The Vampire Diaries could have ended very differently, had co-creator Julie Plec got things entirely her own way.
The CW drama was cancelled after eight seasons with the series finale airing in May 2017.
Speaking about how the axed drama might have concluded had certain compromises not been made with co-creator Kevin Williamson, Plec said, per CinemaBlend:
I wanted flash-forwards. Ever since we decided to put Elena in a sleeping beauty spell that couldn’t be broken until Bonnie died, I wanted to see the scene with 85-year-old Bonnie and Damon by her side, and they’re the best of friends. And then she dies of natural causes because I just thought that Bonnie deserved a rich and full life. I had this scene in my head for so long and then Kevin [felt] that stories are more impactful when you play them in the here and now. So we compromised by showing everybody just slightly ahead in their life and having those characters observing from peace, which in my opinion worked like a charm and I’m so happy we did it that way.
Another big change that occurred:
The other big debate we had was: Which Salvatore brother is going to take the bullet for the other? We debated that so much because we could make a really strong case for either. And we finally settled on Damon was going to die. And then Kevin walked into the room and he’s like, ‘What’s Stefan’s life going to be like?’ I said, ‘He’s going to be happy with Caroline and uh uh… uh, I don’t know.’ I’m like, ‘You’re right, it needs to go the other way.’ It was so funny because we had thought about it in the room so much that we had talked ourselves into one path, but all we needed was him to walk in and be like, ‘But… isn’t it cooler the other way?’ And so we switched it. He gets all the credit for that.
What do you think about the ‘alternate’ Vampire Diaries ending? Should the show be revived for Season 9 in future years or stay cancelled?