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With all the hubbub over Damon and Bonnie’s apparent deaths in the Season 5 finale of The Vampire Diaries, we’ve not had the chance to suitably express our excitement over the return of Alaric (Matt Davis) as a series regular in Season 6. What will the history teaching vampire be up to when we next meet up with him? TVD executive producer Julie Plec chatted to TV Guide on the most important subject.


“Alaric is struggling a little bit,” Julie admitted of Alaric’s state-of-mind in Season 6. “He was turned into a breed of original vampire and then set on a killing mission and then he died, so after being a weird vampire and a ghost for all this time he's assimilating into his life as this creature he never wanted to be. But he's still trying to be the human that he was and it's not easy for him.” And that’s without even taking into account the apparent death of his former BFF, Damon. That’s gotta put a damper on the whole resurrection thing, amirite? These two better be alive at the same time eventually, show.

Of course, it’s not all misery for Alaric in Season 6. There are a few silver linings to his resurrection in the form of a renewed relationship with Elena, and the possibility of a new love interest. Julie teased: “There might be some help and assistance that comes in the form of a woman he'll meet, and he and Elena are closer than ever, which is great because she has somebody in her life she can really rely on and they can share their grief together.” We are Team Love when it comes to Alaric. This guy deserves a break.

Who do you think Alaric’s new love interest might be? What hopes do you have for his character in Season 6? Sound off in the comments below!

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