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Ian Somerhalder Dr. Luther Swann shirtless with gun V Wars Season 1 finale Netflix

Netflix still hasn't announced a decision on V Wars Season 2. Season 1 of The Vampire Diaries alum Ian Somerhalder's much more grounded vampire show released all 10 episodes on December 5, 2019. Since then, Netflix has cancelled a couple of shows that debuted around the same time. But fans are still waiting on word about a V Wars Season 2 renewal, and Somerhalder is making sure the show stays on the radar.

Ian Somerhalder recently shared two clips from the Netflix series -- one pointing out how timely it is amid the coronavirus outbreak, and another from the Season 1 finale showing his shirtless Dr. Luther Swann ready to kick some ass in V Wars Season 2.

Ian Somerhalder's first clip is from first episode of V Wars, introducing his scientist character of Dr. Luther Swann. In the actor's video, we first see him tell the camera "Listen to this..." then the screen cuts to V Wars, with Dr. Swann delivering a speech to an audience:

If you ask me I don't think it's going to be asteroids or nuclear war that wipes us out, it's going to be this [points to a screen shot of a virus microbe.]

Here's how Ian Somerhalder captioned the start of that post, tying it to the current coronavirus outbreak infecting thousands around the world -- albeit in a very different way from V Wars turning some people into vampires:

Could #VWars be ANY MORE FRICKING TIMELY IF WE TRIED?! This is the scene where you meet my character in #VWars Scene 1 for Dr. Swann. When we were writing this scene, we knew we had a show about a virus that is spreading. SO. Right out of the gate we have to know that my character is a caring, kind and a well-respected Dr. in the field of infectious disease. Little did we know that the stock market was going to plunge and that entire countries would be quarantined. I hate what’s happening in our world right now but I’m so grateful to have access to the greatest epidemiologists in the world and I can’t wait to collaborate with you all telling this story in V Wars.

Ian Somerhalder, much like James Marsden with Stephen King's The Stand, is finding timely relevance for his TV show during the current virus outbreak.

V Wars is adapted from the series by Jonathan Maberry, and Ian Somerhalder worked on Season 1 for over a year before it premiered. He directed Episode 9 himself and he's also a producer on the whole series. He worked so hard on V Wars it put him in the hospital. Somerhalder and fellow lead star Adrian Holmes have talked about wanting to come back to explore more from Maberry's series in Season 2. Ian Somerhalder's clip caption ended with another request for fans to keep waching and finishing Season 1 so Netflix can see how many people want more:

If you haven’t seen it, stream it NOW TONIGHT on @netflix If you’ve started the show but haven’t finished- please finish it TODAY! Please share this and SPREAD the word. We are on to something and yes, this shit is scary. I have never been on a television show or in the film that had so much social relevance and timeliness in the world. Thanks for watching! Who wants MORE!
Xo Ian

Ian Somerhalder followed by re-posting IDW Entertainment's clip from the very end of V Wars Season 1. This is spoilery, but it shows Laura Vandervoort as Mila Dubov, along with Somerhalder's Dr. Luther Swann basically transforming into a muscled badass to get ready to take on the bad guys and rescue his son. This is the last shot before V Wars Season 2 ... if we get a V Wars Season 2:

Let's go, indeed! Daaaaamn, Damon still looks good. Ian Somerhalder's wife Nikki Reed -- no stranger to vampires from Twilight -- surprised fans with a strong supporting role in V Wars Season 1. Somerhalder has already said fans can help make Season 2 happen not just by watching all 10 episodes but also by rating the show high on sites like Rotten Tomatoes so Netflix can see the series is popular.

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As fans wait to hear the status of V Wars Season 2 -- not the mention the status of the world during this real virus outbreak -- you can always keep up with the vampire world of Legacies, the joint spinoff of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. Legacies Season 2 continues airing Thursdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.