With Tessa, Silas, and Amara out of the picture for good on The Vampire Diaries, we’re ready to set our attention on the Big Bads brewing on the Whitmore College campus mainly, the Augustine Society and its Augustine vampire. We know little about the Augustine vamp aside from his connection to the seemingly anti-vamp super secret society, but this promo pic from Season 5, Episode 9 (“Fifty Shades of Grayson”) has us wondering: Could Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) become the next Augustine vampire?

The Augustine Society and its vampire

We know that the Augustine vampire killed Megan, Elena and Caroline’s freshman roomie, in the Season 5 premiere. We also know that the Augustine Society covered it up. This is strange, considering the society was frequented by Grayson Gilbert (aka Elena’s late father and known anti-vamp human) and they try to keep vampires from joining their ranks. Is the Augustine vampire some kind of pawn? And what makes this vamp special? It can’t just be its association to the Society? Might the Augustine vampire have enhanced powers, perhaps as a result of Dr. Wes Maxfield’s research into vampire physiology?

The current Augustine vampire

We’re still not sure who the Augustine vampire currently is, but our money is on Enzo, a yet-to-be-introduced friend from Damon’s past. The fact that he is Damon’s “old friend” implies he has been alive for a while, which implies vamp. And the fact that we see him strapped down in a laboratory with Elena in a neighboring medical bed in the aforementioned promo pic makes us think he is mixed up in the Augustine Society’s business. The questions remains, however: Is he good or bad? Does he mean to kill humans like Megan or was he instructed by the Society? If the latter is the case, why does the Society need its own vampire? What is the Augustine vampire’s purpose?!

Elena as the next Augustine vampire

Aside from the precariousness of Elena’s position in the promo pic, our reasons for wondering if Elena will be the next Augustine vamp are varied. First of all, she has already shown an interest in the Augustine Society because of her father’s involvement. The episode that sees Elena and Enzo strapped down is entitled “Fifty Shades of Grayson” witty, we know  in reference to Elena’s pops, Grayson. If Elena is desperate enough to find out the truth about her father’s connection to the Society, we could see her even volunteering for the role of Augustine vamp in an attempt to infiltrate the Society.

Even if Elena’s not that committed to the pursuit of truth, the Society might find her a good candidate for other reasons not only because she already knows too much about their secrets, but perhaps because her family connection makes her attractive in some other way. Dr. Wes told Caroline and Katherine that the Augustine Society likes to recruit legacies. Might there be a reason for this beyond the obvious explanation of learned loyalty to the Society? And why hasn’t Jeremy been pulled into any of this? He better get his biceps to Whitmore College fast!

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Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, November 21 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.