It’s official – The Vampire Diaries will indeed end after Season 8.
Ian Somerhalder confirmed at Walker Stalker Con that the recently announced eighth season will also be the last in the series. There wont be a Season 9:
“We have decided to do one last season to really do the story justice. My role is shifting in the show and we have a lot to do, basically.”
The eighth and final season of The Vampire Diaries premieres Fall 2016.
— Walker Stalker Con (@WalkrStalkrCon) April 10, 2016