“The Vampire Diaries” has never exactly been precious about killing off characters, but did they really go so far as to kill Tyler Lockwood in their final season?

Each time a new face pops up in Mystic Falls, we’re all pretty much counting down the days until they kick the bucket. With a few exceptions like Enzo (Michael Malarkey) and the Original Family, pretty much all newcomers — supernatural or not — are slated for death on this vampire series. The main characters, however, are a pretty different story.

Despite how often the kids in Mystic Falls take a trip to the afterlife, they almost always live to tell the tale. Could “The Vampire Diaries” finally have thrown us all for a loop in its final season by killing off Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino) for good?

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We’re confident enough to call him dead-dead after Matt (Zach Roerig) tragically found his body shoved in a trunk. However, we aren’t totally sure that this is the last we’ve seen of Tyler.

For one, a death as huge as Tyler Lockwood’s felt like it probably should have had a bit more of a lead up to it. He may not be a regular on the show anymore, but he was still a staple of the series at one point. If he’s going out for good, we’d expect one or two last moments with Caroline (Candice King) or Matt (Zach Roerig), the two characters he was closest too.

On the more spoilery end of the doubt spectrum, Trevino has been filming episodes of “The Vampire Diaries” off and on this fall, which seems to indicate he could be back on our screens in the near future.

It wouldn’t exactly be a groundbreaking choice for the show to make, since ghosts, flashbacks and visions are par for the course in Mystic Falls.

Given that he’s killed multiple people, could Tyler be headed for this hell dimension the sirens and Cade are tangled up in? And if so, does that mean Stefan (Paul Wesley) could find a way to get him back during his new mission to kill the devil?

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Finally, the biggest indicator for Tyler’s survival comes from executive producer Julie Plec herself. “He’s remained firmly embedded in the supernatural universe,” Plec tells Entertainment Weekly, “So he’s got information that our heroes don’t have, which is pretty key in the moment when it’s revealed.”

Besides giving Damon the verbal equivalent of a smack upside the head, Tyler didn’t reveal much key information during his short appearance in “You Decided That I Was Worth Saving.” He certainly wasn’t feeling chatty in the trunk either.

Short of a farewell letter sent upon the occurrence of his death, we don’t see how a dead Tyler Lockwood could convey this oh-so-important info to the rest of our characters.

“The Vampire Diaries” airs Fridays 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.”