season. At the same time, the actor did admit that the future of the series was still unknown.
“That’s all we’re trying to do, but you’ll be the first to know,” he stated.
Fortunately, executive producer Julie Plec recently sat down with E! Online and discussed the challenges of moving forward without Dobrev’s Elena. In particular, Plec revealed that the fate of The Vampire Diaries rests solely on the shoulders of its two lead actors, Somerhalder and Paul Wesley.
“I finally realized that my destiny on this show, creatively, is tied into Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. And I mean that in a really good way,” she shared. “As long as those boys who I now consider my friends want to keep telling the story, then I won’t walk away from telling the story.”
Plec went on to reveal that whenever Somerhalder and Wesley decide to quit, they will work together in ending the series in a good way. While this might not comfort some fans who would like to see the show carry on, it is nice to know that things won’t end without a sense of closure.
“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,” Plec explained. “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.”
Meanwhile, with the show proving that it can find success without Dobrev, is there a new love interest in Stefan’s future? According to E! Online, Wesley’s character is starting to warm up to Caroline (Candice Accola) in a similar manner as Dawson’s Creek’s Joey (Katie Holmes) and Pacey (Joshua Jackson). The only twist is that Elena is the Dawson in this comparison.
In fact, their growing relationship, which actually started out as a friendship, is something that Plec foresaw way back in Season 2.
“I remember the day that I knew it was a friendship that was meant to grow and grow and grow and see if we could go anywhere with it,” she told the outlet. “And that was episode two of season two.”
Whether or not there is enough time in the series for their relationship to grow into a romance is yet to be seen. Either way, Stefan has been stepping up his game in recent episodes, making sure that Caroline’s needs are being met as he attempts to retain her friendship.
The seventh season of The Vampire Diaries continues Friday nights on The CW.
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