The end is near for The Originals.
A year after it was revealed that The Vampire Diaries was ending
, Julie Plec has now made another heart-wrenching announcement about her other beloved vampire series. The show's creator and showrunner shared via Twitter on Thursday that season five of The Originals
will be its last.
"This year, we invite you to help us say goodbye to The Originals, which begins shooting its fifth and final season on Monday," Plec wrote. "It's both a gift and a burden to be able to control the ending of a series."
"Ending a show is always bittersweet, but for me, it's a true blessing to be a part of making that choice," she continued. "I want each actor to play their last scene as their character, and to put their character to bed with grace and care."
The CW show's cast will be present at Comic-Con in San Diego, California, on Saturday and will most likely address the news.
The series' lead, Joseph Morgan, who portrays the villainous, yet kindhearted, vampire Klaus, took to Twitter following the announcement to thank fans for their support.
"#TheOriginalsS5 will be our last. Thanks for your undying support & I hope you'll keep the darkest corner of your heart reserved for us ;)" he tweeted.
The Originals, also starring Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis, Yusuf Gatewood and Riley Voelkel, ended its fourth season on June 23 and featured a return trip to Mystic Falls. This week, it was announced that Vampire Diaries alum Candice King, who plays Caroline Forbes-Salvatore, would be appearing in the season five premiere, which will begin with a major time jump. Caroline and Klaus had a steamy, yet complicated, relationship and fans will be eager to see if they end up together!
The Vampire Diaries bid farewell
after eight epic seasons in March. For a look at the series finale, watch below.
The Originals returns for its final season in 2018.