Warning! Spoilers ahead for Vampire Diaries Season 1, Episode 20, “Do Not Go Gentle.”

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Some people have a life coach, but Alaric (Matt Davis) had a death coach. Every time he took a trip beyond the grave, courtesy of his magic ring, Esther (Alice Evans) was waiting to council him into a vampire-hating hunter. Stripping away everything that made him the boozy history teacher we know and love, mama witch readied Alaric for a life-altering spell: She turned him into an Original, capable of killing her remaining children.

Of course, Esther hates abominations, so she set it up so Alaric would die once he finished his task. We’re really starting to dislike her. Elena (Nina Dobrev), Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), and the rest have said their goodbyes to Alaric, and it doesn’t seem like anything of his old self remains. Does this mean his doom is sealed, or will Bonnie (Kat Graham) pull some magic out of her hat (provided the nasty bite he gave her doesn’t do her in)?

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