THE VAMPIRE DIARIES To End After 8 Seasons

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San Diego Comic Con was the venue for a huge announcement from the CW as they announced that Season 8 would be the final for The Vampire Diaries.

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The announcement was made at San Diego Comic-Con by executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec. The panel concluded with a farewell video from the cast and producers, which featured an exclusive premiere of the new song “Changing Tides,” by The Fray.

Here’s the Farewell Video.

Mark Pedowitz, President of The CW had this to say about the show that has become synonymous with the television network.

“THE VAMPIRE DIARIES has meant so much to so many fans around the world, and has meant so much to all of us at The CW. I am a huge fan of the show myself, and I’ve seen every episode. So I am very happy that we can give Julie and Kevin the chance to finish their story the way they have envisioned, and to give viewers a fantastic conclusion to eight spectacular seasons.”

Executive Producer Kevin Williamson added:

“I feel so blessed to have been a part of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. It has been a magical, thrilling, life-changing experience. Working with Julie and our amazing cast and crew has been one of the highlights of my career and life. At its core, the show has always been about family and that’s what we have become behind the scenes as well — one big family. And while it’s sad to see it come to an end, I’m thrilled to be back and part of the final chapter. We’re very grateful to our loyal audience — they’re our family, too — and we hope to say thank you by giving them the last and most epic season ever. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”

The eighth and final 16-episode season of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES will premiere Friday, October 21 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT)