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The end is near for The Originals.
A year after it was revealed that The Vampire Diaries was ending, Julie Plec has now made another heart-wrenching announcement about her other beloved vampire series. The show's creator and showrunner shared via Twitter on Thursday that season five of The Originals will be its last.
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"This year, we invite you to help us say goodbye to The Originals, which begins shooting its fifth and final season on Monday," Plec wrote. "It's both a gift and a burden to be able to control the ending of a series."
"Ending a show is always bittersweet, but for me, it's a true blessing to be a part of making that choice," she continued. "I want each actor to play their last scene as their character, and to put their character to bed with grace »
Someone crashing their rival's wedding to try to sweep the bride off her feet is a soap opera staple.
Bo and Jack both did it in grand, dramatic fashions that have become classic Days of Our Lives clips.
Chad interrupted Gabi and Nick's wedding to reveal that Nick wasn't the father of Gabi's baby and chaos ensued.
All of these were great, soapy moments. But the nonsense over Abigail and Chad's vow renewal ceremony that went on almost all week wasn't.
From the second Abigail decided to renew her vows, a ton of contrived drama took over the entire show.
Kate decided that Chad belonged with Gabi and made sure to tell everyone she ran across, especially Abigail and Gabi.
Gabi tried to act like she had some morals and refused to go after Chad only because Abigail was her friend.
Abby and Gabi tried not being friends for about five seconds, »
- Jack Ori
Some of the greatest soap drama comes from tragic heroes.
These characters have been so damaged by painful life experiences that they feel worthless and get in their own way, sometimes with tragic consequences.
That kind of drama is what drew me to Jj and to Nicole, two characters who have since been completely rewritten to lose both their zest for life and their heartbreaking self-esteem problems.
It also made Jack and Jennifer's relationship interesting back in the day, because the conflict primarily came from Jack's overwhelming sense of guilt and fear.
And it could make Eric an interesting character now, if only Days of Our Lives would put an original spin on it and not just try to copy what Jack and Jennifer had.
Eric certainly has reason to feel guilty. He has to live with the fact that he got drunk and killed his best friend in a car accident about 18 months ago, »
- Jack Ori
Days of Our Lives came so close to having a compelling story when Eli turned out to be Julie's grandson.
Julie's son, David, had just died suddenly and Julie was estranged from him for years.
Eli's mother is David's first love, Valerie, whose history includes being part of the first interracial couple in daytime history. And of course, Julie and Doug are not only the only remaining supercouple in Salem, but powerful actors who have carried strong storylines for decades.
This kind of story is the stuff soap viewers hunger for, so why is it so rushed and free of drama?
There was so much that was offensive, obnoxious, or downright boring this week on Days of Our Lives, yet the one story that has something to offer is not much of a story at all.
Eli was understandably angry at his mother when he found out that Valerie had »
- Jack Ori
4 items from 2017
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