All good things must come to an end, and that seems to be the case for The Originals. According to a statement from creator Julie Plec on Twitter, The Originals Season 5 will be the final season of the vampire spinoff show. Her announcement comes as she heads to Comic-Con in San Diego. The timing wasn't lost on Plec, who last year announced that the show The Originals was spun off of, The Vampire Diaries, would be ending after eight seasons. And no, it wasn't a coincidence at all.
"It's both a gift and a burden to be able to control the ending of a series. Many shows are not lucky enough to have a hand in deciding when the end has come," Plec tweeted. Ending The Originals now is "bittersweet" for Plec, but , she thinks it's the best decision for the show and for its fans.
The show starts filming its final season on Monday, and Plec wrote that she wants "each actor to play their last scene as their character, and to put their character to bed with grace and care." But she wants that for everyone who worked on the show whether it was making sets or composing music or turning off the lights at the end of the day.
While fans are sad to hear The Originals will be saying goodbye, there's a chance it's not forever. Plec seemed to hint that there could be room for a spinoff that could tell more of this story. Yes, a possible spinoff of a spinoff. "Celebrate with us, cry with us, visit with us, watch us next spring when we air," she tweeted. "And know that in a show about an immortal family who believes in 'Always and Forever,' it's never really the end of the story..."
Being that Plec's a writer, it is hard to ignore those ellipses, which usually make the point that there's more to come. Something that fans thought could be the case after a significant time jump in Season 4, which opened up the possibility for an adult Hope Mikaelson to get her own show.
Plec hinted at this back in March when she talked to TVLine after The Vampire Diaries series finale, explaining “I think there are future shows down the line that can be spawned out of this world and could tell good stories. It’s a hope for the future if nothing else.” A future that may have just gotten a little brighter for anyone who thought the Mikaelsons would be gone for good.
When or if another spinoff will happen, that's not clear, but what Plec did make clear with this heartfelt message is that she's going to make sure that this finale will be top-notch. She xfeels she owes that to anyone who loves the show as much as she does.