The Originals ending after 5 seasons

The sun is setting on The Originals.

The series, which began as a spin-off from The Vampire Diaries, will conclude with its fifth season, showrunner Julie Plec announced Thursday.

“I’m packing my bags for Comic-Con, realizing it’s been a year since we announced the end of The Vampire Diaries. It feels only fitting to use this anniversary to make a second farewell announcement,” she wrote on Twitter. “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,” she continues, later adding, “Join us at Comic-Con and as we move ahead with our final season of The Originals. Celebrate with us, cry with us, visit with us, watch 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…”

Read Plec’s full note below.

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