Filming began on July 10, 2013, and finished on April 10, 2014.On July 23, 2016, it was announced that show would end after a 16-episode eighth season.Initially, Kevin Williamson had little interest in developing the series, finding the premise too similar to other vampire tales.However, at the urging of Julie Plec, he began to read the novels and started to become intrigued by the story: "I began to realize that it was a story about a small town, about that town's underbelly and about what lurks under the surface." The pilot episode was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, but the rest of the episodes have been filmed in Covington, Georgia (which doubles as the show's fictional small town of Mystic Falls, Virginia) and various other communities around Greater Atlanta The series was given a full 22-episode order on October 21, 2009, after strong ratings for the first half of the season.She also praised Dobrev's performance in this episode, addressing her behaviour as another reason the final revelation from Meredith was more shocking and believable.
The brothers' history and the town's mythology are revealed through flashbacks as the series goes on.The town's politics are orchestrated by descendants of the original founding families, all comprising a "Founders' Council." The founding families of Mystic Falls includes the Salvatores, the Gilberts, the Fells, the Forbes, and the Lockwoods.They guard the town mainly from vampires, although there are many more supernatural threats such as werewolves, witches, hybrids, ghosts and many more.The Vampire Diaries initially received mixed reviews, which through the course of the show improved greatly.Metacritic gave the show a Metascore of 50 (out of 100) based on 22 critical reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
"I'd rather have a great 22 than a good 24 if Kevin couldn't do it," he explained.