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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I really want Ian and Nina to still be in it.i love Damon and if he left and would die inside!🌈😢

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If anyone leaves I ain't watchin the show and it's beyond messed up if there not a ending to it.. it's like a waste of life if there no conclusion... Like Kyle xy that made me mad! Btw Ian eyes are so incredible, I think he's hot! And u guys are actors! Don't get involved with co workers if your gunna bail out! Like seriously u guys broke up.. ok that's fine but this is your job put it behind u and show your fans the amazing tv stars you are.. I want Ian and Nina to stay together honestly but if u guys don't make a new one I won't start any other series with any of u guys acting because I feel like I'm gunna waste my life on it.. do it fans a favor and suck it up do the show and put Ian back in tv show cuz honestly I want closure I watched too much not to know what happened... I googled when the next season was and all this stuff is saying drama on the set.. really and nikki reed if she ur girl she should know that it's your job to act... If she don't like it then its her problem but if she jealous over Elena who else will she be jealous of if your acting in a different show... Like seriously it said they were friends will obviously it didn't work between you guys so y through such a fit if he's with ur friend... Idc what ur drama is please finish ur show

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Sorry but there is NOT a conformation of TVD returning. I was at Eyecon and nothing was said. Stop filling the fans head with lies.

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Ian and Nina stick together, don`t hate each other. You don`t know how much you both look amazing. I still wish you get together in real life. My love for you both.... Paul!!! You are my super star. You don`t like your play in the show but actually your personality inspires me and make me believe there are people like you. Your face is as nice as your personality in the show. Ian, I love your heart and your unlimited love for Elena. Nina, I love you as Elena and your being strong in such pain attracts us. Ian, your face expressions and your attractive eyes and your heart are the best in you ;) Paul!!! I am your big fan because of your personality and your pretty face ;) MY LOVE FOR YOU ALL.

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But obviously I dont want any of them to leave. The person I want least to leave is Elena...
But I also don't want Damon to leave, Damn! I can't handle Elena leaving.. And Damon would be heartbreaking.. And Stefan would be very difficult. But I feel like I could survive very difficult. (Not that I don't love Stefan.. I love Stefan!) I guess i could also potentially possibly maybe survive without Damon but it would be heartbreaking I don't want to imagine it.

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@ ophelia

If stefan leaves the show is death. Just saying. If Damon ĺeft I could live with it. Seeing I think he is Elena's bitch anyway. Elena is actually the core of the show so if she left they can write off having another season. Even though she annoys me now.

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If Stefan left I could keep watching

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If any of those three leave the show is dead...period.

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I don't want any of them to leave...the show wouldn't be the same I love the brother bond between Damon and Stefan... brothers who can do anything for eachother , if Ian leaves im never watching TVD again and Damon and Elena are meant to be no one can replace either of them... the three of them make this show really great and I would hate it if one of them leaves especially Ian.

Pauldailly92

i believe it will most likely be Ian. If i'm being honest though Vampire Diaries is losing quality fast. I would wrap it up with the sixth season, migrate Caroline over to The Originals and potentially launch another spin-off.

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Honestly, if either Ian or Nina's out, then I'm out.

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@ Ellen Speybrouck

Yeah

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

Elena: Why don't you ever let anyone see the good in you?
Damon: When people see good they expect good. And I don't wanna live up to anyone's expectations.

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