Vampire Diaries Will Alaric Saltzman return to "The Vampire Diaries"? That's the rumor circulating! Photo: Annette Brown/ The CW

The dead may be rising on “The Vampire Diaries.” Season 5 of the hit CW series is quickly winding down, and fans have no idea what kind of drama is planned for the finale. Between Markos and the Travelers, and Olivia and Luke’s witchy plans, anything can happen … including the return of Alaric Saltzman?

For those who don’t remember, Alaric Saltzman was a teacher at Mystic Falls High School and legal guardian of the Gilbert kids after Jenna passed away. Despite initially wanting to kill Damon and other vampires, Alaric ended up befriending the group – becoming a close friend and confidant of Damon’s.

Unfortunately, Alaric’s entanglements with the supernatural beings in town led him to go a little crazy. His alter-ego formed an alliance with the Original witch, who linked his life to Elena’s. And when Elena died in a car accident at the end of Season 3, Alaric died as well.

So, how can Alaric return to the series if he is dead? This wouldn’t be the first time that actor Matthew Davis reprised his role. Since his death in Season 3, Alaric has made multiple appearances throughout Season 4. His latest appearance was in Season 5 during the special 100th episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” “500 Years of Solitude.” Now the rumor surrounding the character is that he’ll be popping up in the Season 5 finale.

“The finale will be emotional,” executive producer Caroline Dries dished to Zap2it. “We’ll get to see a lot of our favorite friends from the past possibly pop in.”

“The Vampire Diaries” has killed off many “favorite friends” in five seasons. But Alaric is at the top of the list thanks to a photo that was posted on Twitter. Tyler Lockwood’s Michael Trevino retweeted a photo from @OneBossChick on Tuesday that showed him hanging out with a group of people. And in that group of people were none other than Matt Donovan’s Zach Roerig and Matthew Davis! “Vampire Diaries” reunion? Looks like it!

Unfortunately the photo was not taken on “The Vampire Diaries” set. But it’s definitely likely that the photo was taken in Atlanta, where the series shoots.

Do you think Matthew Davis will be reprising his role as Alaric Saltzman for the Season 5 finale of “The Vampire Diaries”? Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comments section or send a tweet to @AmandaTVScoop.