You can’t go home again (if you’re a supernatural from Mystic Falls). In Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries, the Travelers cast a spell that makes Mystic Falls a magic-free zone. This is bad news for most of our main characters, given that they are not only mostly supernaturals, but call the Virginian hamlet home.  How will this effort to reclaim their home factor into Season 6? Executive producer Caroline Dries talked to Alloy Entertainment on the subject.

“The anti-magic boundary will continue to play a role moving forward as we begin to explore this notion of what it means to go home again,” Caroline teased. “As the story unfolds we’ll see the effects exile has had on everyone and see that everyone is handling it (and the loss of their loved ones) differently and personal journeys will form. Some will be fighting for a way to save their home, others have given up or moved on or found peace with it… We wanted the fallout to be personal for everyone.”

Sign us up. TVD stumbled a bit this past season in making a thematic jump from high school drama to college drama — or, if not college, than post-high school drama. Questions about the nature of home — and if you can go home again — make a lot of sense for the next phase of this coming-of-age tale. In the Season 5 finale, these heroes didn’t just lose two of their loved ones, they lost the place that grounds them, the place that holds their histories. We’re glad to see that TVD is exploring both of those tragedies, especially given that — though the vampire drama has explored the themes of grief and loss over loved ones a great deal — we’ve yet to see the show ask many questions about these characters’ connection to place.

Are you excited to see this theme explored? What do you think it might look like? And which characters do you predict will be ready to leave Mystic Falls behind? Share your theories in the comments below!

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