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Just when The Vampire Diaries’ cone of silence was starting to make us go batty, Paley Fest 2012 popped up, and all of a sudden we were swimming in more spoilers than we knew what to do with. First of all, the biggest one — about Alaric’s (Matt Davis) fate — is executive producer Julie Plec-approved. Yay! Read on to find out if everyone’s favorite intoxicated professor is still alive and kicking in Mystic Falls.

"A little spoiler alert, but of the 'duh' variety" Plec tells TV Guide, “We will actually see Alaric again and he'll find himself in this week's episode caught right smack in the center of this murder investigation.” More than that, it sounds like he might be a suspect: The handsome history teacher wakes up from his near-fatal gunshot wound (courtesy of Meredith Fell) in jail, E! reports. This is also when we learn more about Alaric’s frat boy days at Duke.

As for the bad romance going on between Caroline (Candice Accola) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan), we’ll have to wait a couple weeks before anything juicy develops between the two. Neither will appear in Season 3, Episode 16, “1912,” and Klaus is still MIA in Season 3, Episode 17, “Break on Through.” However, Plec told E! that a “jealousy triangle” will erupt once Tyler (Michael Trevino) returns. Ooh, hybrid off! Maybe we’ll finally get to see Klaus turn?

Sources: E!, TV Guide

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