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Ian Somerhalder Says ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Will End After Season 8

That’s all, folks … ? Ian Somerhalder revealed during an appearance on Sunday, April 10, that The Vampire Diaries will end after season 8.

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Ian Somerhalder at The Forum on April 7, 2016 in Inglewood, California. JB Lacroix/WireImage

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“We have decided to do one last season to really do the story justice,” the actor, 37, who plays Damon Salvatore on the supernatural CW drama, told fans at the WalkerStalkerCon in Nashville.

Earlier this week, Kat Graham told Us Weekly exclusively that she is leaving the show after season 8.

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“Season 8 will be my last season,” she said. “I just hope that whatever I do after, the crew can come with me. If the crew can come with me, then we’ll be good. The crew is going to be the hardest thing to let go, because we are a family.”

Graham, who plays witch Bonnie Bennett, added, “But you know what, another season is a whole other year, and we’re going to blow it out.”

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Ian Somerhalder on ‘The Vampire Diaries.’ Bob Mahoney/The CW

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The CW renewed the series for an eighth season in March. Although the network has yet to officially confirm that The Vampire Diaries is coming to an end, with all the changes the characters have gone through, it certainly seems like it’s time to say goodbye to Mystic Falls. 

As Somerhalder told fans on Sunday, “My role is shifting in the show and we have a lot to do.”

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