"The Vampire Diaries" Concludes after Eight Seasons of Epic High-Stakes Drama

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15 October 2016
The Vampire Diaries
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"The Vampire Diaries"
Season Premiere Friday, October 21 at 8 PM ET/PT on The CW

          "The Vampire Diaries" is the story of two vampire brothers obsessed with the same girl, who bears a striking resemblance to the beautiful but ruthless vampire the brothers knew and loved in 1864. This past season found those closest to Elena striving to redefine themselves in the wake of losing her.  Some recovered, while others slide back to their darkest selves.  Lily takes advantage of this rocky emotional terrain and worked to drive a wedge between her sons, even as she lost control of her volatile family. 

          As the Heretics took up residence in Mystic Falls, Matt stood up for the humans, while Bonnie’s fighter instincts hardened as she spent more and more time with Damon.  Alaric hit rock bottom before finding new hope in an impossible supernatural mystery—which was either to be his salvation, or the ultimate test of Stefan and Caroline’s love story. Looming over all the present-day suspense, flash-forwarded to three years in the future showed glimpses of a horrific supernatural threat with profound consequences for our heroes and Mystic Falls.


          In the season premiere, "Hello, Brother," Stefan continues his search for Damon and Enzo, months after they vanished from the armory vault; Caroline and Alaric fear for their family after a dangerous encounter with an unexpected visitor.

          The cast includes Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham Candice Accola, Zach Roerig, Matt Davis and Michael Malarkey.

         “It’s so rare for a show to get to last this long, and what a privilege that Mark Pedowitz and Peter Roth have allowed us to choose the time to end the journey on our own creative terms,” said Plec. “It’s been eight of the best years of my life. I will miss it terribly, but I’m so proud to be here to see it to its proper end.”

          "The Vampire Diaries" has meant so much to so many fans around the world, and has meant so much to all of us at The CW,” said Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW. “I am a huge fan of the show myself, and I’ve seen every episode. 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.”

          “I feel so blessed to have been a part of "The Vampire Diaries". It has been a magical, thrilling, life-changing experience,” said executive producer Kevin Williamson. “Working with Julie and our amazing cast and crew has been one of the highlights of my career and life. At its core, the show has always been about family and that’s what we have become behind the scenes as well — one big family. And while it’s sad to see it come to an end, I'm thrilled to be back and part of the final chapter. We’re very grateful to our loyal audience — they’re our family, too — and we hope to say thank you by giving them the last and most epic season ever. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

          “The sun, the moon and stars aligned for me one day in March when I got the official call that I had been cast in this very special role as Damon Salvatore,” said star Ian Somerhalder. “I’m so very grateful to those who fought for me to have this opportunity (you know who you are), for those that have worked so hard to make this show happen, and to those that have loyally watched it, making it part of their lives. This show has enriched my life greater than anything I’ve done in my career and it will live in my heart. We are a family and I will miss you. Thank you again to this amazing cast and crew, Kevin, Julie, Warner Bros., The CW and the most loyal fan base the world has ever seen. Wow, what a ride.”

          “Being cast in "The Vampire Diaries" has changed the trajectory of my life, to say the very least,” said star Paul Wesley. “I’m beyond fortunate for the experiences I’ve had and lessons I've learned over the last seven years. I want to thank Kevin and Julie, as well as Peter Roth and Warner Bros., Mark Pedowitz and The CW, our incredible cast and crew, and especially the TVD fans all around the world who are the reason this show became such a worldwide success. I am beyond grateful to have been a part of it.”
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