'The Vampire Diaries' EP Explains Why [SPOILER] Had To Die in Series Finale

'The Vampire Diaries' EP Explains Why [SPOILER] Had To Die in Series Finale

If you’re still upset over that shocking death during The Vampire Diaries finale, this may ease some of your pain.

Executive producer Kevin Williamson explains that the writers talked about a lot of different scenarios before deciding – SPOILER ALERT! – Stefan (Paul Wesley) was the one who had to die.

“Oh, everyone was supposed to die. There were so many conversations in the writers’ room,” Kevin told TVGuide.com. “Everyone had these great ideas. I’m only sad that we couldn’t put everything in there because it was only 42.5 minutes. But there were so many possibilities. It was very important for us not to kill Bonnie (Kat Graham). Bonnie should not have to die for Elena’s happiness. It was this conversation of, ‘Oh, Bonnie can go be with Enzo (Michael Malarkey) because that’s exactly what she would want.’ Like, no. That’s not what Enzo would want. Bonnie needs a full, rich life. She needs a happy ending. So that was important to us, so we couldn’t kill Bonnie.”

“And we can’t kill [Matt, Zach Roerig], because if he’s lived this long as a human, he needs to continue on,” Kevin explained. “If we were going to kill him, it had to have been in Season 4. You can’t do it in Season 8. It was really between Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan. You know, we got rid of Katherine. We killed Katherine. We knew we were going to take her out. There was a conversation that Damon and Stefan both died. And then there was a conversation that it just ended with Damon killing Katherine and saving the town and saving everyone. For me, where the story was when I came in and got involved, Stefan had just been the Ripper for a long period of time and killed Enzo. And the only way for him to come back from that, I felt, was to kill him. That’s why he had to die.”

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In case you missed it, this is who Elena was originally supposed to end up with!

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Posted to: Paul Wesley, Television, The Vampire Diaries
  • rubie

    Since I started the show with Elena and Stefan, I really wanted to see them end up together, I was never really sold on the Damian and Elena story line but loved the show and stuck it out until Elena was dead. However, I understood that because they focused on the Stefan/carol story line, which I didn’t watch anymore, that they couldn’t end up together, I was loyal and saw the finale, it was ok, I loved seeing the old characters that died over the seasons, that was by far my favorite part, watching Elena write in her Diary and talk about, how her life was lived and then reunited with her family when she passed as a human….that was cool,,,,, worth watching it for sure.

  • John31

    vampire diaries was a show that started off great and ended horribly. The whole idea of having damon end up with elena was the dumbest thing they decided to do. IF anyone paid attention through the start of the show. Damon caused the most damage to the main cast. Literally killing them off all the time.While stefan was trying to do good, and seek redemption while living as a vampire. it looks like creators did what the fans wanted, which in the end ruined the show. Damon should have died a long time ago.

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