The Vampire Diaries Spoilers: Goodbye Dopplegangers, Hello “Thriving” Matt Donovan!

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Rest in peace, Tom Avery.

And the same goes for the rest of you Dopplegangers.

In a revealing chat with Daniel Fienberg of HitFix, executive producer Caroline Dries offered up a number of hints regarding The Vampire Diaries Season 6, foremost among them being the show's apparent realization that the whole Doppleganger thing is most definitely played out.

"We haven't said it once in 10 episodes," Dries said of that word/term. "In the writers' room sometimes we'll be like, "Ugh. Maybe this is a doppelgänger thing' and like, 'Nope. Don't say that word. Somebody think of a different idea.' We've been pretty diligent about that.

"And I'm pretty sure if we say it, it's just to make fun of it. I really am proud of actually the whole doppelgänger thing, but I get it. It's like, 'We did that story, so moving on…’”

As for what else fans can expect as we head toward The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 1 next Thursday night?

It looks like Matt Donovan will finally be given a juicy storyline, as he gets involved Colin Ferguson’s Tripp, the leader of a watch group in (magic-free) Mystic Falls.

"We wanted to show Matt thriving in Mystic Falls without supernaturals," Dries said of Ferguson's new character. "We kinda wanted to give him a father figure-type, coach kinda guy, so that's where Trip came out of...

... But not everyone is who they say they wanna be... [Tripp] will ultimately become kinda an interesting, layered dynamic character that's not necessarily a good guy or a bad guy. He actually represents like a normal person if you're not in love with Damon or Stefan; like a normal person's point-of-view on the whole vampire world."

Visit Hitfix now for the full interview with Dries, as she assures fans plenty more “love stories” are tap; talks about the return of Alaric; and previews a “psychotic” new villain on the way.

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The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 1 Quotes

We're all getting through our own way.


Elena: You know this'll never not be weird.
Alaric: What that some ancient witch turned me into a vampire or that 4 months ago I rose from the dead?
Elena: That you're my college professor.

The Vampire Diaries Season 6 Episode 1 Music

  Song Artist
Maudlin strangers penny Penny Maudlin Strangers
The wind and the wave from the wreckage build a home From The Wreckage Build A Home The Wind and The Wave iTunes
Jenny lewis just one of the guys Just One Of The Guys Jenny Lewis iTunes