The show thrives on Netflix, with new fans discovering it every day. The people involved, from the network and studio down to each member of the cast and crew, genuinely like and trust each other. Certainly, no one relishes announcing the completion of a job that employs hundreds. I started wondering if we should try to keep the show on the air as a piece of business.
As I thought about our options, I reminded myself that, yes, this is a business, and, yes, it is a machine, and, yes, I am a cog in that machine — but it is a machine fueled by art. It makes a statement. Kevin Williamson and I wrote a show about loss and grief that just so happened to have vampires in it. We touched people with that story, and maybe we even helped people. We certainly helped ourselves. This show had left an imprint on my heart. I didn’t want to run it into the ground simply because I was afraid to let it go.
Will The Vampire Diaries resurrect for Season 9 in years to come, or will it die forever in the cancellation graveyard? Stay tuned…