So 'Vampire Diaries' Isn't Coming to an End After Season 8?

You should always be careful with your words. Sometimes you don’t want to offend someone. Or sometimes you don’t want to bring a premature end to the show you work on.
Following last weekend’s appearance at Walker Stalker Con in Nashville, Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder shocked fans when he revealed that next season would be the show’s last.
“We have decided to do one last season to really do the story justice,” he told fans at the convention.
But Somerhalder has spoken out on social media to seemingly come clear about what he said. According to his statement (via Twitter), he wasn’t saying that next season — season eight — would be the show’s last — but he believed it would be his last.

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 😉

Ultimately, like Somerhalder said, it is up to the network to make that decision, but The CW might decide to wrap things up given the departures of Somerhalder and also recently Kat Graham, who announced she will be departing after season eight.
Somerhalder himself sounded like he wasn’t sure if next season would be his last. I guess we’ll have to, what he said, wait and see what happens.
The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8/7c on the CW.

What are your thoughts on The Vampire Diaries possibly coming to an end after next season? Do you think the timing is right? Or does it still have some gas in the tank?

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