With The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Episode 10 on January 29, this beloved CW drama will shift to Friday nights.
That can't bode very well for its long-term future, can it?
But creator Julie Plec spoke to Variety at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Monday and made it sound like she's prepared to keep The Vampire Diaries going for as long as possible.
Under one condition, that is.
"My end game needs to... emotionally run parallel with the end game of [Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder] - more so than the network and the studio," she said.
"When those boys decide that they’re done telling stories - which could be tomorrow and could be a year from now or two years from now or whatever - I need to be done.
"I feel like I owe them that and I owe the show that. It’s a collective decision. Right now, they’re in the driver’s seat of that and we’ll see how much longer they feel like they want to be doing this."
The series lost fellow lead Nina Dobrev at the end of Season 6.
And while Plec says she misses the actress dearly and would take her back in an an "instant" if Dobrev so desired, she also admits that she and her writing staff has been reinvigorated by having to come up with new, Elena-free storylines.
"Every year we’re like, ‘We’ll never figure out what next year is going to be!’ And then we come up with an idea that’s cooler.
"It gets harder and harder so there will come a point where I’ll have to say I have zero ideas left, but right now, I still feel pretty inspired by it so I’m just taking it one day at a time."
Which is encouraging for fans of this long-running drama to hear, of course.
But ratings are way down for The Vampire Diaries Season 7.
Plec may talk an inspirational game, but if the audience isn't there, will The CW really let her end the series whenever she (and Paul and Ian) want to?
The Vampire Diaries returns with new episodes on FRIDAY, Janaury 29 at 8/7c.