The Vampire Diaries Season 6 News!

Spoiler alert! If you haven't watched The Vampire Diaries' Season 5 finale, turn back now.

Guess who's back?

Alaric lives! The Vampire Diaries' Matt Davis will return to the show as a series regular for Season 6, has confirmed.

As everyone raced to save the Other Side in Thursday's Season 5 finale, "Home," a few familiar faces, including Lexi (Arielle Kebbel) and Alaric, returned. But while Lexi joined Vicki (Kayla Ewell) in getting sucked up into the atmosphere, Alaric was left standing alongside his friends.

First introduced midway through TVD's first season, Alaric started out as a vampire hunter and history teacher at Mystic Falls High (LOL like that school has any real teachers), but soon became a surrogate parent to Elena and Jeremy and a drinking buddy to Damon. (He also exhibited some epic dance moves when Klaus inhabited his body.)

In Season 3, Original mama Esther turned Alaric into a crazy Original she could use to kill off her family, but also bound him to Elena. When Elena careened off the bridge and died in the Season 3 finale, so did Alaric—and it was so traumatic it just about killed Kaitlin, too.

Since his death, Alaric has returned three times—twice as a ghost in Season 4, when Damon visited his grave and again to, well, drink with Damon—and then earlier this season, in the 100th episode.

I am insanely excited about this development, although a little emotionally traumatized by the rest of the developments. How you feeling ONTD?