The Vampire Diaries Season 7: Who Could Be Out?

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Yes, you read this headline correctly.

While The Vampire Diaries Season 6 doesn't premiere until October 2, we can't help but speculate about The Vampire Diaries Season 7 for one very good reason:

Only two of the show's three leads have signed on for a potential renewal, according to E! News, although it's unclear whether Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley or Ian Somerhalder is the one holding out.

Despite decreasing ratings, network sources confirm that Season 7 would be a strong likelihood if all three main stars stick around, though the early numbers for Season 6 will clearly play a factor in this decision.

Kristin Dos Santos, however, also says it's possible the series will go forth with only two of the three leads returning.

This is all speculation, of course. It's very early to make any kind of prediction.

But Julie Plec has said she has "plans" for Season 7 and executives at The CW have made it clear they want the show to go on... and on... and on.

As for which star may be hesitant to sign back on?

Nina Dobrev has a burgeoning film career (she currently stars in Let's Be Cops); Paul Wesley has hinted at times that he's a bit sick of playing nice guy Stefan; and Ian Somerhalder has a number of interests, most notably his charitable foundation, that could take him away from Mystic Falls.

Which actor/actress do you think hasn't signed a new contract yet? And would you want The Vampire Diaries with only two of Stefan, Elena and Damon?

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 1 airs on Thursday, October 2 at 8/7c.

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

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

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.