Did 'The Vampire Diaries' Series Finale Leave the Cast Satisfied?
Did 'The Vampire Diaries' Series Finale Leave the Cast Satisfied?
Derek Stauffer
Derek Stauffer
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
They were responsible for making it happen but the cast of The Vampire Diaries has just as many opinions about the series finale as fans. With the multitude of events that occurred in the series finale with everything from Alaric and Caroline starting a school for special children, Bonnie traveling the world and of course Stefan's sacrifice and Delena's happy ending, there is plenty to discuss. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, The Vampire Diaries cast gave their opinion on how it all ended and they are pretty positive across the board.

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Most series finales, sadly, will leave fans unsatisfied in one way or another. The Vampire Diaries managed to defy the odds and deliver an ending that was not a happily ever after for everyone but did fit the tone of the show. Yet Ian Somerholder is aware that not everyone loves the series finale. After joking that he is sad it didn't end the way he wanted, with Damon and Stefan lounging in Speedos drinking rum, Somerholder said, "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 populace of people. The interpretation that you leave is what you leave. This is the end of our show."

Somerholder is the closest anyone in the cast gets to a semi-negative reaction from the series finale, however. Candice King and Matt Davis both admitted that the ending hit them emotionally. King even said of the series finale, "As a viewer of television and a lover of series finales, from just a fan perspective, I think it is incredibly fulfilling and emotional and it leaves doors open but it also brings a lot of closure."

Nina Dobrev, who returned for the series finale, also openly admitted to losing it reading the end of the show. "I didn't get the chance to be at the final read-through unfortunately but maybe that's for the best because I would've been a mess," she explained. "I cried during Stefan and Caroline's final moments, because it broke my heart. I cried at the end when I read that Elena was writing in the diary again, when Elena basically says the same sentence that I did in the pilot eight years ago."

The big moment in the finale is Stefan's sacrifice and of course the cast had plenty to say about that huge and emotional death. "I just really loved Stefan's sacrifice -- that was a beautiful way to end it," Zach Roerig said. "It kind of diffused any of the feelings that were going on from all the things that have happened before, especially with Bonnie. I thought it was really beautifully written."

Of course Paul Wesley, who played Stefan, had the most to say about his character's dramatic goodbye. Wesley has been pulling for Stefan's death for awhile. Wesley always felt that Stefan should die in the series finale. "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," the actor said. 

Even though Paul Wesley wanted Stefan to die and thought it was the right way for his character to end, he still got emotional reading it all go down in the series finale script. "I read the finale script on an airplane," he recounted. "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. And 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."

So what did you think of the finale? Which member of the cast do you agree with the most? Do you think Stefan should have died or should it have been Damon or neither? What was the most emotional moment for you watching the finale? 

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