‘The Vampire Diaries’ first look preview: Alaric becomes public enemy #1

Stopping Alaric is now the key.

After watching the end of “The Vampire Diaries” Thursday night, one thing was made incredibly clear — even though Alaric Saltzman has been brought back to life, he is hardly the same man he once was. As a matter of fact, he has been transformed into a monstrous sort of super-vampire bent on destroying every one of the Originals and all their descendants.

As the first preview for next week’s episode “Before Sunset” shows, the rise of Alaric is going to put many of the other vampires in a rather unusual position — specifically, Klaus and the Salvatore brothers are going to have to work together to figure out who to destroy their new adversary — otherwise, everyone’s life could be in the balance.

Elsewhere in this episode, we could get some more context about who Elena chooses moving forward to the season finale on May 10, as well as what is going to happen in the Tyler / Caroline / Klaus love triangle that has just started to form.

One thing is for sure — whatever happens in this episode, it is going to force Elena to look back at her life before all of this drama started to unfold with vampires and other supernatural creatures. After all, the best way we can describe the finale is “retrospective” — expect plenty of flashbacks to be molded into the present story.

As for whether or not this Alaric survives … we don’t know the answer. However, it’s hard to imagine a world with this sort of evil lingering in it for too long.

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