After eight seasons, The Vampire Diaries is ending tonight, March 10th. Recently, showrunner Julie Plec spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about ending the CW series. But what we want to know is: Would you have watched a ninth season of the show?
The supernatural drama revolves around the search for love and the battle between good and evil in the supernatural-charged town of Mystic Falls, Virginia. The cast includes Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham, Candice King, Zach Roerig, Matt Davis, and Michael Malarkey.
In the interview, Plec revealed part of the decision to end The Vampire Diaries came down to logistics:
There were a lot of things that went into [the decision to end the series]. Some logistics, some contractual, where you were just like, ‘OK, if this person doesn’t come back, is the show still going to be good? What if they do come back, but we don’t know until the end?’ A lot of that silly stuff you’re not supposed to talk about. Logistical stuff.”
However, when it came down to it, the decision was a creative one:
What it came down to for us was, let’s start talking about the season and see what it feels like, see what stories we want to tell, see where those stories take us. And then if it feels like it should be over, then it should be over.”
Later, Plec mentioned they weren’t able to tie up all the loose ends in the series finale:
We had two hit lists. We had one, who do we want to see again? Because in a season when we’re leading up to goodbye, being able to get one final look at some of our beloved characters was most important. And then the other was, what have we not resolved? In 171 episodes, what are those dangling chads that will haunt us until the end of time if we don’t get answers to those questions?
We just couldn’t find a place and a way to answer one — which plagued me because we tried. It’s certainly disappointing.”