So far, all our information about the ancient witch Silas has come through Professor Shane (David Alpay). Now that he’s arisen, we’re hoping to get more information about the long-buried supernatural in The Vampire Diaries Season 4, Episode 15, “Stand by Me.” Here a five questions we want answered. 

1. What is he?
Originally, Silas was a witch. With the help if Qetsiyah, he created a spell and became immortal. Obviously he needed blood to be revived after desiccating for thousands of years, so Silas clearly has some vampire elements as well. According to Rebekah (Claire Holt), witches can’t also be vampires, so is Silas breaking all the rules or what?

2. Will he raise the dead?
Either Silas is a master manipulator, or he’s a benevolent witch who is willing to help those who assist him. Shane is a believer. The prof is convinced the witch will raise the dead, including his wife, Caitlin, and young son. But we’re thinking that there’s only one person Silas cares about — the woman Qetsiyah killed when he rejected her. And even if Silas does bring some dead people back, we’re not so sure they won’t be zombies.

3. Will he have the hunter’s curse?
Silas killed Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) by snapping his neck. It didn’t help that the witch drained a bunch of the hunter’s blood first. Now that the member of the Five is dead, will SIlas inherit the hunter’s curse that plagued Elena (Nina Dobrev) before?

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4. What does he look like? 
The only representation we’ve seen of Silas is on Jer’s tattoo. Let’s hope whoever designed the mark took some artistic license, because that dude looks like a creepy gnome. Maybe that’s what happens when you cross a witch with a vampire? 

5. Is hell on earth coming? 
Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic) was dead set (no pun intended) against awakening Silas, referring anyone who would listen to the tales he’d heard about the destruction and chaos the ancient one would create. Something tells us the Original was onto something, and Silas won’t greet his island friends as liberators.