Ian Somerhalder Clarifies Vampire Diaries Comments: On Second Thought...

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Can Ian Somerhalder have a do-over, please?

What, Damon Worry? - The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Episode 4

The actor made pretty big news last weekend at Nashville's Walker Stalker Con when he stated very simply that The Vampire Diaries would come to an end after Season 8.

"We have decided to do one last season to really do the story justice," Somerhalder said plainly, not too long after The CW renewed the long-running drama.

Makes sense, right?

Ratings are down. The series has been moved to Friday nights. Kat Graham has made it clear that Season 8 will make her concluding run on the show.

That's all true. And, if we were to place a wager, we'd still say that The Vampire Diaries wraps next year.

But that doesn't mean it's official.

"Last weekend I talked to an audience at a Q&A about the end of #TVD and how excited I was to make what I believe - my last year - be as great as possible," Somerhalder Tweeted on Wednesday, adding:

"Somehow in my infinite wisdom and end-of-season foggy brain, I managed to make it sound like the show was coming to an end. Cut-to the press running stories that the show would be done after Season 8."

Well, yeah. That is what you said.

Is it not the case?

"Thing is, the people who actually make that decision (the CW and WB) haven't made it yet!

"So let's take things one step at a time: Season 7 wrap, vacation, lots of sleep, let the writers get started on Season 8, and then we'll all see where we go from there.

"Until then, much love."

What do you think, though, fans?

SHOULD The Vampire Diaries continue past Season 8? Or has the time come for Julie Plec and company to write toward a more immediate end game/

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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.

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon