After months of wondering, “The Originals” fans gained some good news. Fans learned that “The Originals” season 5 was officially confirmed earlier this week. The CW Network decided that the vampire spinoff show was good enough for another year, giving it a good chance of syndication later. There is no news of whether or not this is going to be the last season of the show just yet.

Steady ratings, but questionable future

From June 2016 there were questions over the future of “The Originals.” When The CW confirmed its fall 2016 lineup, the Mikaelsons were missing.

Mark Pedowitz, head of CW entertainment, did confirm that the show would air in the midseason section in an attempt to make the midseason lineup strong. The show joined the likes of “iZombie,” “The 100,” and “Reign.”

However, later news that it would get a 13-episode order and wouldn’t air until March 2016 worried fans. Usually shows only get a reduced episode order if there is something happening with the crew (such as the 2008 writer’s strike) or the show is coming to an end. That being said, The CW is known for changing its episode orders depending on ratings, as “Reign” has now had two seasons of reduced episode orders.

When “The Vampire Diaries” announced it would air its final season, fans worried even more.

Was there any hope for “The Originals” season 5 when its parent show was off the air?

Publications scaremongering about ‘The Originals’ cancellation

Just last week, fans feared the worst again. After a few weeks of hope that “The Originals” would be renewed, a publication shared that the spinoff was “likely cancelled.” Fans quickly took to Twitter questioning whether this was true.

Many other publications refused to believe that it was, as the ratings were holding steady.

Fans weren’t going to let it happen, though.

They created a petition, with the hope of getting another season. However, live ratings and tweets would only be considered by The CW.

The good news is that the four shows left hanging in the balance from The CW were all confirmed earlier this week. “The Originals” season 5 wasn’t the only renewal news. “iZombie” season 4 was also confirmed, which many fans suspected would happen. The two freshmen shows from this season, “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow,” were expectedly cancelled by the network.

There is currently no news about where “The Originals” season 5 will appear in The CW lineup. Considering the ratings, it is very likely that it will keep its midseason lineup with the reduced episode order.

Fans will need to wait and see if this will be the final season. If it is, Julie Plec and the cast will likely make an announcement at San Diego Comic Con, as “The Vampire Diaries” cast did last year.