‘The Vampire Diaries’ Spoilers: Are These Two Characters Really Dead?

Over the weekend, Vampire Diaries actor Ian Somerhalder posted an image on his Instagram and Twitter pages that supposedly teases the fate of his character, Damon Salvatore. The picture shows a tombstone for his character with the caption: “Rest In Peace Damon Salvatore. #GameOver :(.”

In the season five finale for The Vampire Diaries, which aired on May 15, Damon went to the Other Side to save his friends, but he was unable to make it back. This resulted in him and Bonnie (Katerina Graham) being trapped at the end of the episode.

The image posted by Somerhalder has led many Vampire Diaries fans to believe that his character may, in fact, be dead. But Julie Plec told TVLine that both characters will return. However, she also said that there is a bit of a “mystery” surrounding the next season of The Vampire Diaries.

“Did they die? Did they find peace? Are they still on the Other Side? Does the Other Side still exist? If not, where the hell are they? And will they ever come back?” the Vampire Diaries co-creator said. “Certainly, we will see Ian [Somerhalder] and Kat [Graham] again, but where and in what context? That’s part of the mystery of season 6.”