And the first familiar face popping up in Season 8 will be… Tristin Mays as Sarah Salvatore, TVLine has confirmed.
But the question is: What business does Sarah have in Mystic Falls? When we last saw Stefan and Damon’s descendent towards the end of Season 6, she was advised to leave town — though not compelled to forget what she’d learned about vampires — by Enzo, with whom she formed an uneasy bond.
Could Sarah, quite possibly Damon’s only living relative, be the key to pulling him back from the darkness? Or will she spend her screen time with Matt Donovan, who will be “exploring his humanity” this season, according to comments Zach Roerig made at San Diego Comic-Con? (It should be noted that Mays recently joined CBS’ MacGyver reboot as a series regular, so all we really know is that her time on TVD will be limited.)
At this point, it’s anyone’s guess what Sarah will be up to. So drop a comment with your own best theory below, as well as your general wishes for TVD‘s final season, which premieres Friday, Oct. 21 at 8/7c on The CW.