Ian Somerhalder Expects The Vampire Diaries Season 8 to be Its Last

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Ian Somerhalder just laid some heavy news at fans feet on Sunday.

The Vampire Diaries Season 8 will be its last.

"We have decided to do one last season to sort of do it justice," said Somerhalder. "Work very hard on it, my role is shifting in the show, and we have a lot to do basically."

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This certainly isn't a surprise after just a mega shift to the series being about the Salvatore brothers.

Given their length of time on the series, they might have been thinking some of the other characters would allow them to slow down a little after six seasons. Instead, they became even more important as the focal point of just about every story on tap.

Earlier this month, costar Kat Graham made the announcement that if the show did go beyond eight seasons, she wouldn't be a part of that ride.

Now it seems as if the entire cast is feeling the same way, and that perhaps they all feel as she does and they intent to "blow it out" while they can.

Will Damon finally realize it's time for him to stop just waxing poetic about being the damaged, lost brother Stefan can't count on and become the stand up hero we know he is inside? 

That's my guess. What's yours? How will Damon shift and do you fully expect an official announcement that The Vampire Diaries Season 8 will be its last?

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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.