After a slightly anti-climactic season finale for “The Vampire Diaries,” which earned the lowest finale ratings in The CW vampire drama’s history, many fans may be wondering if it’s time to bid adieu to Mystic Falls and its inhabitants.
Ratings have never been an overly important issue for The CW, which is why so many fan-favorite shows have survived for so long on the network. “The Vampire Diaries” could conceivably continue on to Season 12 like its spooky counterpart “Supernatural,” so long as everyone involved wants to keep plugging away.
Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case, as many actors have started to make rumblings about leaving.
Kat Graham made a statement back in April, announcing that Season 8 of “The Vampire Diaries” would be her last. This came after her comments at the People’s Choice Awards that now might be the right time for the show to come to an end.
On top of that devastating loss, Ian Somerhalder also insinuated that next year would be the last for the show. While he quickly retracted the statement that “The Vampire Diaries” would be ending, he continued to imply that he’d be moving on to greener pastures after Season 8.
Now Matt (Zach Roerig) has left Mystic Falls as well, and while he’ll apparently be back for Season 8, it sounds like his role may be reduced.
With both Bonnie and Damon gone, it seems impossible to imagine the show continuing with the only two of its original characters, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice King), no matter how popular they may be.
Showrunner Julie Plec has stated many times that the show will go on for as long as Wesley and Somerhalder stay committed, but according to a recent Entertainment Weekly interview, the writers were waiting for renewal news until the last minute during Season 7.
“This year’s finale was really interesting because we didn’t know when we were shooting this season if we were going to have another season,” Plec says. “The burden became, ‘How do we make this as twisty and turny and as epic as we have in the past when 85 percent of it could have operated as a series finale if it had to?'”
Ever since Nina Dobrev exited the series, cancellation rumors have followed “The Vampire Diaries” around, but they always seem to dodge the axe. Now, it may be time to stop dodging and start wrapping up.
With the new CW lineup separating its vampire shows into spring and fall in favor of more superheroes, the fate of the show is ever more in the air. According to Deadline, no decision has been made about the show or the episode order for next year. “In my dreams it isn’t [the last season], but we will see how the audience will react,” says CW president Mark Pedowitz.
Now that “The Originals” is slated to air in the spring, could “The Vampire Diaries” Season 8 be planning to wrap up in the fall to make room for it?