It’s no secret Vampire Diaries co-stars Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) and Michael Malarkey (Enzo) share a bromance both on- and off-screen — but did Ian really threaten to quit for his co-star?

According to executive producer Caroline Dries, yes! She told HitFix (with a laugh) at a recent press screening and Q&A sesh that "Ian pulled me aside and said, ‘If you kill Enzo, I'm gonna quit.’” According to the news outlet, Ian “gushed” about Michael at the same event — complimenting his “acting commitment and ‘Johnny Depp’ looks, noting how deeply he portrays Enzo's heartache over Maggie.” Yeah, those heartbroken eyes got us, too.

So, we don’t think Ian really would have quit — well, we certainly hope not given that Enzo has been killed off — but we think the sentiment behind his actions was genuine: he believes Michael makes TVD better, and we agree! Lucky for everyone involved, Enzo’s death in last night’s episode doesn’t mean that he is gone as a character. According to Caroline, he will continue on at least through the Season 5 finale...

"We purposefully had [Enzo] show up at the end as a ghost to imply that his story isn't over,” Caroline told The Hollywood Reporter. “He is going to become a ghost villain moving forward. We'll see him all the way through to the finale as the bad guy." We suppose Ghost Enzo is better than no Enzo.

Does this story touch your heart as much as it does ours? What do you think Enzo and Damon’s relationship will look like

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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