It’s been a long and emotional ride, but it was announced today during the SDCC panel that Season 8 of The Vampire Diaries will be it’s last. The also announced that co-creator Kevin Williamson would be returning as writer for the final season.
Co-creator Julie Plec was almost in tears making the announcement, and described it as “bittersweet and emotional”. That emotion can be seen in the video above, which takes you on the ride through the last 7 years in Mystic Falls, and it’s fair to say, they’ve been through a lot!
We’ve seen a number of hints recently that this may be the final season, so the news doesn’t come as a huge surprise. Actor Ian Somerhalder accidentally let the news slip a few months back, before retracting it later on. The finishing of TVD will also give it’s US network, The CW, a bit of room to breath. The only show they chose to cancel during the May renewals this year was one of Plec’s other shows, Containment, so this would free up some space for new drama.
“I am a huge fan of the show myself, and I’ve seen every episode.” commented The CW president Mark Pedowitz. “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 of The Vampire Diaries will consist of 16 episodes, and Plec promises “it’s going to be an epic ride”.
The Vampire Diaries season 7 is currently airing on ITV2.