The Vampire Diaries Season 8: How Short Will It Be?

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The Vampire Diaries is coming to an end. 

That much was confirmed at the San Diego Comic Con panel for the CW drama. 

After 8 seasons on the air, the series will conclude early next year. 

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We're now hearing that The Vampire Diaries Season 8 will consist of 16 episodes. 

That will be the shortest order ever for the series, but it could be a really good way to send the series off the air. 

The Vampire Diaries Season 7 struggled to keep the full 22 episodes engaging, so trimming the order will help to keep the action flowing. 

There shouldn't be too much filler. 

It also means you'll get to see Elena sooner if Julie Plec manages to get her back. 

Sister series, The Originals only has 13 episodes, but that was to be expected considering the mid-season launch. 

It will be hard saying goodbye to The Vampire Diaries, but it's great knowing that there will be a conclusion. 

A lot of shows don't have the luxury of knowing when to start wrapping things up. 

The final season is expected to pick up with Damon and Enzo working with the root of all evil. 

Her name is Sybil and she will be played by UnReal's Nathalie Kelley. 

It should be intriguing to find out if she can actually mimic Nina Dobrev's Elena, or if that was some sort of mind trick she played on Damon on The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Episode 22

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The Vampire Diaries Season 8 premieres on October 21!

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Dear Diary, a chipmunk asked me my name today. I told him it was Joe. That lie, will haunt me, forever.


Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.