Could The Vampire Diaries go on without Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Wesley? E! News reports that one of these three major players is holding out on renewing their contract past Season 6 of the hit CW series, so we might just have to cross our fingers and hope that the show could maintain itself without the star power it has now. Does the show have just one more season up its sleeves?


Season 6 is a definite go — it premieres on October 2 this fall — but will the show run out of steam after this go-round? Executive producer Julie Plec opened up to E! News at Comic-Con this year about the future of the show, saying she thinks the show “will go as long as the actors want the show to go.”

“You know, look, everybody’s under contract,” she continued. “I know that we’ve got plans for Season 6, we’ve got plans for Season 7.” With Julie revealing that the creative minds behind the show are already plotting for Season 7, it seems as though that’s almost a done deal. Hopefully — even if one of the main three doesn’t renew — the network wouldn’t force Julie to wrap things up this year, that’d be unfair to everyone.

“I know that our bosses have plans for Seasons 8, 9, and 10,” Julie continues. “I said I want to be a part of it as long as I know I could keep telling good stories and as long as the ensemble of people that I work with want to be there and are committed and dedicated. So, so far, so good, you know. We’ll see how long we can stay, doing it well. We’ll make sure that we don’t start sucking.”

Since the show still averages about 2 million viewers per episode, we’d say a level of “sucking” hasn’t been reached yet. Sure, they aren’t the ratings the show once had, but there’s still some untapped potential there — with or without the love triangle that made the show famous.

E! News goes on to say that while Ian, Nina, and Paul all signing back on would definitely help chances for a Season 7 pickup, the network might be willing to consider a show without the trifecta and focus more on fan-favorite characters.

Given all this info, it sounds like there’s definite potential for the show to go on after Season 7. There are a lot of moving pieces, but The Vampire Diaries is still one of the biggest hits — if not the biggest — that The CW has ever had.

Do you think there is life after Season 7 for The Vampire Diaries? Hit the comments and sound off!

Season 6 of The Vampire Diaries premieres on October 2 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Carson Blackwelder is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!