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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.
Now there is a spin-off called The Originals, that goes into depth about the original vampire family from The Vampire Diaries.
Kevin Williamson felt to do the best show possible, he would rather do 22 episodes.
"I'd rather have a great 22 than a good 24 if Kevin couldn't do it," he explained.
The first writers meeting for the fifth season held on April 15, 2013.
Filming began on July 10, 2013, and finished on April 10, 2014.
The third-season finale, "The Departed," received critical acclaim.
They guard the town mainly from vampires, although there are many more supernatural threats such as werewolves, witches, hybrids, ghosts and many more.
Initially, Kevin Williamson had little interest in developing the series, finding the premise too similar to other vampire tales.
On January 11, 2015, the CW renewed the series for a seventh season.
President of The CW, Mark Pedowitz, said in an interview at the summer TCA's that The Vampire Diaries didn't receive an extra episode order for the second season at the request of Kevin Williamson.