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Vampire Diaries: Paul Wesley, Candice King on whether the show should end in hell

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With nine episodes left in The Vampire Diaries‘ run, it’s time for the show to start building to its end. But with the introduction of hell in season 8, there’s the question of just how happy the series finale might be. Could the show ultimately end with the characters we love having to pay for their sins? After all, these are vampires we’re talking about.

“I suppose it would be justice,” Paul Wesley says of the idea that everyone ends up in hell. “I wouldn’t be entirely like, ‘Oh my god, how could they do that to Stefan?'”

Candice King agrees: “As a logical thinking person, yes, that’s exactly what should probably happen. They’ve committed awful heinous supernatural crimes and they should probably pay for them. It’s a show where a lot of people get brutally murdered every week, so it’s definitely not that far off that it’s been coming to them for a while to pay for the crimes they’ve committed.”

And yet, neither Wesley nor King is a big fan of the idea that the show ends in actual hell. As a concept, they understand that their characters have done bad things, but there are other ways to incorporate that idea. “Whatever they do, I’ll respect, but I do think there needs to be some level of what goes around comes around,” Wesley says. “But this whole notion of showing hell and Stefan’s being tortured in some like lava layer is ridiculous.”

“It’s not fun to watch these characters go through that. I hope it’s a quick payment — they can just use Apple pay and get it done real fast,” King says with a laugh. “As a television viewer, I think it’s much more fun to live in the romanticized version where they’re just good people at heart, and there’s nice vampires and witches. I’d like a happy-ish ending for most of them.”

The Vampire Diaries returns Friday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.