Ian Somerhalder Reveals Next Season Of The Vampire Diaries Will Be His Last

The actor is clarifying his comments about when he'll leave Mystic Falls

Last week, Ian Somerhalder sent Vampire Diaries fans into premature hysteria when he implied that the CW show was ending after its next, eighth season. At a Q&A at Nashville’s Walker Stalker Con, the 37-year-old actor told reporters, “We have decided to do one last season to really do the story justice.”

On Monday, however, Somerhalder took to Twitter to clarify his comments, saying that next season will be his last on TVD, but that the show won’t necessarily be ending after that.

“Hey all, so... Last weekend I talked to an audience at a Q&A about the end of #TVD and how excited I was to make what I believe -- my last year -- be as great as possible,” he wrote. “Somehow in my infinite wisdom and end-of-season foggy brain, I managed to make it sound like the show was coming to an end.

“Cut-to the press running stories that the show would be done after Season 8,” he continued. “Thing is, the people who actually make that decision (the CW and WB) haven’t made it yet! So let’s take things one step at a time: Season 7 wrap, vacation, lots of sleep, let the writers get started on Season 8, and then we’ll all see where we go from there. Until then, much love.”

While it’s a devastating development to lose Somerhalder -- especially after Nina Dobrev bid farewell to Mystic Falls last year -- at least fans have one more season of Damon Salvatore deliciousness to look forward to. In the meantime, ignorance is bliss, so if anyone tries to bring up that his days on TVD are numbered, just “shhh” them like so: