The creators of The Vampire Diaries formally announced at San Diego Comic-Con that season eight of the series will be the last. They revealed a special video, featuring a new song from band The Fray (whose songs have often been used on the show over the years, including “Never Say Never” in the pilot). The final 16-episode season will start airing in the States in October.
“It’s so rare for a show to get to last this long, and what a privilege that Mark Pedowitz and Peter Roth have allowed us to choose the time to end the journey on our own creative terms,” said Plec. “It’s been eight of the best years of my life. I will miss it terribly, but I’m so proud to be here to see it to its proper end.”
So, Ian Somerhalder was right all along (see links below).