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It’s hard to imagine The CW without The Vampire Diaries. The supernatural drama is one of the longest running shows on the network and harkens back to an era when vampires were everywhere. Regardless, all good things must come to an end, and some recent comments from series lead Ian Somerhalder seem to indicate that the end might be coming for The Vampire Diaries. When speaking at Walker Stalker Con this weekend, the actor stated the show has one last season in the cards. Here’s what he had to say exactly:
We have decided to do one last season to really do the story justice.

Alright, so the quote from Walker Stalker Con is not a ton to go off of, but it is a pretty clear statement. Currently, The Vampire Diaries is airing its seventh season on the network and has weathered some major changes, including losing some big name stars--like Nina Dobrev--and getting shuffled off to Friday nights on the schedule. It’s doing pretty decently in the new timeslot, to the point where The CW ultimately opted to renew the series for the 2016-2017 season (along with all of the network’s other originals).

Ending The Vampire Diaries after Season 8 also makes sense for the veteran program, considering some of the other news we’ve heard about the series in recent weeks. Just a few days ago, TVD actress Kat Graham also revealed that Season 8 would be her last with the CW program. Graham has been playing Bonnie on the series since Season 1 and would be missed if she decided to leave the drama. However, it seems the series might actually end before she decides to leave.

It should be noted The CW has not made a firm statement regarding the end of The Vampire Diaries yet. The network will get to make the final call on whether or not the series continues to move forward after next season. Still, the signs are clear. If The Vampire Diaries were to live on past Season 8, there is guaranteed to be at least one major actress leaving. Ian Somerhalder and some of the other actors and actresses might choose to leave, too.

Since the show is already renewed for Season 8, that should give the series a really nice amount of time to wrap up its storyline in a way that should be satisfactory for fans. The even better news is that the Season 8 renewal ensures there are actually still quite a few episodes left to come, as Season 7 isn't set to end just yet, either. For now, you can catch new episodes of The Vampire Diaries on Friday nights at 8 p.m. ET, followed by the CW's other vampire-based drama, The Originals. In addition, here's what else the network has coming out this summer.