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Paul Wesley: Here’s EXACTLY When The Vampire Diaries Jumped the Shark

In the aftermath of The Vampire Diaries, a number of stars have opened up on their experiences filming the polarizing series.

We now know that Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev hated each other, at least for the first several months of filming.

In a new interview on Watch What Happens Live, Paul is addressing the show itself.

He’s talking about whether viewers might ever see his character, Stefan Salvatore, on a spinoff like Legacies.

He’s sharing the one huge thing that he would have changed about the series finale.

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Finally, Paul reveals the exact point at which he feels that The Vampire Diaries jumped the shark.

1. Paul Wesley was on WWHL

Paul wesley speaks on wwhl
Ian Somerhalder has moved on to a new show (still about Vampires — V Wars premieres on Wednesday, December 5), but Paul is still getting asked about The Vampire Diaries. To be fair, he’s best known for that show, and so is just about everyone who was on it. It was a big deal.

2. Fans got to ask questions

Stefan on tvd
The first question was fairly simple: does he intend to reprise his role (or would he be interested in reprising his role) as Stefan Salvatore on Legacies?

3. Legacies …

Alaric knows trouble is brewing on the vampire diaries
Legacies is the second spinoff from The Vampire Diaries. While The Originals followed Klaus, Elijah, and Rebecca to New Orleans, Legacies shows Alaric — who has been dead and also been an unkillable super-vampire but is now neither — running a school for magical youths. Notably, Paul has directed some episodes.

4. So, will Stefan make a comeback?

Stefan versus damon
“Oooo … no,” Paul replies. Andy notes that Stefan died, as much as that can possibly mean on a show like The Vampire Diaries where resurrections are fairly commonplace.

5. Paul does not want to revive Stefan

Stefan on season 8
“I was very happy that he died,” Paul shares. “And I had actually requested that he die.”

6. Why is that?

Stefan and damon on christmas
“He did a lot of bad things, and I felt like he deserved death,” Paul says accurately of Stefan, who would periodically go on binges during his 150 years of vampiric life in which he would massacre entire groups of people, earning him the nickname of “Ripper.” It’s true, and Paul should say it.

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