Undead or not, even vampires can’t escape the TV network’s chopping board!
The Vampire Diaries has consistently been one of the CW’s best performing show’s since it began way back in 2009, but it seems the show could soon be coming to an end. This Fall will see the sixth season premiere, but the show’s fate after this point is yet to be confirmed.
One of the show’s stars since its beginning, vampire heartthrob Ian Somerhalder has added fuel to the fire of finality, hinting that The Vampire Diaries could finish after season six, saying, “It very well could be our last [season]. I think now that there’s a finality to it, everyone’s really realising that this is a very important time in our lives. We created some very cool storytelling.”
As for that ‘finality’, when the show returns to our screens for its October 2nd premiere, Somerhalder’s character Damon will only feature in girlfriend Elena’s drug-fuelled hallucinations. The season five finale saw Damon and witch Bonnie Bennett left on The Other Side when it collapsed, leaving huge question marks over their fate on the show.
As well as this, as of early August only two of the show’s three main stars had signed on for a seventh season, according to E! Online. Although they were unsure as to which of Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley were yet to confirm their involvement, the lack of any of them could hugely upset fans, and have a massive effect on the possibility of a pick-up for a seventh season.
Speaking last month at San Diego Comic-Con, showrunner Julie Plec told E!, “I think the show will go as long as the actors want the show to go. You know, look, everybody’s under contract. I know that we’ve got plans for season six, we’ve got plans for season seven. I know that our bosses have plans for seasons eight, nine, and ten. I said I want to be part of it as long as I know I could keep telling good stories and as long as the ensemble people that I work with want to be there and are committed and dedicated. So, so far so good, you know. We’ll see how long we can stay, doing it well. We’ll make sure that we don’t start sucking.”
So make of all that what you will! As much as I love the show, I do think the end may be near, not least to allow the actors to explore other opportunities. In addition to this, its hard to get to a sixth, seventh, or eighth season and still have exciting, new storylines! No matter what, it seems we may still have a few years left on spin-off The Originals, which is entering its second season this October, leaving plenty of room for our favourite characters to jump ship to New Orleans.
You can catch season six of The Vampire Diaries when it returns to the CW October 2nd.
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