It's hard to believe that we've already had seven seasons of The Vampire Diaries, each and every one providing us with a generous share of laughter, love and tears we've revelled in since we first stumbled upon Mystic Falls way back in 2009. And now, with a heavy heart, we are being forced to come to terms with the fact that The CW series is finally ending its run after the next season.
Here's a retrospective look back at everything our favorite vamp show gave us, relayed lovingly by the cast members in the official tribute clip below:
Indeed, slowly but surely the fact that the next season of The Vampire Diaries will be the last is sinking in.
And although we might not want to wave "goodbye" to one of the most adored shows on TV, let's try to look on the bright side and perhaps see the positives in all of this. Don't get me wrong, I love The Vampire Diaries as much as the next person but here are a few reasons why the fact that it's ending after Season 8 might actually be a good thing.
1. You Can Have Too Much Of A Good Thing
As the saying goes, "all good things must come to an end" and that's certainly the case with The Vampire Diaries. We've observed countless characters develop and evolve before our very eyes since 2009 and the show-runners' decision to end it at Season 8 is a tribute to just how much they care about the series.
By wrapping the show at a creative high, before it is exhausted and trampled to death like so many other projects riding the television waves, the producers will immortalize The Vampire Diaries for what it is, and will always be — a really, really good show.
Speaking of the final season, executive producer Julie Plec echoed these exactly sentiments, saying:
“It’s so rare for a show to get to last this long, and what a privilege that Mark Pedowitz and Peter Roth have allowed us to choose the time to end the journey on our own creative terms. It’s been eight of the best years of my life. I will miss it terribly, but I’m so proud to be here to see it to its proper end.”
Yes folks, it's simply time to let go.
2. Elena Gilbert Is Long Gone
Our hearts collectively broke when Nina Dobrev announced that she was going to be leaving at the end of the sixth season of The Vampire Diaries. After all, it all started with Elena Gilbert and she was an enormous presence on the show right from the very first episode.
Back then, Nina announced the big news of her departure via this heartfelt Instagram post:
No matter how hard we might try, there's no denying that The Vampire Diaries was simply never the same again following Dobrev's exit. Although the show may have pressed on, there was always a lingering Elena-shaped hole lurking beneath the surface of all of the drama. Even Nina's brief return in Season 8, now confirmed, cannot change that.
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3. It's Time The Actors Moved On
Following in Nina Dobrev's footsteps in exiting the show, other actors also started dropping off one by one and expressing desires to move on to greener pastures. And it's understandable. After all those years playing our beloved characters, they are now much older and it's probably high time that the Mystic Falls gang went on to flourish in other projects.
Despite being incredibly grateful for her personal journey on The CW, Kat Graham (Bonnie) announced that Season 8 will be her last. Then, Ian Somerhalder dropped a similar bombshell, marking an end of an era for hardcore fans of Damon Salvatore. Here was his announcement:
The fact that another two characters, integral to the show from the very beginning, decided to move on, is a clear indicator that Season 8 being the last season is probably a good thing. Without Elena, Bonnie and Damon, there's no use pretending that The Vampire Diaries wouldn't simply be a shell of the show that it once was.
With only two original characters remaining, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline (Candice King), maybe it's just time to make positive changes and move on. And let's not forget — we still have The Originals to sink our teeth into!
Do you think it's good The Vampire Diaries is ending?