When The Vampire Diaries ended earlier this year, fans were understandably sad to say goodbye, but there was at least one silver lining: The Originals, a spin-off from the beloved show. However, it seems as though it’s time to bid farewell to that show too, according to showrunner Julie Plec’s announcement today at Comic-Con. Coincidentally, it was almost exactly one year ago when she made the same announcement about The Vampire Diaries.
The executive producer told audience members that The Originals, which premiered on The CW in 2013, will come to an end after the fifth season. She shared her formal announcement on Twitter later, writing: “Ending a show is always bittersweet, but for me, it’s a true blessing to be part of making that choice. I want each actor to play their last scene as their character, and to put their character to bed with grace and care.” Julie added that the viewers’ experience is just as important as that of the storytellers, saying: “I want the fans to be able to go along on that ride with us.”
She ended her emotional announcement by saying: “So please, join us at Comic-Con and as we move ahead with our final season of The Originals. Celebrate with us, cry with us, visit with us, watch us next spring when we air…and know that in a show about an immortal family…it’s never really the end of the story.”
Ugh, we’re not sure we’re ready to say goodbye all over again. But maybe that means that Julie Plec will be free to team up with I. Marlene King and make a new television series together (as they’ve teased before). Whatever Julie does next, we’re sure it’ll be pretty epic.