Was last night’s series finale of The Vampire Diaries the best of the best?
“It’s not the ending that Paul and I always thought we would get — just the two bros in some Speedos on the beach drinking some rum,” Ian joked with EW after the finale aired. “These things are hard to write. You obviously want to pay off an audience for going on a very long journey with you.”
He adds, “The writers themselves want to pay off their own artistic integrity. And so it’s invariably difficult to satisfy everyone, and that’s what I find so interesting about the endings of TV shows that people go on and on and on discussing. You’re never going to satisfy an entire populous of people. The interpretation that you leave is what you leave. This is the end of our show.”
Click inside to read what Paul thought of the series ending…
“I didn’t [know ahead of time about death]. I had been telling them that I think Stefan should die,” he explains. “He’s been the Ripper; he was the one who caused his brother to turn into a vampire. All the murders Damon did were all my fault really, if it comes down to the genesis of it. I just felt like he’s been the hero of the story to a degree and it only made sense for him to die at the end.”
Paul continued, “They totally teased me and said that he wouldn’t die, so they really taunted me for a couple months. I read the finale script on an airplane. The first five acts, I was kind of like, ‘Okay yeah, this is interesting,’ but it didn’t really hit me until the sixth act.”
“Then the sixth act I teared up and I never really tear up when it comes to sentimental Vampire Diaries-esque things. I thought how it ended was powerful.”
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