The Vampire Diaries ended after season 8, but why?
The Vampire Diaries was a supernatural drama created by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the series of books of the same name, written by LJ Smith.
The pilot aired in September 2009 and became the most-watched debut in The CW’s history. His success ended up leaving The Vampire Diaries on the air for several years until Plec confirmed in 2016 that the series would end the following year.
But, despite ending after season 8, the series’ popularity spawned two spin-offs: The Originals (which featured crossovers with various characters from The Vampire Diaries, including Stefan Salvatore) and Legacies. Only, to this day, many fans wonder why the CW channel ended the series. Now we reveal!
The Vampire Diaries made “twists” their trademark, winning over young adults and coming of age. The growing pains of Elena Gilbert and her friends included controlling their bloodthirsty impulses, figuring out how to channel powerful magic, dealing with the werewolf curse, and trying to remain human and alive in a city overrun by supernatural creatures.
The driving force behind the series’ popularity was the love triangle between Elena (Nina Dobrev), Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), and her older brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder). But the series ended with Elena choosing Damon.
However, when Dobrev left The Vampire Diaries after season 6, the series faced several obstacles: declining ratings, creative fatigue, and expired contracts. And it was exactly this combination that led to the end of the series in season 8.
CW canceled the series?
Before season eight debuted, Plec told THR that he did not know the fate of the series. This is a sign that, at the beginning of season eight, she still hoped to continue for a few more years.
Except that the eighth season had the worst overall audience in the series and, in the middle, it was decided that this would be the last year. Rumor has it that the channel quietly canceled The Vampire Diaries to invest in derivatives. It was then that Plec had time to elaborate a final story and also bring Nina Dobrev to the final episode.
Plec explained that he felt the need to end the story. Therefore, we believe that it was a combination of convenience, with the low audience and wear of the plot.
Dobrev’s departure forced the series to focus on the strained relationship between Damon and Stefan, and The Vampire Dairies began their descent on a darker path.
The Salvatore brothers recalled old grudges while fighting villains seemed to be smaller versions of what the public had seen before.
Also, they lacked complex backgrounds and the charisma of characters like Klaus Mikaelson, Katherine Pierce, and Kai Parker. The romantic couples broke up, and the series creators ignored fans’ desire to explore on-screen chemistry between Damon and Bonnie Bennett or Caroline Forbes and Klaus Mikaelson. Likewise, there was no longer a compelling love story for audiences to root for.
Even a three-year leap in time failed to give the series a new life, as the end of season seven was an audience fiasco.
Plec later acknowledged the difficult logistics he had in maintaining the series. Facing religious constructions like “hell” seemed extreme even for The Vampire Diaries. Of course, the series did not end as Williamson and Plec originally planned, and there are many “what ifs” around Dobrev’s departure. After all, things could have been different, if she had stayed.