Damon Salvatore and Bonnie Bennett appeared to have died in The Vampire Diaries season 5 finale but both will be back in some form.
Fans were told that the finale would make death irreversible, causing even more pain for those attached to Damon and/or Bonnie.
But executive producer Julie Plec said that the characters will “certainly” be back.
“I think it means there’s a mystery attached to how the show ended,” she told TVLine.
“Did they die? Did they find peace? Are they still on the Other Side? Does the Other Side still exist? If not, where the hell are they? And will they ever come back? Certainly, we will see Ian [Somerhalder] and Kat [Graham] again, but where and in what context? That’s part of the mystery of Season 6.”
Bustle notes several ways he could come back. He could live out his days as a ghost. He could get brought back with the help of Davina, the witch from The Originals. Or he could come back somehow through a new supernatural rule that hadn’t been revealed yet.
“TVD is notorious for revealing supernatural rules we didn’t think were possible. The concept of hybrids, the cure, the doppelganger issue, every bit of magic Bonnie has ever conceived, the fact that Jeremy still hasn’t managed to stay dead: it’s all pointing us to one final solution for this Damon problem. The solution is probably something we’ll never guess because it’s going to be an invention all TVD’s own,” it said.
“Look, the producers know we love Damon and that we probably won’t be as inclined to tune in without him. They’re not stupid. Hell, even Lexi could get behind Damon’s survival — homegirl risked her chance to come back in order to give Damon a shot and he’s the one who killed her.”
Ian Somerhalder is under contract through the end of the next season.