‘The Vampire Diaries’ to End After Eight Season Run

'The Vampire Diaries' SDCC 2016 credit: warner bros
'The Vampire Diaries' SDCC 2016

Ian and Candice don’t like the looks of the show’s newest big bad! Credit: Warner Bros./The CW

“All good things must come to an end.” While hard to hear at times, this common saying is true in every instance. Nothing can last forever, not even a show about immortal vampires. This weekend, the cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries announced that the upcoming eighth season will be its last. Throughout its run, the show has dealt with its biggest evil characters. Katherine Pierce (Nina Dobrev), one of Elena’s many dopplegangers; Niklaus ‘Klaus’ Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan), original vampire turned hybrid – whose character became so popular that Klaus and the rest of the Mikaelson family got their own spinoff series, The Originals; Malachai ‘Kai’ Parker (Chris Wood), and many more. Next season, they face their biggest foe yet: evil herself.

With the show ending and this being the biggest threat Stefan, Damon, and co. have faced, will immortality be a thing of the past?

During the supernatural show’s panel, the cast and producers discussed the decision to end after 8 seasons. Per the Warner Brothers press release, showrunner/executive producer Julie Plec said:

“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. 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.”

Executive producer and co-creator of the show, Kevin Williamson, is actually returning to the series for a final hurrah. He had this to say about the end:

“I feel so blessed to have been a part of The Vampire Diaries. It has been a magical, thrilling, life-changing experience. Working with Julie and our amazing cast and crew has been one of the highlights of my career and life. At its core, the show has always been about family and that’s what we have become behind the scenes as well — one big family. And while it’s sad to see it come to an end, I’m thrilled to be back and part of the final chapter. We’re very grateful to our loyal audience — they’re our family, too — and we hope to say thank you by giving them the last and most epic season ever. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

We can’t forget the leading men playing the now-infamous Salvatore brothers, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley.

Ian Somerhalder:

“The sun, the moon and stars aligned for me one day in March when I got the official call that I had been cast in this very special role as Damon Salvatore. I’m so very grateful to those who fought for me to have this opportunity (you know who you are), for those that have worked so hard to make this show happen, and to those that have loyally watched it, making it part of their lives. This show has enriched my life greater than anything I’ve done in my career and it will live in my heart. We are a family and I will miss you. Thank you again to this amazing cast and crew, Kevin, Julie, Warner Bros., The CW and the most loyal fan base the world has ever seen. Wow, what a ride.”

Paul Wesley:

“Being cast in The Vampire Diaries has changed the trajectory of my life, to say the very least. I’m beyond fortunate for the experiences I’ve had and lessons I’ve learned over the last seven years. I want to thank Kevin and Julie, as well as Peter Roth and Warner Bros., Mark Pedowitz and The CW, our incredible cast and crew, and especially the TVD fans all around the world who are the reason this show became such a worldwide success. I am beyond grateful to have been a part of it.”

To help us ease the pain the cast and producers created a farewell video, complete with memories of their time on the show and what they’ll take from it overall.

Released the following day was a short teaser of what we can expect from the final big bad on the supernatural show.

What are your thoughts on this being The Vampire Diaries’ final season? Sad, confused, excited?
Look on the bright side: we still have 16 episodes left of the series (season eight will not have its typical 22 full season order) to enjoy, not to mention an entire spin-off series, The Originals (which this writer is hoping will stick around for at least a couple more seasons).

The Vampire Diaries airs its final season on Friday, October 21st at 8/7c on the CW.

Have a favorite moment from the show you’d like to share? Or perhaps you had an awesome experience with one of the cast members? Leave them in the comments below! I’d love to hear them!

Source: Warner Bros. Press Release