October 14, 2016
'The Vampire Diaries' To Kill Off Damon In Season 8? 'This Is The Beginning Of The End, You Can't Save Me' [New Preview]

With the final season of The Vampire Diaries a week away, it looks like Damon Salvatore will find himself on the verge of death.

A new preview for Season 8 shows Damon (Ian Somerhalder) telling Stefan (Paul Wesley) the he can't save him this time. Will Damon finally meet his end in Season 8 of The Vampire Diaries?

According to E! Online, the season will pick up with Damon and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) feeding on humans after being influenced by the dark force from the Season 7 finale.

In one scene, Damon is shown talking to Stefan about the evil that possess him.

"This is it. This is the beginning of the end," he says. "You can't save me."

Enzo later echoed Damon's concerns, though he is more worried that the evil entity will never stop manipulating them.

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'The Vampire Diaries' cast and creator Julie Plec at Comic-Con 2016. [Image by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for SiriusXM]

"When does this end?" Enzo is shown asking Damon. "How many more bodies until you're full?"

While Damon and Enzo are off feeding their blood lust, Stefan, Bonnie (Kat Graham), and Caroline (Candice King) are trying to track them down and find a cure.

"Whatever we need to do, I'm in," Bonnie says in the preview.

The only problem is that none of them know how to stop the evil thing that is possessing Damon and Enzo.

In fact, they don't even know what it is, let alone how to save them.

Whatever ends up happening with Damon, fans can rest assured that The Vampire Diaries creator Julie Plec will wrap up his storyline without any loose ends.

"It's so rare for a show to get to last this long, and what a privilege that Mark Pedowitz and Peter Roth have allowed us to choose the time to end the journey on our own creative terms," Plec shared. "It's been eight of the best years of my life. I will miss it terribly, but I'm so proud to be here to see it to its proper end."

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Plec revealed that Season 8 will feature elements from previous seasons, including Founder's Day, a carnival, and Miss Mystic Falls.

Miss Mystic Falls on Season 1 of 'TVD.' [Image by Bob Mahoney/The CW]
Miss Mystic Falls on Season 1 of 'TVD.' [Image by Bob Mahoney/The CW]

The showrunner also shared how fans will see some of Stefan's origins as the Ripper of Monterey.

"This season is all about finally telling the stories that we've talked about over the years but have never seen," she explained. "In fact, we're shooting [a flashback] right now. And this one in particular is the time where Stefan was known as the Ripper of Monterey, so we'll get a little glimpse of that world, which we're all very excited about."

Plec planned on bringing back a decade dance this season but hasn't settled on a good theme yet.

"We've pitched and abandoned nine different decade dance episodes," she said. "We haven't quite found the one we like yet."

In regards to Stefan's romance with Caroline, News Everyday reports that the trailer did not show the characters becoming intimate.

This doesn't mean that all hope is lost for Caroline and Stefan shippers, but given Damon's desperate situation, things don't bode well for their future.

The biggest question remaining is whether or not Stefan and his team can track down Damon and fight off whatever thing is after him before it's too late.

At the end of the trailer, Damon is shown kicking Enzo into the pool of blood they've accumulated after he asks how much is needed to appease the entity.

Damon then resumes reading a copy of "Fifty Shades Grey" and looks like he's gone well over the deep end.

The eighth and final season of The Vampire Diaries begins Oct. 21 on The CW, check out the extended trailer below.

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