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The Vampire Diaries ended earlier this year, and while there were a some fans with complaints, many seemed content with how the series ended. While co-creator Julie Plec does deserve some credit for the way the series wrapped up, she recently stated that had it not been for a few compromises with co-creator Kevin Williamson, things could've ended a lot differently. Plec had this to say about what might have happened:
So while Julie Plec did get her dream of having flash-forwards in The Vampire Diaries finale, called "I Was Feeling Epic," she had to compromise to only push things forward a little bit. Now that it's been done, Plec now agrees with Kevin Williamson that it made things more impactful overall. The compromise really shows the amount of faith Plec and Williamson had in each other throughout the show's run, as Plec remarked to EW that she wanted The Vampire Diaries finale to be an episode fans list among their favorite finales. Having said that, Plec also mentioned she was aware at the time it aired that the finale wouldn't please every fan, but that she ultimately was more interested in making a finale for fans who wanted to see the relationship between the brothers resolve.
Speaking of Stefan and Damon, Julie Plec also shared that it wasn't always a sure thing that Stefan was going to be the one to sacrifice himself. In fact, Plec said The Vampire Diaries team had sold themselves on killing off the older brother when Kevin Williamson entered the room and changed everyone's mind by just asking a couple simple questions:
As to whether or not she would change anything about The Vampire Diaries finale now that its aired, Julie Plec wouldn't go into specifics about what she wished they hadn't done. She did give a clue, however, and stated that there was an event that had something to do with kissing, and that's going to be as much as fans of the series will hear from her about it for the time being.
Any fan now wishing to binge the entirety of The Vampire Diaries can currently do so by streaming the series on Netflix. For a look at some shows that will be available to watch in the final days of December, visit our fall premiere guide. Anyone wishing to see what's ahead for TV in 2018 can find out by heading over to our midseason premiere guide. Those wondering which shows were canceled in 2017 will find out upon visiting our cancellation guide.