Vampire Diaries Co-Creator Wants Bonnie in a New Series, But Kat Graham Has Moved On

Who knows what might be coming next in the world of The Vampire Diaries, but don’t count on seeing the return of Bonnie Bennett. In the original Vampire Diaries series, which would spawn two spinoffs in The Originals and Legacies, Kat Graham starred in the vital Bonnie role. The series finale put a cap on the stories of most of the show’s main characters, but Bonnie was left as one person who could theoretically return in a new series.

There’s just one problem with that. Graham has made it pretty clear with some recent comments that she has put Bonnie Bennett in her rearview mirror. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Graham explains that she’s very grateful for her experience with filming eight seasons of The Vampire Diaries, but has since been enjoying the freedom that she’d lost as a star of a popular TV series for so many years. This has left her with no intentions of ever going back to Mystic Falls.

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“I feel like I gave that show, and hopefully the fans that watch it, eight years of my life and poured so much into it and sacrificed a lot of time with my family, even time doing work with the UN refugee agency, doing my activism— so much of that has to get put on hold when you’re on a twenty-two episode series for eight years. So, as grateful, and I mean grateful because I grew from that show, I became who I really am in my twenties from that show, for me, yeah the door is closed.”

The Vampire Diaries co-creator, who also developed the spinoffs, Julie Plec, has responded to Graham’s recent comments. Per Deadline, Plec revealed that there have already been many attempts to get Graham to reprise the role, but perhaps for the reasons stated above, this never came to be. Plec also says she completely understands Graham’s decision and continues to support her, but just in case she changes her mind, Plec is also leaving the door open for Bonnie to potentially come back in a future series.

“We’ve reached out to Kat plenty of times through the years for different The Vampire Diaries-related things and she’s always been very gracious. She’s very kind as she kindly passes. She feels like she has completed her journey as Bonnie, taken the good parts of that journey with her, and put the less good parts behind her to step into the next phase of her career. She’s been growing and doing so well with her music, her appearances, and her acting… The door will always be open for Bonnie Bennett, whether it’s for a spinoff or an appearance—whatever. But I know Kat has a really strong point of view about what she wants for her career to be and where Bonnie fits in that and I respect that completely.”

The Vampire Diaries Saga Isn’t Over Just Yet

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Legacies just recently finished its four-season run on The CW, and with the series finale came the end of the Vamprie Diaries saga. But while Plec was disappointed that Legacies was canceled prematurely, she insists that it doesn’t mean the franchise is finished. As Plec also recently told Entertainment Weekly, there are currently plans to develop another series set in that universe, but it might take some time for fans to see it.

“We had a plan to keep the franchise on the air until the next installment, which exists in our brains, but not on the page yet. There will be another one. We’re a little sad, we’re going to take a beat, but yeah, there’s more ideas. There’s more to do.”