After an incredible run, amassing five seasons and over 79 episodes, the fifth season of The Originals will mark its conclusion. The hit vampire show is a spinoff of The CW's juggernaut The Vampire Diaries and focuses on Original vampires Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikealson.
The shocking announcement was made by the show's executive producer, Julie Plec, who took to social media to post an emotional letter to fans. Check it out below:
This announcement comes just one year after it was revealed that The Vampire Dairies would end after its eighth season. Plec noted the similarities, stating:
"[I]t's been a year since we announced the end of 'The Vampire Diaries'. It feels only fitting to use this anniversary to make a second farewell announcement:
This year we invite you to help us say goodbye to 'The Originals', which begins shooting its fifth and final season on Monday."
She commented on both the gift and burden of being able to control the ending of a #TV series, reminiscing about how she celebrated the completion of #TheVampireDairies. She then concluded by inviting fans to join them at #SDCC2017 to celebrate the show's final season, commenting:
"Celebrate with us, cry with us, visit with us, watch us next Spring when we air... and know that in a show about an immortal family who believes in "Always and Forever", it's never really the end of the story".
Always & Forever
The Originals began airing in 2013 and went on to become one of The CW's most popular shows at the time. Given that it was a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries, it's no surprise that it did considerably well. However, the show managed to carve its very own fanbase and in recent years, occasionally garnered more viewers than its parent show.
Focusing on the Mikaelson siblings, the show prided itself on highlighting the importance of family, whether it was during Klaus's endless quests to protect Hope,or Rebekah's emotional speeches. And that is what set the show apart from The Vampire Diaries, and allowed it to craft its very own legacy with a devoted "family" of fans.
All good things must come to an end, and it appears that not even immortal Original vampires can defy this rule. And while this is undoubtedly sad news for fans of the show, we should take this opportunity to celebrate everything that The Originals has accomplished in its almost five-year run.
Despite being a spinoff of one of The CW's biggest ever shows, The Originals managed to set itself apart, giving some of The Vampire Diaries' most interesting characters the screen time they deserved. Moreover, it even managed to outlast its parent show, remaining on the air for two more seasons, as it kept the network's #vampire legacy alive and well.
With Season 5 set to debut sometime next year, and a guaranteed appearance from Vampire Diaries star Candice King, it's possible that they could have saved the very best for last. And despite its imminent end, The Originals will be in our hearts "Always & Forever."
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