Ian, Paul and Candice Say Farewell to ‘The Vampire Diaries’

The Vampire Diaries came into my life at a time when I really needed it. The show was about half way through season three when I first started watching these incredible characters. They gave me an escape when I really didn’t need or want to deal with reality. After that, I was hooked. I know a lot of people who lost interest along the way. I stuck it out like I’ve done with so many other shows and I was rewarded tremendously. Even after Nina Dobrev left, the show had a resurgence. I was sad when I heard the series was coming to an end but better to end on a high than to wear out its welcome.

I will forever be thankful that I got to interview my favorite vampire, Caroline Forbes. I had the pleasure of speaking with Candice King at San Diego Comic Con last year. I didn’t get to interview Ian Somerhalder but I did get to shake is hand and speak to him. Ian is nothing like Damon but now I can always say that Damon shook my hand.

I’m not the only one feeling bittersweet as the end is nearing. For the actors, it’s a wrap. Ian, Candice, and Paul Wesley took to Instagram to share memories of their last day on set.

I can tell that Ian is going to miss his days as Damon Salvatore. He was the last one to leave the set with a TVD mug in his hand. He took his picture next to his dressing room with the name Damon on it. There was just something about him saying, “we did it,” that really struck a chord. It was kind of like when you graduate from high school or college. You’ve accomplished something and will forever have it to look back on and be proud of. Sadly, it’s true what they say, all good things must come to end. Now if only there wasn’t a ton of shows ending this season.

Ian thanked the fans and so did Paul in his post. Paul’s post was bittersweet because it was the brothers together one last time. While most of us saw the show as a love triangle between Damon, Stefan, and Elena, Julie Plec said at SDCC, that it was always about two brothers. To me, the show came more about the two brothers after Nina left. It doesn’t matter what she intended it to be, she brought amazing characters into our lives.

Candice’s last TVD posts weren’t as bittersweet as the boys’ were. With her daughter just dying to get a piece of that delicious cake, it shows that there’s still good things to come.

No wonder she wanted to come hang on mommy's last day… #tvdforever

A photo posted by Candice King (@craccola) on

And then this fun one:

#tvdforever

A video posted by Candice King (@craccola) on

It’s sad seeing the cast and crew wrap up on TVD and even worse that we will go through all of these same emotions and then some when the final episodes air. Unlike Pretty Little Liars, we don’t have to wait long after the farewell posts to see the last episode. The series finale is airing March 10.

Some shows never really leave us. I’ve been rewatching Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, Dawson’s Creek, Veronica Mars, Friends, and How I Met Your Mother so much, that they will always be with me.

Before I get too sad yet, Julie still has get Elena and Damon back together and figure out the Steroline mess. Plus, Bonnie needs a fitting ending too, even if she does have to die for Elena to come back. There’s so much to wrap up before we can officially say goodbye to these characters.

Mandy Carr

Editor and Founder, Primetime Addiction

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