The Vampire Diaries may have officially concluded but there are still some fans who are not over the show, particularly the fate of one of its beloved characters. Stefan Salvatore ultimately sacrificed himself less than 24 hours after he and Caroline Forbes tied the knot. Though the ending was unexpected and disappointing to some fans, Paul Wesley thinks his character deserved what he got.
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"It was something I was really hoping for," Wesley old TVLine
of Stefan's demise. "I'd put in a good word, because I felt it needed to end that way. I thought he really needed to die."
While Stefan was deemed as a protagonist for the most part of The Vampire Diaries, Wesley couldn't help but dwell on Stefan's dark side.
"It was important poetic justice for all the bad things he'd done," Wesley continued. "He was a murderer ultimately. He'd found so much redemption, yet was still tormented. For me, him making that ultimate sacrifice was a great way to say goodbye."
For now, Wesley is trying to branch out and do something different from what he has done in the past eight years. Though he already rejected the idea of appearing on TVD's spin-off The Originals or anything supernatural related, that doesn't mean he wouldn't be open to working behind the scenes. In fact, the 34-year-old actor recently directed an episode of Shadowhunters.
"When I read the script for the first time, I have a clear vision of the thematic and the story," Wesley said of the episode "Day of Atonement," which aired July 17.
Wesley, who has directed five episodes of The Vampire Diaries, is obviously no stranger to the world of the supernatural. According to the cast of Shadowhunters, he has the insight and the instinct in what works and what doesn't while offering some fresh perspective to the series.
Have you made your peace with Stefan's fate? Do you want to see more of Wesley's work as a director? Let us know what you think in the comments!
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