‘The Vampire Diaries’ season 4 spoilers: Are old faces returning?

When you have a show like “The Vampire Diaries,” you can pretty much be assured of one thing — even though your character may be perceived as dead, the show may still figure out a way to use you. Just look at the season 3 finale, where Jenna was brought back in a series of flashbacks that showed us what exactly life was like for Nina Dobrev’s character before her parents died in a car accident.

Is it possible that Uncle John is now coming back?┬áBased on some series of posts on his Twitter account, Anders is in Atlanta now with some of the other male stars of the show — including Zach Roerig (Matt) and Michael Trevino (Tyler). Does this mean that he is on the show? Not exactly, but being spotted with your cast members in Atlanta is far different from being spotted with them in Los Angeles.

Based on what we saw during a season 3 episode last year, Anders’ Uncle John is dead after making a sacrifice to save Elena — though he told her that he would love her no matter what in a letter, even if she did someday become a vampire. That is now coming full-circle courtesy of Elena’s transformation, and it’s possible that John could be turning up again in a flashback as a way to give more insight on his character and his relationship with the supernatural.

The one thing that we can confirm is that Anders is a pretty busy guy at the moment. In addition to this role, he also recurs as Dr. Whale on “Once Upon a Time.”

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