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All the ways the 'Vampire Diaries' finale was a game-changer

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Matt Davis
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Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the season 5 finale of The Vampire Diaries, stop reading now!

I remember about a year ago, Julie Plec tweeted that she’d come up with ending of season 5 of The Vampire Diaries — and in her words, it was a “mind f—.” Guess what? She wasn’t lying.

What happened in last night’s finale — if I’m interpreting it correctly — changes everything we know about the show. In the destruction of the Other Side, not only was Alaric able to come back two seasons after his death, but fans said goodbye to two main characters as Bonnie and Damon held hands and seemingly found peace. But that’s not all that happened: When Tyler came back from the Other Side, he realized that his healing powers had left him. Was he human again?

Assuming all of these plots stick, season 6 could look very, very different from the world we know. Stefan, Elena, Alaric, Tyler, and Enzo could all be human, though some of you argue that Tyler was only human because he died that way. Or more specifically, that he was back to being a werewolf. If that’s the case, then only Tyler will really have changed. Regardless, it’s a lot for viewers to wrap their heads around, but there is one thing I think all Vampire Diaries fans can agree on: We are so excited to have Alaric back. And yes, we’ve confirmed that Matt Davis will be a series regular next season.

Alaric was a fan favorite from day one, and his death remains one of the show’s saddest scenes. (His human death, that is.) But what could his return mean for the show? Considering Elena has grown past the age of needing a guardian, and Jeremy’s not far behind, I’m not sure what his role would be. If everyone is human, maybe he becomes the how-to-live-like-a-human-in-a-supernatural-world coach? After all, when we first met Alaric, he was a human vampire hunter, so he could easily share some wisdom on how to stay alive as a mortal in a world full of vamps, wolves, hybrids, and witches.

The big lesson here is that if even one or two of these developments stick, the show will have an entirely new feel. And don’t get me started on losing Damon. My stages of grief are still working themselves out, and my tear ducts are still screaming at me.

We’re chatting with Julie Plec this afternoon, so stay posted for our postmortem.