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The Vampire Diaries has been on the air for seven seasons now. It’s tenure on network TV makes it one of the longest-running programs on the CW. It has weathered cast members leaving and timeslot changes alike, but rumors in recent weeks have indicated that next season might be the last season for the vampire-oriented drama. Most of those rumors spawned from a comment made by series lead Ian Somerhalder last week. While his comments seemed credible at the time, the actor is now backtracking on his previous assessment. Here’s what he had to say:
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!
What he’s saying via social media is that the decision hasn’t been made, yet. After Ian Somerhalder made his initial statements about the series ending, showrunner Julie Plec also said no decisions have been made and that Season 9 and beyond could still happen. Still, it wasn’t exactly a shock when Ian Somerhalder made his initial statement. After all, his comments came just a few days after other TVD regular Kat Graham announced she would be done with the show after Season 8. The show could totally go on without her, but her departure would be yet another example of the show running out of steam.
Ian Somerhalder’s taking some shots at people for bringing up the earlier comments he made, but it isn’t as if his wording was particularly confusing. Here’s what he had to say about the show ending after Season 8.
We have decided to do one last season to really do the story justice.
Both the fact that he said “one last season” and talked about doing the story justice makes it seem as if The Vampire Diaries is working toward an eventual conclusion next season. It's the same sort of decision Hart of Dixie made. Last season, the show wrapped up its storyline before the CW would officially confirm the cancellation. It's possible TVD might be doing something similar. Or maybe it will live on for years to come.
Although, there's a good chance that Season 8 will prove to be the last for The Vampire Diaries, fans can remain excited about the fact the CW already announced the series will be returning for Season 8. We'll let you know when news about the 2016-2017 TV season breaks. For now, you can catch new episodes of The Vampire Diaries on Friday nights at 8 p.m. ET, only on the CW.