The Vampire Diaries franchise has been a staple of The CW in some form for 13 years with the flagship series first premiering in 2009. The world of The Vampire Diaries has grown over the years to include The Originals and Legacies which expanded upon the magical lore while keeping the classic drama of the franchise. Sadly, it seems the franchise is coming to an end with Legacies being cancelled earlier this year along with a slew of other fan favorite CW series.
We had the chance to speak with Chris Brochu about his new movie Zero Contact, but we also took the opportunity to ask him how he feels about the end of The Vampire Diaries franchise. Chris Brochu played Luke Parker, one of the Gemini twins, in the fifth and sixth season of The Vampire Diaries. Chris shared not only how grateful he is for the series, but how he hopes the franchise continues in some shape or form in the future.
CHRIS BROCHU SHARES HIS THOUGHTS ABOUT THE END OF THE VAMPIRE DIARIES FRANCHISE
“I think the audience was grateful for the show and I think, I can only speak for myself, but I am extremely grateful for that show and that whole series. I was supposed to be on there, it was essentially a guest star, possibly reoccurring, which essentially means you are like a pretty big part of the B story of the narrative. And what ended up happening was the audience accepted me and my character, and my sister and I’s story line.
And so, I had the ability to be in fourteen episodes. And I think that the audience is very loyal. I’m sure something of that world will remain. I’m sure the CW will explore every potential avenue to kind of keep some of that alive. We’ll see. The worlds all criss cross each other. And I’m sure if this is the end of that franchise, in all aspects, I think it was equally meaningful for the audience and for those involved with the production.”
In an interview with Decider, Legacies showrunner Brett Matthews also shared his doubts that this is truly the end of the franchise and Julie Plec, architect of The Vampire Diaries franchise, tweeted that she believes “there are many more stories to tell.” The Vampire Diaries has grown into a fleshed out world with extensive magical lore that has continued to develop throughout all three series. And while this will be the first time in over a decade that a series from this franchise is not on The CW’s docket, it seems like the Legacies finale will be a worthy way to bring the series and potentially franchise to a close.
Chris Brochu’s appreciation for the series and fandom is clear. It is interesting that he was able to stay on the series longer than initially expected, especially when one takes into account how much of an impact his storyline has had on the franchise as a whole. Chris played one of the Gemini twins, introducing that storyline and lore into the universe. The concept of the Gemini twins continues to be an integral part of the world to this day, with two of the main characters in Legacies being the nieces of Chris’ character and Gemini twins themselves.
It would be exciting to see the world of The Vampire Diaries continue in some capacity. If not with a new spin-off series, than perhaps through comics similar to how Buffy The Vampire Slayer continues today. Whatever happens next, whether this is the end or simply a hiatus for the franchise, The Vampire Diaries has been a corner stone of The CW for over a decade and has proven itself to be an important franchise for many fans.
The series finale of Legacies premieres on The CW June 16 and will be available on The CW app the following day. The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Legacies are available on Netflix. You can also see Chris Brochu in Zero Contact which is available on digital now. What do you think about The Vampire Diaries franchise coming to an end? Which series is your favorite? How would you like to see the world of The Vampire Diaries continue in the future? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or on our social media and check back with The Illuminerdi for more.