If you're still mourning the loss of The Vampire Diaries, I'm afraid I have some bad news for you regarding its spin-off The Originals. Ahead of their Comic-Con Panel next week, showrunner Julie Plec announced on Twitter that the fifth season of The Originals would be the last.
"This year, we invite you to help us say goodbye to The Originals, which begins shooting its fifth and final season on Monday.
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 added that she wanted "each actor to play their last scene as their character, and put their character to bed with grace and care." Plec also encouraged fans to attend Comic-Con to help bid farewell to the show.
"So please, join us at Comic-Con as we move ahead with our final season of The Originals. Celebrate with us, cry with us, visit with us, watch with us next spring when we air, 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."
You can read her full Tweet below.
As a consolation prize, there is already rumblings of a spin-off from The Originals that will feature an older version of Hope Mikaelson and take the story back to Mystic Falls. While it remains unclear as to the episode order for the final season, it is expected to follow the reduced thirteen episode run that season four was handed last year. We'll find out more details about The Originals final season and perhaps some snippets about the future of The Vampire Diaries universe at Comic-Con next week.