The show may be getting another season, but the road has ended for "The Vampire Diaries" star Steven R. McQueen.
McQueen, who has played Jeremy Gilbert on the CW series since its 2009 debut, is set to leave the show after the current season's 14th episode. There's a very specific plan for and logic behind his exit, according to "Vampire Diaries" executive producer Julie Plec.
"His final episode will be episode 614, and the episode leading up [to it] will be him grappling with whether or not it's time for him to say goodbye to Mystic Falls," Plec told The Hollywood Reporter. "Every year we look at which characters we feel like are ready to move on, whether to better things in life or to the Great Beyond. This year, we realized that Jeremy has truly grown into a man, and as the victim of so much pain at the hands of the supernatural universe, we felt like it was time for him to go out on his own and start a fresh new life - with a twist."
Plec also told THR that the door was open for McQueen to return to "TVD" at some point down the road, since his character would be leaving the show alive.
"He'll always be welcome to join us for important events - unless [McQueen] finally gets his wish to play a superhero and he's unavailable," Plec said.
No word from McQueen on his thoughts on being written off. There's no confirmed air date yet for his final episode.
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]
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