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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.

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Don't you die on me, Jeremy! Damon did not react well when he nearly lost Elena's brother.

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


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.


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.


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


I love this show and would like to see it last a few more seasons,
That being said personally, I can not imagine the show without any of those 3. So if they all do not sign on for Season 7, then I say let Season 6 be the last and finish strong.


I don't want any of them to leave nina paul and ian are the show they cant leave :( please don't leave xx


I say end this show and keep The Originals. The writing is much better along with the acting as well.


The show could survive more wth Nina and Ian than with nina and paul. Damon has more stronger presence since the show began. I mean Paul was also imortant but Damon was like more the center of the attention. So if one is leaving my guess is Paul, he seems to be tired and not quite excited anymore already of playing Stephan


Nina Dobrev should leave. Elena has become the most annoying on the show.


I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Vampire Diaries, probably a bit too much. Lol it'san amazing show and I adore the guys, since season 7 is a go it most likely means its either Paul or Ian and to be completely honest I can't sit here and say "oh I love this one so I hope its that one". I love both Ian and Paul they are amazing actors and bring so much to the show, I LOVE Damon he's so bad but has such a big heart under all that bad boy thing. And Stefan, he's the good guy who I personally enjoy seeing go from good to bad and back. Both the guys bring this.. vibe to the show it's such a thrill and I would be so heart broken to see either one leave the show.
All though going on topic I think it could be Ian that's holding back

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: 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.

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