The Vampire Diariesstory began with Elena Gilbert’s struggle to get over her parents’ untimely deaths. But was Elena’s mourning premature? What is this we hear about Papa Gilbert (aka Grayson) appearing in an upcoming TVD episode?

Elena’s dad will be in an upcoming episode, according to E! Online, but only in flashback form. Hey, we’ll take what we can get! Even though Elena’s adoptive parents get the occasional references, they are rarely actually seen on-screen in anything other than picture. Grayson did get a flashback in Season 3, but we know relatively little about him. Perhaps that will change in the upcoming flashback when we will see a younger Elena catching Grayson’ off guard while he’s hard-at-work in his Basement of Harbored Secrets.

We’re guessing this reappearance will have something to do with the mystery surrounding roommate Megan’s murder. Following her death-by-vampire, Elena found a picture of Megan and Grayson together on Megan’s phone. How did Megan know Elena’s father? And was their relationship connected to Megan’s death? Grayson Gilbert was an active member of Mystic Falls’ Founders Council. He held a strong belief that all vampires were evil and must be killed. Did he go to Whitmore College to continue his cause?

Are you as excited as we are to learn more about Grayson Gilbert? What secrets do you think he was hiding? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.