By Samantha Highfill
November 17, 2016 at 06:07 PM EST
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We already knew that someone from The Vampire Diaries will make their way to New Orleans to pick up a dark object, but now we have news of a crossover that will actually play out on screen. 

EW has confirmed that Matt Davis, who plays Alaric on TVD, will appear in episode 8 of The Originals‘ upcoming fourth season to deliver an artifact to Elijah. Perhaps it’s the same artifact that they use in TVD? Then again, considering Alaric now runs the Armory, he has access to a lot of things that could help the Original family.

But what this really means for fans is that they’ll get to check in on Alaric in the future. Considering The Originals is a couple years ahead of TVD in terms of timeline, this crossover could ensure that Alaric survives TVD‘s final season… unless the TVD series finale jumps into the future and surpasses The Originals. Okay, this is getting complicated.

TVLine first reported the news.

The Originals returns Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.