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For any television series to have sustained success, it needs a strong hardcore fan base to support the show. This can be built over time or, ideally, a TV show will have that loyal fan base to begin with. The types of shows that have an ingrained fan base from the beginning are those that are usually adapting source material from a film, book, comic book etc. The Walking Dead, Jack Ryan and Game of Thrones are examples of this.
The Originals is another example of this as it is the spin-off of The Vampire Diaries which was a TV show based on a highly popular young adult book series. Sadly, for fans of the show, The Originals has come to an end ahead of the debut of another spin-off series of The Vampire Diaries called Legacies. Julie Plec, creator of The Originals, recently had the chance to speak to Variety about the series finale and ending this show:
“I’m glad we got to bring the story to its full completion with the blessing of the studio and the network, and I’m glad we got to bring the full experience to the fans. Whether they want me dead or not when it’s over, it was a very creatively satisfying journey for us in the writers room and for myself in particular. I’m proud of it, even though I know it’s tragic.”
“The best part about knowing the show is coming to an end is that you enter the writing of the final season with absolute carte blanche to do anything you’ve ever wanted to do and with the understanding that where you are taking your characters at the end of the season is where you are leaving them in perpetuity. So the final seasons, now that I’ve done it a couple of times, are the easiest to write of all the seasons because you are driving along a very clear path — even if the results at the end of the path change organically over the course of the season, the end of the path is clear. It’s a marvelous experience.”
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