Vampire Diaries Producer Responds to Shocking Cliffhanger, Teases "Big Journey" For...

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So THAT happened on The Vampire Diaries tonight.

Following a revealing episode, which revealed the origin of The Ripper and brought Damon and Stefan closer than ever, our favorite CW thriller unveiled the identity of the Mystic Falls Murderer this week. And it's...

Alaric?!?

Sage and Damon

What will this mean for the laid back history teacher?

“There’s a big journey for Alaric [coming up],” executive producer Julie Plec told the crowd after we screened the episode at PaleyFest last Saturday. “[It's] a big journey for Elena. Stefan and everybody is going to be at the center of this storyline.”

That includes Jeremy, who also possesses a ring and will soon come back into the picture.

“It definitely has implications for Jeremy,” said Plec.“Jeremy is now wildly unprotected," out in Colorado, seemingly with no memory, but also cursed by the rock on his finger.

Matt Davis, meanwhile, seemed almost bashful when asked about the storyline, but did say we're in store for “a beautiful [and shocking] experience" over the next few weeks. He added of Alaric:

“He has been getting killed, and I love that we’re now at that tipping point of the consequence of all of that."

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