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Way back when in The Vampire Diaries Season 1, The Town Council (also known as The Founders’ Council) was kind of a big deal. They even managed to massacre a whole bunch of vampires (and a few werewolves) in the Season 1 finale. Since then, they’ve met with less luck and were pretty much wiped out in Season 4. Can we expect The Council to return? We speculate below.

History lesson

For those who need a refresher, The Town Council was formed by the founding families of Mystic Falls (including the Gilberts) shortly after the events of 1864 (i.e. when Vampire Katherine came to town and everything went to hell). Their goal: to keep the town safe from vampires. In line with their mission statement, they rounded up the vampires in town and locked them in a tomb to dessicate for a century-and-a-half. (Spoiler: Katherine escaped.) In Season 1, they finally killed the vampires from the tomb. Since then, they have been an occasional irritation to our favorite Mystic Falls vamps and werewolves.

Tools

The Council has all kinds of neat tools to keep the vampires at bay, including a vampire muzzle to prevent biting, a vampire-identifying compass, and the Gilbert ring that keeps its wearer from dying a supernaturally-caused death. The Council’s chief weapon, however, it its supply of vervain, an herb that can weaken a vampire if exposed. The Council pumps it en masse into the town’s water supply, though many vampires have begun to dose themselves with the herb in an attempt to build up an immunity.

Where are they now?

The Council has become largely defunct since Pastor Young’s house explosion in the Season 4 premiere. Following, the only remaining members of The Council were Carol Lockwood, Elizabeth Forbes, and Meredith Fell. Carol was killed by Klaus later in the season, leaving just Elizabeth and Meredith. Post-explosion, The Council played no role in Season 4.

Season 5 speculation (and beyond)

Though we haven’t heard any whispers concerning The Council in relation to Season 5, we can’t help but speculate that The Council will eventually make its triumphant return. TVD is as much about Mystic Falls and its history as it is about any of its main characters, and that history includes The Council tradition. We speculate that the question lies not in if The Council will return, but how?

Most of the founding families now have vampires and/or werewolves as their next generation (i.e. Elena, Caroline, Tyler), and the remaining human council members are sympathetic to the supernatural cause. They don’t want to see their friends and loved ones killed, and actively worked against that goal even when on The Council. If The Council continues, it is going to be populated by these people - our favorite vampire, werewolves, and supernatural sympathizers!

Should a need arise again for The Council, it will most likely come in the form or a threat to this alliance between the supernaturals of Mystic Falls and the humans who love them. And, come Season 8 or 9, you just know that the outside world is going to come knocking, and that The Council 2.0 will have to defend Mystic Falls again!

Do you think The Council will be relevant on TVD again? If so, when and why? Share your theories in the comments below!

Catch the Season 5 premiere of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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