The Vampire Diaries Season 8: Will This Be It?

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The CW dropped some great news on Vampire Diaries Fanatics this month:

The show has been renewed for Season 8.

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But Ian Somerhalder recently spoke to TV Guide and delivered some bad news, even if it's pretty expected news for anyone that has been following The Vampire Diaries and its ratings of late.

"Can you believe this sh-t? F-cking seven years! Isn't that crazy?" Somerhalder said, gushing over how far the show has come. 

"We have another year now... [This morning] I just thought, 'Wow, man. You just navigated seven years, 154 episodes of television.' And by the time it's done, it's going to be 176 episodes, by this time next year."

That's a rather strong indication that TVD will come to an end after Season 8, isn't it?

Somerhalder did add, however, that he has no direct knowledge that the series will wrap up in 2017.

But he does hope Season 8 focuses on the "wonderful core group of characters that navigated the treacherous waters of what is Mystic Falls" as a type of swan song.

Long before that, though, The CW will air The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Episode 16, which Somerhalder actually directed.

"This one was really about telling the story of this whole group of individuals and how they're all intersecting. And we lost some very wonderful, very beautiful characters in this episode," he previews.

"It was just about tugging on the heartstrings of the audience and really allowing them to feel these characters."

Do you think The Vampire Diaries Season 8 should be it?

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.

All I know is that right now I wanna rip your clothes off right here in the middle of this hall and throw you in one of these classrooms and kiss every square inch of your body, while a bunch of people who drive minivans listen wishing they were us.