Like, a lot of questions. A lot of big questions, about the fate of some very important characters — living, dead, or somewhere in between life and death. Thankfully, executive producer Julie Plec provided some answers (and some non-answers) to make the long summer wait a little easier until we get new episodes of “The Vampire Diaries” in the fall.
Damon and Bonnie’s fate
Plec tells EW that while the Other Side is definitely gone for good, Damon and Bonnie’s fates are a little less clear at the moment. “I think the ending of the episode is meant to be left up deliberately for speculation of what exactly did happen to them. I can say for certain the Other Side is gone for good, and I can say for certain that when The Other Side disappeared for good that they had already been dealt with — whether it’s through finding peace or other means. Outside of that [laughs], I think I’ll let the speculation blow around a little while longer.”
As for whether or not fans will still see Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham on the show, Plec had this to day: “We will definitely see Ian Somerhalder and Kat Graham on the show. I mean, there’s a million different ways that you can do that. But as far as in what context — how, why, and where? — that’s part of the mystery.”
Just because Lexi is truly gone for good now, that doesn’t mean we won’t see her on the show again. It just won’t be in present time. “Lexi is great in our flashbacks and part of Stefan’s life, all the way from 1864 on, so we might see Arielle [Kebbel] again as Lexi in the past,” Plec says.
Who found peace vs. who got sucked into oblivion
Plec tells TVLine that there is a difference between those that got sucked away on the Other Side, and those that found peace in that white light. “We don’t like to say things like ‘heaven’ and ‘hell’ on our show, but anybody can define what they saw the way they want to define it,” Plec says. “I can say that Lexi, in my heart, found peace, and I believe the same is true for Grams. I definitely know that Silas and Markos and everybody else is definitely gone for good. As for Damon and Bonnie, the question is: What happened to them? What did they find?”
Tyler’s supernatural status
When Tyler came back from the Other Side, he realized he was no longer a hybrid. So what is he? “What got stripped away from him when he got thrown over the border were the elements that made him both vampire and triggered-werewolf. So he is back to being a boy with a werewolf gene,” Plec says. “And so it puts him in a really interesting predicament next year because it’s almost like a do-over in a good way, but also a scary way. Now with that comes that testosterone, needing to work out his aggressions, and find way to not lose his s***, so to speak, so that he doesn’t re-trigger the curse [laughs]. I think after having gone through everything he went through, re-triggering the werewolf curse would be possibly a fate worse than death at this point.”
But Plec reveals some good news for Tyler to THR. “I’m excited about Tyler’s storyline this year,” Plec says. “It’s time for him to find somebody new to love, because one thing that can help us with the darkest parts inside ourselves is the light of love, so I’m looking forward to exploring that with him.”
As for the rest of the newly-returned supernatural souls …
But Tyler’s case is the exception, since he died as a boy with a werewolf gene after the spell stripped him of magic. The rest of them — Stefan, Elena, Enzo, etc. — are still vampires. And that means Alaric is still an Original vampire, though less evil than when he died.
“He’s still a super Original, and I think if anybody doesn’t want to be that, it’s Alaric,” Plec says. “We never really got to see him deal with having become a vampire, because Esther had gotten in his head and screwed with his brain so badly that he just kind of became the villain with no conscience. So now this is our favorite sexy teacher back in our lives and having to hide the fact that [laughs] A) he’s this weird, weird breed of vampire and B) he’s not particularly sure if he likes it. So it’ll be a good story for him.”
Plus, Alaric might be getting a love interest next season, complicating his vampire status even more. “I think as we watched Alaric struggle with living the hidden life of a vampire, wouldn’t it be nice if a woman entered his life who he had interest in, that he had to hide that from?” Plec says. “You get a little fun Stefan-and-Elena stuff in Season 1 with Alaric, who is trying to get his life together.”
Enzo: Good or evil?
And as for Enzo, Plec reveals he’s not done causing trouble on the show. “Oh, Enzo’s not making any friends,” Plec says. “The beauty of Enzo is that we find him delightful, but he doesn’t need any friends. He definitely is a thorn in a couple people’s side, and will continue to be so in that delicious, devilish way that he has.”