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You know how Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Katherine (Nina Dobrev) look alike, because, well, they’re doppelgangers and also played by the same actress? Apparently some of the other characters on Vampire Diaries are also making fans do a double take. 

Two of those characters are Alexander (Paul Telfer) — the vampire hunter Rebekah (Claire Holt) fell for in the 1100s — and Professor Shane (David Alpay) — Bonnie’s (Kat Graham) pseudo mentor. Or, at least, we assume that’s the reason behind our latest fan question: Is Professor Shane also Alexander?

It’s easy to understand the confusion: both are involved in the mythology of the Five, both are ruggedly handsome, and we wouldn’t mind seeing either shirtless. But, to answer the question, no — Alexander and Shane are not the same person.

For starters, they’re played by different actors. So, there’s your first clue. Then there’s the pesky detail of Alexander’s death at the hands of Klaus (Joseph Morgan). Unless hunters can come back from the dead — and not just in creepy, haunting ways like Connor (Todd Williams) — Alexander and Shane are definitely not the same person. (Now, if you’d asked if Shane is Silas, that’s a whole different ball of wax.)

That settles that. Now, any other Mystic Falls doppelgangers we’re missing?


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