Credit: Art Streiber/The CW ©2010 The CW Network Photo: Matt Davis as Alaric

There’s no denying Alaric had a rough Season 2 — he lost not only his girlfriend Jenna, but he also lost his body when baddie Klaus used it as a vehicle to toy with Mystic Falls’ supernatural crew.

But that’s all in the past now — or is it? With Jenna — the Gilberts’ legal guardian — in her final resting place (Viva La Jenna!), Jeremy and Elena are once again parentless, and many are speculating ‘Ric will take over parental duties.

The Vampire Diaries executive producer Kevin Williamson tells E! that Alaric will without a doubt “wrestle with the death of Jenna” (read: he feels very bad about it). Plus, fans will “see how he mans up with regard to how he can be there for Elena and Jeremy in sort of the family unit.” Wonder if they’ll start calling him Dad?

But that’s not all! Alaric will face another challenge when he willingly jumps “right in the middle of trying to help save Stefan,” Williamson says.

Sounds like ‘Ric is gonna be in the middle of a lot, actually. At least that means he’s not going anywhere anytime soon!

Source: E!