“Vampire Diaries” star Ian Somerhalder revealed that season eight of the CW hit series will be its last.
The actor appeared at the recent Nashville’s Walker Stalker Con and claimed that “The Vampire Diaries” will end after the upcoming season.
The Nashville’s Walker Stalker Con’s official Twitter account quoted Somerhalder saying: “We have decided to do one last season to really do the story justice.”
The actor was also heard saying at the convention: “My role is shifting in the show and we have a lot to do, basically,” Entertainment Weekly wrote.
Somerhalder earlier hinted that season seven may be its last.
Although CW and Warner Bros have yet to issue an official statement about the future of TVD, E! News noted that if Somerhalder leaves the series after season eight, it is likely the show will follow suit.
In January, TVD co-creator Julie Plec told E! News: “I finally realized that my destiny on this show, creatively, is tied into Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. And I mean that in a really good way. As long as those boys who I now consider my friends want to keep telling the story, then I won’t walk away from telling the story.”
“When they are ready to be done telling the story, I will put my pencil down and say that I’m done too, and then we will work together to end it in the best way possible. There’s always things that could go wrong in that scenario, there’s always pressure that can be put on, but…the three of us I’d like to think will make the creative decision of when the show should be over,” Plec added.
TVD star Kat Graham also revealed last week that she will be leaving the show after season eight.
“Season eight will be my last season. But you know what? Another season is a whole other year, and we’re going to blow it out,” she told US Weekly.
“The Vampire Diaries” is about to conclude its current season with a finale due to air on May 13. The show was renewed for an eighth season last month along with “The Originals” and nine other CW series.
Somerhalder directed his second episode of the series this season. The episode, titled “Days of Future Past,” aired earlier this month. He also directed an episode back in season 6.
“The Vampire Diaries” Season 7 airs Fridays at 8 p.m. on the CW.