Why Vampire Diaries Ended With Season 8 (Was It Cancelled?) – Screen Rant

The Vampire Diaries was one of The CW's most popular series, but it surprisingly ended with season 8. Here's why season 9 didn't happen.

The Vampire Diaries ended after season 8, but was it canceled? The supernatural drama created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec was based on the book series of the same name written by L.J. Smith. The pilot aired in September 2009 and became the highest-rated premiere since The CWformed in 2006. Its success is why The Vampire Diaries ran for several years, with Plec confirming in 2016 thatThe Vampire Diaries would conclude the following year. But despite ending after season 8, the series' popularity led to two spinoffs:The Originals(which featured crossovers from several Vampire Diaries characters including Stefan Salvatore), and Legacies.

The Vampire Diariesput a signature twist on the usualyoung-adult, coming-of-age storylines. Elena Gilbert and her friends' growing pains included controlling their bloodthirsty impulses, figuring out how to channel powerful magic, dealing with a werewolf curse, and trying to remain human and alive in a town overrun with supernatural creatures. The driving force behind the series' popularity was the love triangle between Elena (Nina Dobrev), Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), and his older brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder), which ended with Elena choosing Damon. When Dobrev exitedThe Vampire Diaries after season 6, the show faced several obstacles: declining ratings, creative fatigue, and expiring contracts - all of which ultimately led to the series ending with season 8.

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Plec told THR that going into season 8, the future ofThe Vampire Diaries was still undecided. However, once it was clear the story would center around The Vampire Diaries' underworld, Plec felt the show was reaching its inevitable conclusion. And so, The Vampire Diaries concluded naturally without being canceled, though the announcement itself was a bit of a surprise.

"Once we started talking about quote-unquote 'hell' and quote-unquote 'peace,' which is theVampire Diariesversion of heaven, it felt like if we're telling those stories, and we're telling stories about our characters trying to find their ultimate redemption and salvation with the end result being peace or hell, then it certainly now feels like this is the last season. Because if you can't take those journeys all the way to their conclusion, then why are we telling these stories in the first place?"

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