The last entry into “The Vampire Diaries” is about to be written.
During its Comic-Con panel in San Diego, Julie Plec, showrunner of the veteran CW drama, announced that the upcoming eighth season will be the show’s last.
“We all have discussed it and we’ve made the decision that this is it. This is going to be the final season of “The Vampire Diaries”. It’s bittersweet and emotional and we’re all going to be crying in a minute. It’s been a beautiful run…. Get ready, because it’s going to be an epic ride.”
According to TVLine, Plec hopes to get Nina Dobrev, whose voice was heard during the final moments of the seventh season finale, back before the camera before the show disappears.
“It’s what she and I kind of agreed on when she decided to move on, and it’s what I’ve got in my head,” Plec explained. “Obviously things can change throughout time, if the show goes on longer than we expect it to, or if we all collectively decide it would be fun to bring her back earlier, and she wanted to. … I’m sticking with my side of the plan, which is to bring her back at the very end.”
CW president Mark Pedowitz released the following statement about the decision shortly after the news broke on Comic-Con:
“”The Vampire Diaries” has meant so much to so many fans around the world, and has meant so much to all of us at The CW. I am a huge fan of the show myself, and I’ve seen every episode. So I am very happy that we can give Julie and Kevin the chance to finish their story the way they have envisioned, and to give viewers a fantastic conclusion to eight spectacular seasons.”
The final season will be a bit shorter, consisting of 16 episodes.