It was indeed epic. After eight seasons, "The Vampire Diaries" series had come to the finish line. But, is it really the last that viewers will see of the Mystic Falls' dwellers?
"My hope is 'The Originals' will stay on and that I can bring some of these characters over there," Julie Plec, the showrunner of both fantasy drama series, told Entertainment Weekly recently.
The Joseph Morgan-led series is actually a spin-off of the newly-concluded show. Hence, another option to bring back the series on the small screen is a crossover of the two TV shows, says the female showrunner.
"I could see our universes coming together in five years, 10 years, when people miss the shows. There's still stories to be told for 'The Originals' that our characters here very smoothly and seamlessly fit into, so if we don't get to do that while 'The Originals' is still on the air, I think that one day, if somebody wanted it badly enough, it could exist," Plec explained.
In the finale episode of the vampire-themed series, Stefan (Paul Wesley) sacrificed himself to pull Katherine (Nina Dobrev) back to hell and save his younger brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder). With his brother's blood, Damon was transformed into his mortal form.
Bonnie (Kat Graham) broke the sleeping curse, and she woke Elena (Dobrev). The two women reunited with Damon, Caroline (Candice King) and Alaric (Matthew Davis). Damon and Elena finally got their happy ever after.
However, that was not exactly how the ending was initially planned, according to Plec. She and co-showrunner, Kevin Williamson, wanted the Salvatore brothers to die in the finale in order to save the only woman they both love, Elena. Then, they would be watching over the lady like ghosts.
"Those brothers would be side-by-side watching her live," Plec asserted.
Meanwhile, "The Originals" season 3 will premiere on March 17 on The CW.