It’s been a while since we’ve seen good, old Jeremy Gilbert (Steven R. McQueen) on “The Vampire Diaries,” but we expect he’s been busy hunting down vampires all across the country (not to mention putting out fires in Chicago).

Now that McQueen has officially been written off “Chicago Fire” though, we can’t help but wonder if he’ll use his new free time to pay a visit to the inhabitants of Mystic Falls as the show that launched his career comes to an end.

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We’ve speculated before that it would be a cool way to bring Jeremy back into the fold if the show’s newest big bad proves to be too much of a conundrum for Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to kill on their own. Who better to shed some light on a confusing new monster than a guy who’s been doing nothing but hunting monsters for the better part of 5 years?

Unfortunately for all you Jeremy fans, McQueen might want to move forward instead of backward at this point in his career.

“Speaking of trajectories, he’s certainly on his way up as an actor, on his way up as a leading man,” executive producer on “Chicago Fire” Michael Brandt tells TV Line. “I think he’s embracing the opportunity to go and be the No. 1 on his own show.”

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McQueen can, and certainly should, land a leading role in a new show this year, but we’ve got our fingers crossed he’ll manage to make a short cameo as we approach the series finale of “The Vampire Diaries.”

If only to see Elena inevitably wake up one day in the distant (or not so distant) future.

“The Vampire Diaries” returns Friday (Oct. 21) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Posted by:Lindsay MacDonald

Lindsay MacDonald is a Los Angeles based entertainment reporter with an affinity for CW superheroes. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a major in Media Studies and a borderline unhealthy obsession with TV in 2012. She would much rather spend the day binge-watching ‘The Flash’ or sorting ‘Game of Thrones’ characters into Hogwarts houses than venturing outdoors. TV words to live by: “Never ignore coincidence. Unless, of course, you’re busy. In which case, always ignore coincidence.”