The Vampire Diaries Season 8: What To Expect

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Will The Vampire Diaries conclude after Season 8?

We have no idea about whether it's going to be the final season for the long running CW series. The ratings are down, but it's clear the network doesn't care about live ratings as much as the other networks.

The show has survived a raft of departures from the cast in recent years, but could it continue on without Kat Graham and Ian Somerhalder?

Have a look through our gallery of things to expect when the show finally returns to the air. 

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1. Steroline On The Outs?

Steroline On The Outs?
After all the back and forth on The Vampire Diaries Season 7, a new woman appears in town and instantly takes a liking to Stefan. The chick gets what she wants, even if she has to turn to unconventional ways to get it. Sounds ominous, but if they mess with Steroline once more, I'm done.

2. Nina Dobrev's Return

Nina Dobrev's Return
Julie Plec has already confirmed that Nina will be back for the conclusion of the final season, so with all signs pointing to this being the end, you can expect Julie to be pulling the above face to Nina to make sure she follows through on a promise.

3. Chris Wood Back?

Chris Wood Back?
With Containment finished, Julie has made it clear that she's been trying to find a logical way to bring Kai back into the fold. He was one of the best villains of the entire series, but he got his head ripped off. What type of witchcraft will be able to bring him back? We're all for it, as long as the whole Gemini coven is over.

4. Fewer Episodes

Fewer Episodes
The CW are not confirming the episode order for Season 8. This could be a blessing in disguise. The Vampire Diaries Season 7 had the best episodes in multiple years, but also the worst. A shorter order could make for a clearer narrative without the boring meanders.

5. Kat Graham's Last Hurrah

Kat Graham's Last Hurrah
Kat Graham will have the biggest story of the season. In most seasons, she's been used as the loop hole to get rid of a villain. Expect her to leave in a blaze of glory!

6. Dark Denzo

Dark Denzo
The new villain has made Damon and Enzo go dark and they're collecting a whole lot of bodies! The gang will rally together to try save them, but will it be too late for one of them?

7. Return To Form For Alaric

Return To Form For Alaric
There was a time when Alaric was the best character on the show, but his relationship with Caroline ruined the him. Now that it's over, can we get the fun guy back?

8. Mysterious Characters

Mysterious Characters
Seline is just one of the new characters joining Mystic Falls, and she's described as trying to find her place in the world. She's a caregiver for two children. Might this be Caroline's nanny?

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

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.

Dear Diary, a chipmunk asked me my name today. I told him it was Joe. That lie, will haunt me, forever.