During an interview with ET Online, the Vampire Diaries star addressed the cancellation rumors head on. In particular, Somerhalder revealed that the cast and crew of the show are not worried about the network pulling the plug on the series. Instead, they are all concentrating on ending Season 7 in the best way possible.
“It’s something that everyone is talking about and there is a lot of speculation about it because we’re so far into it. I’ll be honest with you, right now we’re just trying to get through this one and just make this a really, really good season of television,” Somerhalder explained. “We just want to get through this year and make it good and we’ll see what comes about. That’s all we’re trying to do, but you’ll be the first to know.”
With Dobrev no longer a part of the show, the series has explored alternative storylines in Season 7. This included focusing on Somerhalder and Paul Wesley’s characters and their battle with the Phoenix Stone.