- “The Vampire Diaries” was a complete success back then –
- Fans still hope for a continuation of the series.
- Many now know that the series was born out of tragedy, but not many know what caused it to end.
- Is it just as dramatic? We took a closer look at it for you.
The beginning of the end
For eight whole seasons, fans witnessed the story of Damon and his brother Stefan Salvatore and their great love, Elena Gilbert. The series was based on the book series of the same name and was a huge success for the American television station The CW in its first season. Here in Germany, too, the series has a huge fan base to this day. All the more surprising was Elena’s actress Nina Dobrev’s decision to leave the series after six seasons. “I don’t want to play a teenage girl anymore. I want to play adult roles that challenge me and I want to work with great filmmakers and tell great stories“, Said Dobrev at the time about her exit. This decision came as a shock to the fans at the time: How should the series continue without Dobrev?
The decision was made by the makers
For the next two seasons, the makers of “The Vampire Diaries” have focused on other characters. In addition to the Salvatore brothers, the characters Caroline Forbes and Bonnie Bennett moved more into the spotlight. At the end of the day, however, the makers decided to end the series – without any external influences. The reason was – to put it mildly – more pragmatic, or should we rather say “logistic” in nature. “ There were some logistical and contractual things that made us wonder, ‘Okay if this person doesn’t come back, will the show still be good? What if she comes back but we don’t know by the end? ‘A lot of that stupid stuff that shouldn’t be talked about. Logistic stuff“Said showrunner Julie Plec about the decision. There it is: “The Vampire Diaries” ended due to logistical problems. Or probably because the makers thought it was time. More like a mixture of both!