Ian Somerhalder Confirms The Vampire Diaries to End After Season 8

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Well, those vamps had a good run.

Ian Somerhalder has just announced that The Vampire Diaries will be calling it quits after season eight.

Ian Somerhalder at Film Independent Spirit Awards

“We have decided to do one last season to really do the story justice,” the star revealed during an appearance at the WalkerStalkerCon in Nashville, Tenn.

It's hardly a shock, as the show's popularity has been waning for some time now, which was made especially evident when the network moved the program to the highly undesirable Friday night time slot.

However, it sounds as though the final decision was made fairly recently.

Last week, Kat Graham announced that she would be jumping ship after next season.

"Season 8 will be my last season," Graham told Us Weekly.

Perhaps she was unaware at the time that it would be everyone's last season.

"I just hope that whatever I do after, the crew can come with me," she added. "If the crew can come with me, then we'll be good. The crew is going to be the hardest thing to let go, because we are a family."

Well, she just may get her wish, because it looks like all of the crew members will be in need of new jobs.

Back in March, Somerhalder blamed the TVD ratings dip on his ex-girlfriend Nina Dobrev, who played Elena. He may have been partially correct, as she was one of the show's most popular characters.

Regardless of the reason, it's now official: the show will be no more after 2017. 

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