AceShowbiz - Steven R. McQueen is leaving Mystic Falls after more than five years. The actor is set to exit "The Vampire Diaries" as series regular in the 14th episode of the current season 6. Showrunner Julie Plec said at the TCA, "We're saying goodbye to Steven McQueen, as a series regular, in the 14th episode."
Plec assured fans that the character wouldn't be killed off, telling E! News, "I wouldn't dare kill Jeremy; I think that would be all forms of cruelty. But I do think that he's a man now, he's not a little kid anymore and he's got to live his life. It's time for him to get started doing that."
As for why McQueen's character Jeremy Gilbert was cut from the show, Plec explained, "As we continue to grow and add new characters and grow up our characters, every year we assess where our characters are and we decide is it time for them to grow up and move on, is it time for them to die, where are they going, what can their departure do to other characters, what can their departure do for their own character."
She continued, "We weigh the pros and cons of keeping or losing anybody at any given point, which is what keeps the show a little bit fresh is that you do actually say goodbye to people."
Plec went on sharing that she was emotional when she saw the filming of McQueen's last scene. "I got really nostalgic and really emotional about it because I said to Ian [Somerhalder], every episode and every character goodbye that we do now feels like we're just one goodbye closer to the end," she told Variety.
"I'm sure there's somebody out there that wants the show to go 20 seasons, but it won't. It will go eight, it'll go seven, it'll go nine, whatever, but we've done six, so we're in the third act of our story - so everything is leading us toward the end. Every goodbye actually hurts a bit. I've become so close to these people. You don't spend that much time with people and not fall in love with them."
"The Vampire Diaries" airs Thursdays at 8 P.M. on The CW. The show has just been renewed for a seventh season.