Ever since "The Vampire Diaries" wrapped up its eighth and final season, fans have been wondering the same thing -- will we be getting another spinoff from the world of Mystic Falls?
Thanks to a few doors left open, a second "Vampire Diaries" spinoff is entirely possible. Alaric (Matt Davis) and Caroline (Candice King) started a boarding school for magical children that sounds like it could be the perfect mix of "X-Men" and "True Blood" -- a small town where violence and supernaturals run amok, with a mysterious school looming in the background? Sign us up!
Not to mention, you just know Bonnie (Kat Graham) would probably turn up to teach one day. That's definitely enough characters to constitute a nice spinoff, without suffocating the new story under the old weight of "The Vampire Diaries" legacy.
Series creator Kevin Williams told Deadline that this potential spinoff was an avenue that could possibly be explored. "Look, Caroline and Alaric opening up the school for special children is one avenue we could go down for a potential story line, for its own series... maybe," Williamson says.
Julie Plec, on the other hand, was a little less sure: "I do not have a spinoff in the works, but yes, I have spinoff ideas in my brain."
We're cautiously optimistic about seeing our favorite characters back on the small screen someday, but we're also hedging our bets. Yet another vampire show on The CW? Seems unlikely. Not to mention, there might be a better alternative somewhere in the pipeline.
With "The Originals" still in full swing, it's worth debating whether it could be more effective to simply integrate this magic school storyline into the pre-existing spinoff, rather than launching something entirely new.
We already got the hint in "The Vampire Diaries" series finale that Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is aware of the Salvatore Boarding School, thanks to his beautiful letter to Caroline that just so happened to include a check for $3 million. He's practically bankrolling the entire operation already, so it's not out of the realm of possibility that the school could become part of his storyline in "The Originals."
We've also already seen clues that Hope (Summer Fontana) is a lonely child, unable to control her magic or play with other kids her age. The perfect solution for that little problem? Magic school.
It's common knowledge that Alaric will be making a trip to New Orleans during Season 4 of "The Originals," which will introduce his character into the narrative for the first time -- remember, to people who've only watched "The Originals" and not its prequel, a lot of "The Vampire Diaries" characters are total strangers. After that, adding him and the twins into the spinoff could be a logical next step rather than launching an entirely new show on their backs.
Most obviously, we can't leave out Caroline or the endless anticipation of her eventual arrival in New Orleans.
Fans of the Klaus and Caroline relationship have been not-so-patiently waiting for the day the couple might get another shot, and this might finally be the opportunity to make that happen. Should Hope be sent to the Salvatore Boarding school, we'd finally get an organic way to see Caroline enter "The Originals," and hopefully stick around for a few short arcs. "The Vampire Diaries" did hint at a new story for Caroline where Klaus is involved, and we'd surely be heartbroken to never see that story actualized.
"The Originals" star Phoebe Tonkin recently told us that if the show integrates "TVD" characters into Season 5, Caroline would definitely be her pick. "I've always thought there was definitely room for Caroline to come over," she says. "I just love Candice [King], and would like that personally. That's my social life! But I also just think bringing Caroline would be interesting."
As much as we're dying to see the two worlds unite, it's never easy incorporating an entire group of characters with their own stories to a pre-established narrative, so we have to keep the idea of a second spinoff in the back of our minds. Whichever option will serve these characters best is the one that Plec and Williamson will no doubt pioneer.
"The Originals" airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.