EXCLUSIVE: Steven R. McQueen Says Goodbye to 'The Vampire Diaries' and Spills Cast Secrets!
By Leanne Aguilera
After six years of dealing with blood-thirsty vampires, werewolf best-friends, and supernatural craziness -- it's time for Jeremy Gilbert to get the hell out of Mystic Falls.
Tonight's hour of The Vampire Diaries is a whiplash-inducing, roller-coaster ride of emotions, and the final episode for actor Steven R. McQueen who has held the title of TV's hottest little brother since the drama's debut in 2009.
"Jeremy has been through so much," McQueen confessed exclusively to ETonline of his character's exit. "He started as this little drug addict, and became a vampire hunter, lost pretty much everyone that he loved, except for his sister -- although I guess she died at some point. I think he's a character that has been through so much that he just, he needs a break."
Not only is the 26-year-old actor sad to say goodbye to the youngest Gilbert, he's also going to miss the cast and the life he created for six years while shooting in Atlanta. "My favorite scenes were the ones where everyone is in them just because it takes us a while to shoot because we're all cracking jokes the entire time," he said.
When asked if he'd ever be open to returning to Mystic Falls in the future, the actor was quick to respond. "Are you kidding me? I would love to see everyone again," he confirmed. "Whenever they invite me I'll hopefully be able to be there, and come hang out with everybody."
Although it's difficult to keep up with the exact death count, Jeremy is definitely in the running for the most-killed character in Mystic Falls. But don’t worry, TVD fans—Jeremy will leave town alive tonight, so a return to town is definitely a possibility.
"I think it's nice to be able to come back," McQueen revealed. "And let's say Bonnie (Kat Graham) comes back at some point, or something significant happens, I can come back and say hello for an episode or two."
So where will Jeremy be in five years? "Oh gosh In a psych ward," McQueen said with a laugh. "Hopefully he's just happy."
Although we don't want to spoil tonight's nearly flawless episode, we do want you to be prepared before tuning in. So here's what you'll need to do:
1. Stock up on at least 19 boxes of tissues. Trust us when we tell you that you will be ugly crying for a good part of the night, so unless you want mascara stained tears -- á la Lauren Conrad -- we also suggest you wash your face beforehand.
2. Surround your floor with pillows. Sure this may seem like an odd instruction, but once you pass out from hotness overload when you witness one of the sweetest kisses in TVD history, you'll be grateful you cushioned your fall. This is your time to rejoice Steroline fans, and this kiss will definitely have been worth the wait.
3. Have your mom on speed-dial. First of all she should already be at the top of your favorites list, (she is your mother, after all!) but after tonight we suggest you call her up and thank her for all that she's done for you. Sure, she might not be keeping your vampire identity a secret, like Sherriff Forbes (Marguerite MacIntyre) has been doing, but she did put up with your snarky attitude in high school. So tell her you love her.