Is “Vampire Diaries” about to lose another big star? Will actor Ian Somerhalder leave after season 7? Rumours about the show’s end have been swirling about for a while now. Will his character Damon jump ship before the series gets cancelled? Below, we round up all the signs that Damon’s story is about to end.

1. Is Damon  about to die?

According to Movie Pilot, a recent spoiler seems to suggest that Damon might die in the next episode. The alleged cause of death? “An attempt to make things right with his brother.” Damon is expected to offer to “have Stefan’s scar magically transferred to him…only to discover that doing so may come with some unexpected consequences.” Could this “unexpected consequences” include death?

2. Elena Gilbert’s exit changed everything?

Earlier last year, the show’s main protagonist Elena (played by Nina Dobrev) left Mystic Falls. Movie Pilot suggests that “history may be repeating itself” with Somerhalder.

3. Might Elena Gilbert return?

While Dobrev’s exit could’ve inspired his own, her return reportedly might make him want to leave too. Hollywood Life earlier reported that Elena might come back. Will Damon leave because he does not want to be there when she does?

4. Slipping ratings?

TV Series Finale earlier reported that ratings for the once hit show have been slipping. Season 7 only got an average of 0.53 in the 18-49 demographic. This is low compared to its average rating of 0.72 last season.

5. Is the show really about to get cancelled?

Actress Kat Graham earlier said “it could be the right time” for the show to wrap up. Does Somerhalder feel the same way?

“Vampire Diaries” lost actress Nina Dobrev last year. Is it about to lose Ian Somerhalder too? No word as of yet to confirm this. And the list above is mere speculation. Stay tuned for updates.