Ian Somerhalder caused a frenzy earlier this week when he announced that The Vampire Diaries Season 8 will be the show’s final run. However, the actor is now singing a different tune, retracting his previous comment in a lengthy Twitter post on April 13.

The 37 year old actor surprised everyone at WalkerStalkerCon when he announced that The Vampire Diaries Season 8 will be the show’s last to give justice to the story.

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Somerhalder, who plays Damon Salvatore in the series, clarified that the show’s creators have not made a final decision yet.

“So let’s take things one step at a time: season seven wrap, vacation, lots of sleep, let the writers get started on season eight, and then we’ll all see where we go from there,” Somerhalder noted.

While the issue about The Vampire Diaries Season 8 has been settled, there’s much speculation about Ian Somerhalder’s potential departure. Co-star and original cast member Kat Graham already confirmed that season 8 will be her last on the show.

Speaking to Us Weekly, Graham said the cast and crew, which she considers her family, will be the “hardest thing to let go.”

As for Somerhalder, there are rumors that he might follow Graham and exit after season 8, leaving the show with Paul Wesley, Candice King and Zach Roerig as the remaining original cast members.

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If season 8 does indeed turn out to be the show’s last, Nina Dobrev is rumored to make her final return in Mystic Falls as Elena. According to HollywoodLife, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder will cooperate to give The Vampire Diaries the grand sendoff it deserves.

This year, The Vampire Diaries along with its spinoff The Originals were moved to a Friday time slot, which is dubbed a low-rated night for TV series. Both shows also waned in terms of expectations, having been bypassed by The Flash, indicating that the once cornerstone of The CW’s primetime lineup has come to age.