Paul attended the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday where he presented with actress Lana Parrilla.
I have added two new photoshoots from this years San Diego Comic Con to the gallery. One from Entertainment Weekly and one from TV Line.
Some fun new pics from yesterday’s events at the San Diego Comic Con … and Paul’s last visit with his Vampire Diaries cast mates!
And a giant thank you to Carol for sharing some of these pics with us!
Paul Wesley Web > 2016 > July 23 | San Diego Comic Con – The Vampire Diaries Press Line
Paul Wesley Web > 2016 > July 23 | San Diego Comic Con – The Vampire Diaries Panel
Paul Wesley Web > 2016 > July 23 | San Diego Comic Con – Warner Brothers Booth
Paul Wesley Web > 2016 > July 23 | San Diego Comic Con – SiriusXM Radio
Paul Wesley Web > 2016 > July 23 | San Diego Comic Con – Entertainment Weekly Party
Paul Wesley Web > 2016 > July 23 | San Diego Comic Con – Entertainment Weekly Party – Inside
We got a glimpse in the Season Seven finale … now the cast is talking the evil coming to Season Eight of The Vampire Diaries and Variety is sharing it with us!
The final season of the long-running CW series “The Vampire Diaries” was announced today at Comic-Con by executive producer Julie Plec, who was joined at the show’s panel with returning executive producer Kevin Williamson and cast members Ian Somerhalder (Damon), Paul Wesley (Stefan), Candice King (Caroline), Kat Graham (Bonnie), Zach Roerig (Matt), Matt Davis (Alaric) and Michael Malarkey (Enzo).
In announcing that the eighth season would be the last, Plec said to the Comic-Con crowd, “It’s bittersweet and emotional and we’re all going to be crying in about five minutes but we wanted to be the ones to tell you guys first because you’ve been with us on this run and it’s been a beautiful run.” A video featuring the cast, Plec and Williamson talking of the journey over clips from the entire series run was shown. When the lights came up, many on the panel were wiping away tears.
Though Plec said she wasn’t fully sure they’d get an eighth season, she explained, “We made a real effort to make sure that our finale last year had all the closure it could possibly have, just in case the worst happened…for us it was being able to resolve relationships and then just tee up a hint of a new villain and a new problem.”
Of the unnamed villain, whose creepy, long finger was seen in the finale and will play a big part in the new episodes, Plec didn’t offer too many details but did say, “It’s a new take on villains for us. It’s definitely something that’s rooted back all the way to ancient times.”
Williamson was excited when Plec explained this villain to him. “I thought it was a clever and cool way to infuse Mystic Falls with this ultimate evil and it’s like a little cherry on top with the mythology of Mystic Falls and that’s what I love about it.”
Plec also revealed that much of the action in the new season would take place back to the show’s home. “We start the season back in Mystic Falls. Damon and Enzo are not (there) so in that way we work to bring them back in to the fold for good or bad.”
Of where we left off last season, Damon and Enzo will be very changed for a to-be-revealed reason. “There’s mysterious elements of almost mind control going on that we haven’t really had go on before,” Malarkey said, “but it’s really, really interesting how it’s playing out.”
“Ultimately you’re used to seeing Damon or Enzo or any of these characters exert that power over someone else,” Somerhalder said. “So when you see them ultimately in this realm where they literally have no control over their actions…in their minds, they’re still them so it’s that conflict and that struggle is what we all look for and it’s truly a gem as an actor to play.”
For Bonnie, Graham teased that she has quite a journey ahead. “A lot of last season was about the development of the relationship that Bonnie had with Enzo and obviously Bonnie and Damon and then you see the crumbling in the season finale of her and she also doesn’t have her magic so the thing that made her feel like herself, and also her best friends, are not there…she’s literally at ground zero.”
One thing Plec lamented we won’t see before the series wraps up is a chance to see our cast of characters get a bit more musical. “Sadly I have not been able to make my musical episode fly,” she said. “With regret, I have to let that one go.”
“Vampire Diaries” returns for season 8 on October 21 at 8pm on the CW.
E!Online share thoughts from both Paul & Ian about the show ending.
The Salvatore brothers are saying goodbye.
It’s been an emotional day for The Vampire Diaries fans, as executive producer Julie Plec announced that the upcoming eighth season will be the CW hit’s final season at Comic-Con on Saturday. (No, we’re not crying. A branch covered in dust just fell in our eye while we were chopping onions, OK?!)
And after the news was officially announced, stars Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley (forever our Damon and Stefan Salvatore) sounded off on saying goodbye to Mystic Falls.
“The sun, the moon and stars aligned for me one day in March when I got the official call that I had been cast in this very special role as Damon Salvatore,” Ian said. “I’m so very grateful to those who fought for me to have this opportunity (you know who you are), for those that have worked so hard to make this show happen, and to those that have loyally watched it, making it part of their lives. This show has enriched my life greater than anything I’ve done in my career and it will live in my heart. We are a family and I will miss you. Thank you again to this amazing cast and crew, Kevin, Julie, Warner Bros., The CW and the most loyal fan base the world has ever seen. Wow, what a ride.”
Paul also talked about how much TVD has changed his life since it premiered in 2009.
“Being cast in The Vampire Diaries has changed the trajectory of my life, to say the very least,” Paul said. “I’m beyond fortunate for the experiences I’ve had and lessons I’ve learned over the last seven years. I want to thank Kevin and Julie, as well as Peter Roth and Warner Bros., Mark Pedowitz and The CW, our incredible cast and crew, and especially the TVD fans all around the world who are the reason this show became such a worldwide success. I am beyond grateful to have been a part of it.”
The eighth and final season will be 16 episodes, with executive producer Kevin Williamson set to return for the goodbye to Mystic Falls. While star Nina Dobrev, who left the series after season six, kind of returned in the season seven finale (recording a voice message), there’s been no word yet if she’ll make an appearance before the series finale.
A few months ago, Ian told E! News that fans should expect to see season eight focus on the core characters.
“I really want to make sure that we get to go back to the basics,” he said. “What made people fall in love with this story was its characters, not 40 of them, like eight of them, six of them—this core group of actors, of characters that really move you.”
He continued, “We don’t know where that’s going to go but leaving the audience with the fact that by that time they will have spent eight years of their life with these people, I want the audience to feel closer, more afraid, more in love, more in tune with these characters than they ever have been.”
The final season of TVD kicks off on Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. on the CW.
Zap2It has the cast of the Vampire Diaries gives what they think would be the way to end the series.
Hearts broke all around the world on Saturday (July 23) when “The Vampire Diaries” announced at San Diego Comic-Con that Season 8 would be its final season. Say it ain’t so!
As we prepare to say goodbye to everyone in Mystic Falls, Zap2it couldn’t help but wonder what the cast envisions as their own perfect ending for their characters and the series?
Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley have a dark future envisioned for Damon and Stefan, suggesting that the two brothers should basically commit suicide by taking off their daylight rings and walking into the sun. It sounds too dark to be true, but you just never know with “The Vampire Diaries.”
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Zach Roerig came up with an even more shocking idea for Matt. “If I could envision a happy ending for Matt Donovan after seven years of not finding love, it would be that maybe he discovers his inner love, which is maybe the fact that he’s not into chicks.”
Whether “The Vampire Diaries” ends with a gay Matt, a double suicide, or the long-awaited Delena reunion, we’re definitely going to be crying our way through the entire thing. #TVDForever
“The Vampire Diaries” returns Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.