The Vampire Diaries will end its seventh season on May 13, 2016, and while it has been renewed for an eighth season, rumors suggest that it may be its last.
Ever since main actress Nina Dobrev — who portrayed heroine Elena Gilbert — left The Vampire Diaries after six seasons, fans have been wondering when the show will end all together. For its part, though, The Vampire Diaries has been able to keep the series going strong this past season without its main character.
However, other main cast members have recently announced that the eighth season of The Vampire Diaries will be their last. Kat Graham, who plays witch Bonnie Bennett, just announced that she will be leaving after the upcoming eighth season. According to TVLine, Kat Graham issued the statement, saying, “Season 8 will be my last season. I just hope that whatever I do after, the crew can come with me. … The crew is going to be the hardest thing to let go, because we are a family.”
But for fans of Bonnie Bennett and The Vampire Diaries, Kat Graham promised that the next season won’t disappoint.
“Another season is a whole other year and we’re going to blow it out.”
As for Ian Somerhalder — who plays vampire Damon Salvatore — and love interest to Elena Gilbert, he also announced that the eighth season of The Vampire Diaries will be his last. However, his comments led to speculation that it would be the last for everyone on The Vampire Diaries. Those comments from Ian Somerhalder came in Nashville, Tennessee, earlier this month.
“We have decided to do one last season to really do the story justice.”
The CW, which airs The Vampire Diaries, was quick to denounce this statement, insisting that in regards to an end date, “No decision has been made,” a representative from the CW explained.
“Hey all, so… Last weekend I talked to an audience at a Q&A about the end of #TVD and how excited I was to make what I believe – my last year – be as great as possible. Somehow in my infinite wisdom and end-of-season foggy brain, I managed to make it sound like the show was coming to an end. Cut-to the press running stories that the show would be done after Season 8. Thing is, the people who actually make that decision (the CW and WB) haven’t made it yet! So let’s take things one step at a time: Season 7 wrap, vacation, lots of sleep, let the writers get started on Season 8, and then we’ll all see where we go from there. Until then, much love ;)”
Even if Kat Graham and Ian Somerhalder leave, The Vampire Diaries has shown that it has been able to give more prominence to other supporting characters in an effort to continue its storylines. The Vampire Diaries has actually had a history of killing off characters and then bringing them back in other ways, whether as vampires or ghosts.
The Vampire Diaries was created by Julie Plec, and in an interview with Vulture, she wanted to assure fans that the end of the show — whenever it might be — will be satisfying to everyone.
“Ever since Nina said good-bye, I’ve had a pretty clear ending in my head, which thankfully works wherever I put it. If it’s next year at the end of season eight, great. If it’s the end of season nine, great. Whatever gets us to that moment will change a lot over the next year or two, but that actual last sequence is pretty written in my head already.”
The eighth season of The Vampire Diaries will return to the CW in October of this year, and only then will fans know the fate of their show.
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