It has been over a year since The Vampire Diaries wrapped up its eight-season run on The CW. One of the network's most successful franchises (the spinoff, The Originals, wraps its five seasons this year, and a currently untitled spinoff of that show is now in the works), The Vampire Diaries bucked the trend of romantic, sparkly vampires and instead delivered shocking scenes of violence and complex characters.
When the series ended, vampire Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) killed himself, thereby saving the town and allowing his brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to go from vampire to human and live a natural life with his girlfriend, Elena. When Damon ultimately dies a natural death, he is reunited with his brother, where he greets him with a contented, "Hello brother."
However, that is not the original final line in the script. Series co-creator Kevin Williamson (who also wrote the Scream films) recently told EW that in the first draft of the script, the final line of the series was, "Oh, I see they have hero hair in heaven."
Alas, when Williamson started working on the script with The Vampire Diaries co-creator Julie Plec, they decided to make the final line a little more sentimental.
"Hello brother" certainly comes across more emotional than the "hero hair" line, especially when you consider that, in the pilot episode, these were the same words that Damon first spoke to his brother. Back then, the words had a different connotation, since Damon was a pleasantly unpleasant anti-hero.
What do you think of the line change? Was it for the best?