Vampire Diaries Will Damon (Ian Somerhalder) return in Season 7 of "The Vampire Diaries"? The answer is still up in the air. Photo: CW

Fans of “The Vampire Diaries” may want to start preparing for the end. The CW show may still be a hit ratingswise, but that doesn’t mean the supernatural series will go on forever. Rumors have been circulating the drama might come to an end after its coming sixth season -- and star Ian Somerhalder isn’t helping with rumor control.

The 35-year-old actor who plays Damon Salvatore allegedly indicated viewers might be saying goodbye to “The Vampire Diaries” after Season 6, according to Digital Spy. “It very well could be our last [season],” Somerhalder reportedly said. “I think now that there’s a finality to it, everyone’s really realizing that this is a very important time in our lives. We created some very cool storytelling.”

Talk of The CW show’s sixth season being its final one was sparked in mid-August when E Online reported that only two of the three members of the core trio on “The Vampire Diaries” had signed for Season 7. A source told the site one of the main stars (Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder or Paul Wesley) is “unsure whether he or she wants to continue.” Because the series has yet to be picked up by the network for a seventh season, the loss of one of the main actors could potentially result in the show’s cancellation. However E Online said it had also heard the network would “consider continuing the show without all three stars.” Instead, “The Vampire Diaries” would shift its focus to some of its other characters -- such as Caroline, Bonnie, Jeremy, Tyler, Matt or Alaric.

Fortunately, executive producer Julie Plec has some encouraging words for fans worried about the end. In May she informed Entertainment Weekly that the last season of “The Vampire Diaries” is not even on their “radar” yet.

“You could ask 10 different people that question and get 10 different answers, in terms of how long the life of the show is,” Plec dished. “Warner Bros. would say, ‘17 seasons!’ And I think I would say, ‘Seven!’ [she laughs] Presumably, we’ll land somewhere closer to my wishes or theirs, depending on the circumstances.”

“The Vampire Diaries” Season 6 premieres on The CW Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. EDT. Would you be happy if Season 6 was the final season of “The Vampire Diaries”? Take the poll below: