Dr. Wes Maxfield (Rick Cosnett) has been nothing but trouble for our fang gang on The Vampire Diaries, but is he really evil? A recent tweet from Rick has looking at the brilliant young microbiologist in a completely different way.

“3 Days till #TVD I love my #TVDFamily You guys are wonderfully crazy, but not as cray as #DrWes... Or is he? Watch out for #TVDThursday,” Rick tweeted yesterday, counting down the days until TVD returns from its hiatus this Thursday. (Aren’t we all?) But there’s more to this tweet than just a friendly reminder to tune in. Is Rick implying that Dr. Wes might not be as evil as we previously assumed?

Now, evil is obviously a relative term on The Vampire Diaries. If told from a different perspective, any one of the main characters we consider heroes could easily fall into the villain category. Using that framework, Dr. Wes’ work experimenting on vampires could be considered a noble pursuit. Like Elena’s father, he is working to save lives and rid the world of monsters. Of course, when the monsters are just as deserving as life as non-supernaturals (a conceit this show is founded on), then his work becomes a bit murkier. “The ends justifies the means” may sound pretty, but experimenting and killing is never justified. So, not cool, Dr. Wes. Couldn’t you ask for willing vampire participants? Maybe give them some course credit?

Of course, in the world of television, this kind of destructive character is sometimes given a degree of sympathy if the horrific acts are committed under duress — i.e. they are being forced to do something. Could Dr. Wes have been forced to focus his rather large brain on vampire experimentation? Perhaps, the Augustine Society has in their possession someone he loves? Or, better yet, he has been possessed by a Traveler looking to advance their nefarious and mysterious cause.

A more likely possibility is that Dr. Wes is actually a Whitmore, which would explain his guardianship of Aaron. It would also explain his hatred of all vampires — as they have killed every family member he has ever had. Though this wouldn’t make any of his experimentation any more right, it would make it more understandable. We always thought Aaron forgave Damon the murder of his family members a little too easily.

Whatever the potential secret behind Dr. Wes’ scientific drive, we wouldn’t rule anything out — no matter how seemingly far-fetched. On this show, anything is possible!

Do you think Dr. Wes is evil? Why or why not? Do you think he’s working or being controlled by someone we haven’t yet met? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, February 27 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!