This article is about Alaric Saltzman from the TV series. You may be looking for Alaric K. Saltzman from the novels.
We've all made terrible mistakes in our lives. Done things that no apology can heal. But you just have to keep going. Trying to find some new happiness, no matter how much you've lost. The strange thing is... Losing those people is what brought us together. It's how we found each other. It's what made us... Family.
Through overuse of the Gilbert Ring, Esther manipulated his spirit while he was on the Other Side before he would resurrect, and as a result he developed an alter ego, called The Darkness by Bonnie and Dark Alaric or Evil Alaric to others, that hated vampires and vampire sympathizers, killing members of the Mystic Falls Founder's Council who protected the secrets of vampires. Alaric became an Enhanced Original Vampire through Esther's magic so he could kill her children with the last, and indestructible, White Oak Stake, to make the vampire species extinct before his death, his life having been linked to Elena's. This lead Rebekah to kill her to stop Alaric. Alaric is now resurrected as his Original Vampire self, while his alter-ego appears to have gone away for good upon his resurrection. While trying to save Damon from Tripp Cooke, Alaric was pulled into the magic purification zone over Mystic Falls. He temporarily dies from the stab wound that killed him before his transition, when the magic that made him an Enhanced Original was stripped from his body. Jo Parker revived him with her medical skills, but upon resurrection, Alaric has reverted back to his human self, as the spell that made him a vampire was stripped away completely upon his temporary death.
As a vampire hunter, he designed several different weapons to fight vampires which include vervain tranquilizers and arm vest stakes.
As a Ghost, he watched over Damon, Jeremy, and Elena. In the last two episodes of the Fourth Season, his spirit was brought back into the world of the living (albeit confined within the Expression Triangle) where his presence proved crucial at off-setting the threat of the Hunters of the Five in their goal to kill Silas after curing him of his Immortality. His ghost was resurrected in Home, from the Other Side before its destruction, being the last to cross over to the land of the living.
After being resurrected, and though he retained his status as an Enhanced Original Vampire, he became a college professor at Whitmore College, teaching Occult Studies (taking up the same position that was held by both Sheila Bennett and Atticus Shane). He met and fell in love with Josette Parker, who saved his life when he crossed the magical border into Mystic Falls which stripped him of his supernatural powers and made him human again. Eventually, they came to find out that they were expecting twins. However, Josette was brutally murdered by Kai Parker at their wedding, seemingly along with their unborn children.
Alaric later became a father when his children, Lizzie and Josie, were saved by the Gemini Coven and carried by Caroline Forbes. They would later set up a home together and eventually became engaged. However, Stefan returned and they had to rejoin the supernatural world in Mystic Falls. Caroline broke off their engagement and Alaric helped Peter Maxwell and Dorian Williams at the Armory with the mystery of Sybil and the return of Katherine, who wanted to destroy Mystic Falls. When Mystic Falls was saved, Alaric, along with Caroline, set up the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted.
The Saltzmans are descendants of German immigrants who arrived in Texas in 1755. He was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He mentions to Jenna Sommers that during high school, he wore eyeglasses and had a skin condition. While attending Duke University, he met and then married Isobel Flemming, a parapsychologist (it's revealed by Meredith that Isobel filed a restraining order against him twice) who had an interest in vampires, a topic he would regularly tease her about.
He said that she was "Like Mulder, except hotter, and a girl". At some point, Isobel gave him a ring and told him to always wear it. One night, he returned home late to find a vampire in his bedroom drinking Isobel's blood. Her body was never found and she was assumed to be dead. Alaric took over her research and found out about Mystic Falls and the rumors about vampires being alive in the town. He went there to find out the truth and discover what had happened to his wife.
Alaric moved to Mystic Falls and took up the position of a history teacher after the death of the previous one, William Tanner. He found a file Mr. Tanner had for Jeremy Gilbert labeled the "jackass" file. Alaric gave Jeremy a clean start and decided to help him out with his grades by giving him an extra-credit history-report about any event that happened in Mystic Falls.
Jenna Sommers, Elena and Jeremy's aunt and legal guardian, took an interest in Alaric and was okay that he talked about Isobel, feeling that he needed to let it all out. Alaric came acrossLogan Fell and staked him because he was a vampire. It was revealed that Alaric was a vampire hunter and had researched and studied them.
He met up with Jenna who told him Elena, her niece, was researching her birth mother whose name was Isobel. Alaric didn't believe they were the same person until Jenna showed him a picture of Isobel whom he recognized as his deceased wife. Shocked that she never told him, he left. He later told Jenna that he wasn't ready for Elena to ask him any questions about Isobel. He recognized Damon Salvatore as the vampire who "killed" Isobel at a party and confronted him. Damon taunted Alaric that the life he had with Isobel didn't seem to be enough for her, revealing that she begged him to turn her into a vampire before stabbing him in the lung with a stake. Stefan Salvatore, Damon's younger brother, was surprised that Damon had done this but was shocked that Alaric woke up alive. Alaric said it was the ring. Since finding out the truth, his relationship with Damon is less antagonistic.
Alaric later helped Damon with escaped tomb vampires who kidnapped Stefan to torture and then kill him. His job was to get inside the house and get Ms. Gibbons out of the house but was horrified when Damon killed her. The two fought and killed several vampires. Pearl, another escaped vampire and her daughter Anna arrived afterwards. The reason Alaric helped Damon was because Damon told Alaric that Pearl could help with finding Isobel. After finding out that Damon lied, Alaric punched him in the face.
Isobel came to Mystic Falls and asked Alaric to give Elena a message to meet with her. Alaric, hurt and upset with Isobel, refused and left. Isobel caught him outside the Mystic Grill and gave him a firmer warning: to give the message to Elena or she would kill his students one by one. Alaric did as she asked and gave the message to Elena, Stefan and Damon. He met Isobel again and took off his ring and vervain to prove that he was not protecting himself from her. Isobel compelled him to move on and get over her, showing that she still cared about him. She gave him back his ring and left.
In Founder's Day, after John Gilbert turned on the device, Stefan, Damon and Anna along with several other vampires were affected and when Stefan was spotted, Alaric sent a deputy towards another vampire instead of Stefan, saving his life.
In Bad Moon Rising, Alaric went to the Salvatore Boarding House where he was questioned by Elena, Stefan and Damon on Isobel's research on the paranormal, hoping to figure out with species The Lockwoods were. Alaric said all of Isobel's research was at Duke University. He spoke to Jenna while Elena packed for the trip. Jenna was happy he was spending time with Elena because of Isobel. Alaric apologized for not being around very often, but Jenna was used to that sort of talk and told him not to bother. Damon, Elena and Alaric met Vanessa Monroe who leads them to Isobel's study before trying to shoot Elena. Alaric grabbed her and forced the crossbow out of her hands before sitting her down in a chair. He is shown to be protective of her and her family.
He questioned her and she admitted that she read Isobel's research and thought Katherine and Damon were dead.
To get some info on Mason Lockwood, Damon gets Alaric to convince Jenna to throw a barbecue.
In Plan B, Alaric goes to Damon with some of Isobel's research on Aztec legends regarding werewolves and the Curse of the Sun and the Moon, and is shocked to see Jeremy Gilbert there. They discover that the moonstone can break the werewolf curse. Later that evening Alaric is staying for super at the Gilbert's when Elena gets a call from Katherine who made Jenna stab herself right in front of Alaric and Elena. They both rush over to her side.
When Damon and Stefan are planning on killing Katherine, Alaric helped demonstrate to Jeremy how to kill a vampire with various tools and contraptions. Later he is at the Gilbert's house and protects Elena.
Later on Alaric spends a lot more time in the Gilbert house, Elena even catches both him and Jenna half dressed in the middle of the night and Elena states to Jenna that she's fine with Alaric staying around so much.
In By the Light of the Moon, Alaric phones Damon saying Mason is now declared a ‘missing person’ and also tells him about Jules. A while later Damon meets Alaric at the Mystic Grill where they discuss if Jules is a werewolf or not, and how to prove it. They team up and while Damon distracts Jules, Alaric puts wolfsbane in her drink. Their attempt fails as Jules could smell the wolfsbane, also confirming she was a werewolf. Alaric tells Damon to go home and they will deal with her in the morning as the stand no chance with the full moon after Jules and Damon threatened one another's life.
When Stefan tries to find a way to get in touch with Isobel he goes to Alaric to ask if he has any way of contacting Isobel. When John Gilbert returned it cause a lot of problems between Alaric and Jenna.
In Crying Wolf, Damon tells him his plan to kill Elijah. Later on during the episode both him and Damon were attacked by werewolves. Alaric was killed by Stevie by later came back to life thanks to his ring. He calls Jenna and apologizes for not meeting her.
When Damon throws a dinner party, Alaric stops Damon from using the dagger against Elijah because it would kill him if he used it. While Andie Star questions Elijah, Alaric quickly stabs him in the chest from behind, who tells Damon to dispose of him, placing the dagger on the table. Later Alaric tells Damon he’s his friend, but doesn't want any more lies between them. At the end of the episode Jenna demanded answers about Isobel but when he couldn't answer she left. John came in and threatened to tell Jenna about Isobel if he didn't get the Gilbert Ring.
A day after breaking up with Jenna, Alaric told Elena and he revealed that he can't lie to her while he is with her. Elena admitted that it is getting more dangerous for Jenna, not to know what's really going on, but explained that she wanted to leave it until Klaus had been dealt with. Alaric promised to respect Elena's decision about whether or not to tell Jenna. He later met Jenna at the grill bar and admitted that he hated that she is upset. Jenna stated that she can handle anything he is hiding and left. Alaric walked Jenna home and told her that Isobel is dead, and adds that he loves Jenna.
When Isobel later showed up in town she had a talk with her husband in which she revealed that she compelled him to move on and then Alaric is kidnapped by Maddox and used by Klaus as a medium to speak to Katherine.
In the next few days Klaus used Alaric to get info on the group by discovering that Bonnie is a super powered witch. He told Jenna about vampires, and since the full moon was coming Klaus got Greta Martin and Maddox to perform a spell that returned Klaus back to his body thus freeing Alaric, passing out from the spells aftereffect from possession.
In The Last Day, Alaric goes to the Salvatore Boarding House to give everyone a message that the sacrifice happens tonight, and Jenna points a crossbow at him. He states that he is not Klaus by telling her about his first night with Jenna. Alaric admits that he doesn't remember anything that happened in the last few days. Later when Stefan and Damon are fighting, Alaric and Jenna walk in. He tells Jenna to get Stefan some blood bags down from the cellar. After Stefan recovers Alaric apologizes for not confiding in Jenna earlier, explaining that he should have known she could handle it. Jenna admits that she doesn't know if she can. She says she is glad he is okay, and they kiss. He later helps Damon by inviting him in his house so Damon can get info from Katherine on where Klaus' werewolf and vampire is.
In The Sun Also Rises, Alaric, Stefan and Elijah arrived at the place where Bonnie is and talked about the plan. Later Alaric tells Damon that Stefan is going to offer himself and Damon is furious. Alaric notices that something is wrong but Damon claims that he is fine. When everyone was leaving the house Alaric couldn't because Bonnie put up a barrier so that he couldn't leave. When Damon returned he said that Jenna had died. Alaric attended Jenna's funeral and lay a rose on her grave.
In As I Lay Dying, he is seen first drinking in a bar obviously still grieving Jenna. Later he helps the other look for Damon after he escapes the boarding house while sick by a werewolf bite. After Jeremy is accidentally shot by Sheriff Forbes he carries him for Bonnie so she can revive him. She does and later that night he crashes in the Gilbert home to look after him. This implies he has decided to take a more active role in Jeremy's and Elena's lives.
In The Birthday, Alaric has stepped in as a guardian for Elena and Jeremy after the two months following Jenna's death, but he still refuses to sleep in the room that had once belonged to Jenna, and stays on the couch. When Damon gets a lead that Klaus and Stefan are in Tennessee, he and Alaric go to find him. They find a house where two women were killed by Stefan and ripped apart. They also discover that Klaus and Stefan have been hunting werewolves. Alaric then decides to move out of the Gilbert house because he doesn't believe that he can be a good role model for Jeremy due to his drinking, depression, and messed up life outside of his work. He also says that he doesn't want to have anything to do with the vampire world anymore.
In The Hybrid, when Elena tries to find Stefan without Damon's help, she goes to Alaric who, after some convincing, tells her that Klaus is hunting werewolves. After asking for help from Tyler, Elena convinces Alaric to help her find the pack in the Smoky Mountains even though it will be a full moon that night. Alaric and Elena set off and Elena offers his ring back to Alaric, saying that she would feel bad if he died because of her. Although he says he won't keep it, he takes it. At that moment, Damon arrives having been warned by Alaric as to Elena's plan. Although disapproving, they keep going.
That is when they fall on Ray Sutton, a werewolf that Klaus had turned into a hybrid but he had gone rabid for an unknown reason, later revealed that his transition failed due to not drinking Elena's doppelgänger blood. Damon, Alaric, and Elena manage to neutralize Ray by using Damon's strength, wooden stakes, vervain and wolfsbane laced ropes, and wolfsbane grenades. They then tie him up but Ray starts to turn into a wolf although the moon isn't up yet. The three run but Elena trips and rises to find the wolf in front of her. Damon goads it into following him while Alaric and Elena go back to the car. There, Elena convinces Alaric that he shouldn't give up just because he feels lost. He then says that he will be keeping the ring, telling Elena that he will be sticking around. At the end of the episode, he is seen moving back into the Gilbert House.
In Disturbing Behavior, Elena and Damon are getting closer, despite Alaric's warning Damon to stay away. Later Alaric and Elena try to stop Damon from going after Bill Forbes but Alaric is soon afterwards killed by Damon. The next morning Alaric comes back to life and is greeted by Damon with a drink. However, Alaric is not happy with Damon for killing him and gets up and leaves. He goes to Carol Lockwood and Elizabeth Forbes, to convince them that the council needs to be watching out for the humans of Mystic Falls, since despite some of the vampires and werewolves being family and friends, they were still dangerous. He leaves, grudgingly telling them that he will see them at the next meeting.
In Smells Like Teen Spirit, Alaric is seen training Elena how to kill vampires in the woods. Later Alaric tries to help Elena from Stefan, but Stefan warns him not to get in his way. Elena tells Alaric how she's one of Klaus' assets now because of her blood and Stefan is sort of her bodyguard. Later at night in Rick's classroom, discussing the plan to incapacitate Stefan, he learns from Damon Tyler is sired to Klaus. After Elena gets drunk she distracts Stefan long enough for Alaric to shoot him with tranquilizers. While in Alaric's car Vicki sets it on fire to try to kill Elena. Alaric is outside trying to free her. Stefan then kicks the door open, allowing Alaric and Elena to pull Stefan to safety. Back at the Salvatore house Elena asks Ric if he wants to rekindle his bromance with Damon. Ric's not too enthused.
In Ghost World, Damon goes to Alaric and tells him about Mason Lockwood's ghost, however Alaric still mad at Damon for killing him, doesn't want to help until they both see Mason appear. Later Damon needed Alaric to enter a cave in which he can't enter. At first Alaric doesn't want to help until Damon tries to apologize in his own way for killing him. Alaric and Damon finally renew their friendship. Alaric then discovers the cave wall covered in drawings, a story of the Original Family carved on the walls.
In Ordinary People, Alaric and Elena are in the cave and discover a lot of drawings and words in Viking script. He translates the writings on the wall and concludes that they are Viking script of the Original Family, and their history. He finds a symbol for the Original Witch Esther, and the story of her death, as well as the Hybrid curse. He also finds the names of Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah written on the wall. He takes photos of the cave wall and eventually is able to translate them completely.
In The New Deal, Alaric is at the Grill, reading his students' papers. He went there to see Jeremy who had F for his midterm paper, but is an hour late for his shift. Later he learns that Jeremy was fired a week prior, and tells this to Elena. Together they try to convince Jeremy to stop hanging out with Tyler, because he is sired to Klaus and considered dangerous as he lacks his free will against Klaus' orders. It backfires and Jeremy invites Tyler in. Alaric asks Tyler the difference between being sired to and being compelled, and they learn that although he denies it, he is blindly loyal to Klaus and would do whatever Klaus says, even if he were asked to rip his own heart out, although Tyler doesn't understand what he just said.
Then Jeremy receives a phone call from Klaus. He was compelled to stand in front of a speeding car without the Gilbert Ring after he receives this call. When Alaric sees the car, he runs and saves Jeremy in the nick of time, pushing Jeremy out of the way and being run over himself. Luckily the driver is Tony, a hybrid, so Alaric will come back to the living. When he wakes up, he still has his his wounds and internal bleeding, damage so severe the ring could not fully repair. He states something's wrong with the ring. Paramedics come but they are stopped by Tony, who is killed by Jeremy. Alaric is then taken to the hospital. There he meets doctor Meredith Fell, who is amazed by his incredible fast recovery. Unknown to her, it was Damon's blood. At the end, he and Elena decide to make Jeremy leave town. On their request, Damon compels Jeremy to leave the town behind and never think twice about it.
In Our Town, Alaric is with Elena at his house, training. He then accompanies Damon to the Founder's Council Feast, where he meets doctor Meredith again. As he got outside, he notices an argument between Meredith and her ex-boyfriend Brian. He intervenes and causes Brian to go away. Before he does, Brian says that Meredith is a psycho. After he took Jeremy to the airport, he meets Meredith at the Grill, who states that she has lost a patient.
In The Ties That Bind, Alaric has lunch with Meredith at the Grill, and invites her to dinner as well. He is warned by Damon to take it easy with his new girlfriend, because he believes that she may have been the one who committed the murder of her ex-boyfriend Brian Walters the medical examiner. Alaric tells Damon he can handle the problem, but is interrupted again during a physical-training time. Visiting him at home, Alaric is informed again by Damon that Meredith used vervain on him and took his blood.
Alaric gets nervous and goes to the hospital where he meets Meredith. He tells her he knows about what had happened and needs answers. Meredith reveals him that she hates her patients dying so every time when she has the occasion to heal them, she will do it, as she heals Bill Forbes from a werewolf attack with Damon's vampire blood. In exchange for telling him the truth, Alaric decides to tell Meredith the truth about him. He tells her that he's a vampire hunter. After that, they kiss, but their moment is stopped by Elena.
In Bringing Out The Dead, he and Elena learn that the stake used in the recent murder of the town's medical examiner as well as a council member was a stake from the Gilbert's arsenal. He begins to believe Meredith is behind the murder and begins to investigate when Bill Forbes is also killed with another Gilbert weapon, a hunting knife. Later that night Elena arrives home to find blood everywhere and Alaric stabbed and bleeding to death.
He orders Elena to kill him, so that they know for sure he will come back to life, since Elena, as a doppelgänger, is a supernatural occurrence and the attacker's identity is still unknown. When he comes back to life he reaches for Elena for comfort. He is mentioned to be in hospital by Elena to Matt. He is under observation but in a stable status.
In All My Children, Alaric is seen at the grill with Meredith, when Damon calls him asking if he is with his sexy psycho doctor. Later that night Alaric defends Meredith from Kol. Alaric then stabbed Kol with the White Oak Ash dagger, and starts to drag him outside. He is greeted by Damon and Stefan until Klaus shows up and pulls the dagger out, being knocked out in the process by Klaus. Later he is brought to Meredith's apartment, saying he needs to go help Elena, but she reminds him that he is too injured to leave. Later that night Alaric wakes up goes into the kitchen and sees files of the murder victims, his hospital and legal records, and a hunting knife identical to the ones used on Bill Forbes and himself. He sees Meredith standing there with a gun saying he was not supposed to see that and she shoots him.
In 1912, Alaric is healed from his gunshot wound by Meredith who uses vampire blood before framing him for the murders. Sheriff Forbes arrests him as all evidence points to him and, during the investigation, the only things that he says are things that will only incriminate him further such as the phone conversation he had with Meredith in which she told him Bill Forbes threatened her medical license for using vampire blood to heal his wounds against his will, and mistakes himself to have left the party Brian Walters was murdered at after the murder, but Liz informs he left before the time of death, and he nervously says he must have been home asleep. However, it is eventually revealed that Alaric had an alibi for the time of death when Meredith reveals that she had been mistaken about Brian Walters' time of death.
Alaric returns home where he is given a hug and comforted by Elena, and they agree to look after each other. He is then approached by Meredith who convinces him not to slam the door in her face when she tells him that she had framed him, not to lock him up, but to eliminate him as a suspect. She then reveals that she believes that he had actually committed the murders albeit unknowingly due to the strong blackouts that he's been experiencing such as the night of the Wickery Bridge fundraiser, and the night when he was attacked. Meredith believes him to be sick and says that she wants to help him. She reveals his Gilbert Ring brings him back from the dead but asks him how many times he can die before it changes him, believing overuse of the ring has created an alter-ego in Alaric. Elena believes that Meredith is right after reading the journal of Samantha Gilbert which revealed that she had committed similar killings while wearing the Gilbert Ring that her grandfather Johnathan had given her.
In Break On Through, Alaric is subjected to tests at the hospital by Meredith to determine if his psyche has been damaged in some way. The results are positive and it appears as though Alaric is fine. Later Alaric falls asleep and when he awakes his alter ego (referred to by Bonnie as The Darkness) is in complete control. Dark Alaric then attempts to kill Meredith, though he fails, but wounds her seriously. Elena returns and Dark Alaric attempts to kill her as well though he is stopped by Stefan. Bonnie later attempts to make herbs for Alaric in an attempt to help him resist being controlled by The Darkness.
In The Murder of One, Alaric considers turning himself in upon discovering that he is the Mystic Falls Serial Killer though he is dissuaded by Stefan and Damon who insist that he help them with their latest plan to kill Klaus and the Originals through the use of the last white oak stakes. Alaric hides one of the White Oak Stakes on one of his book shelves only to announce to Damon that the stake has gone missing. Damon and Alaric attempt to find to stake when Alaric realizes that since he was the only one who had access to the stake, and only he knew its location, the culprit must be his alter ego (The Darkness), alarming Alaric and Damon as it could be used to possibly kill Damon's bloodline of vampires though the Original the bloodline originated (later revealed as Klaus') from.
In Heart of Darkness, Stefan attempts to force Alaric into losing consciousness in the hopes that The Darkness will take over when he awakes. Klaus appears and kills Alaric hoping to expedite the process though when he awakes he is still himself. Alaric suggests to Stefan that the only way to force his alter ego out of hiding is to threaten his life. Stefan begins to beat Alaric within an inch of his life until finally Dark Alaric appears.
Stefan manages to force Alaric's alter ego into revealing the location of the final White Oak Stake. Dark Alaric states that the stake is in the Cave where no vampire can enter. Rebekah then forces Alaric to the cave so he can retrieve the stake. Dark Alaric attempts to bargain in order to save his own life, and so that he can keep the stake. Rebekah steps into the cave revealing herself to be Esther, and both her and Alaric form an alliance.
During Do Not Go Gentle, Esther and Alaric conspire together in order to kill Niklaus and her entire family. Esther takes Dark Alaric to the place of her death over 1,000 years ago and casts a spell to melt and bind Alaric's ring with the last White Oak Stake, thus making the stake indestructible from the ring's protective powers. Esther then calls Elena to the same location and uses her blood to perform the same ritual used by her over 1,000 years ago to turn her husband and children into vampires.
Esther decides to make Alaric a true Original Vampire Hunter like her husband Mikael, with Alaric to be the "vampire to end all vampires." Esther gives Dark Alaric Elena's blood and tries to perform the ritual on him. She then stakes him through the chest with the White Oak Stake. Alaric later awakes as himself and stops Esther from killing Jeremy and Matt who had come to rescue Elena. Alaric decides that it would be too dangerous to complete the transition into an Original Vampire, and so he decides to let himself die. Just before he dies, Bonnie appears while under the control of Esther, and incapacitates Damon using her magic. She then feeds Alaric her blood which completes his transition into an Original Vampire, his dark side now in full control with the indestructible White Oak Stake.
In Before Sunset, Alaric holds Caroline Forbes and Elena Gilbert at Mystic Falls High School captive in order to lure out Klaus. He then attempted to persuade Elena in siding with that every vampire should die. After a brutal battle with Stefan, Damon, and Klaus, Elena learns that her death will also bring Alaric's death. Alaric insists she is wrong, but tells Elena to stop when she cuts herself. Klaus catches Alaric off-guard and quickly flees from the battle with Elena. As he knows Klaus will kill Elena after bleeding her dry for his hybrids, Alaric wakes Stefan and Damon up. He tells them that his life is bound to Elena's, and Klaus will kill her to kill Alaric. Alaric tells them to go save Elena. As the night begins, Alaric calls an important founders meeting to show the failure in the town attempt to keep it safe on Sheriff Liz Forbes, and Mayor Carol Lockwood's part in it, revealing that their children are supernatural creatures.
In The Departed, Alaric goes to the hospital where Elena has been taken for treatment after collapsing. He informs Meredith that he has told the Council everything and that her medical license will be revoked. After that, he disposes of the vampire blood she keeps to heal her patients. He also tells her that he is taking Elena and that, as her guardian, she can't stop him. However, as he goes to get her, she has already left with Jeremy. Alaric later meets Jeremy at the Grill where he tells him that he can help him: if Jeremy tells him where to find Klaus' body, he will be able to kill all the Originals, and then they can magically immobilize him until Elena dies at which point he will also die.
Jeremy later contacts him and tells him that Damon is burying Klaus' body off Route 12. However, this is a trap set up by Jeremy. Elena and Jeremy have made a deal with Elijah to exchange Klaus' body for neutralizing Alaric by stealing the stake from him. In exchange, Elijah will take the indestructible White Oak Stake and Klaus, and get out of Mystic Falls, taking Alaric with them as he would no doubt follow them and run until Elena were to die of old age. However, despite Jeremy's misleading, Alaric finds where Damon has hidden Klaus, and after breaking his neck, starts to search the storage lockers for him. Before he finds him, Rebekah arrives to pick up Klaus. Damon and Rebekah attempt to get Klaus out, but Alaric finds them and stakes Klaus' body. Rebekah then runs and Alaric pursues her. He later returns and finds Damon on the phone with Elena saying their goodbyes as they assume they will soon die with Klaus dead.
They then start to fight and Damon tries to invoke their friendship to stop him. However, Alaric tells him that their friendship was what was wrong, and that he never should have forgotten who he truly was. However, Damon, who had a memory of the first time he met Elena before compelling her to forget, starts to fight back, using his anger and his love as boost to his strength.
However, as they fight, Elena dies when Rebekah forces Matt to drive off the road and into the river. Alaric then dies in Damon's arms, who knows that he has lost both his best friend, and the girl he loves. Alaric then appears to Jeremy as a ghost, his old self again. He tells him that he will always look out for him, even from the next world. This is how Jeremy learns that Elena is dead, as his life was bound to Elena's life by Esther.
Alaric makes his first official appearance in Memorial when Damon talks to Alaric's gravestone and tells him how he misses him, but Damon has little knowledge that Alaric's ghost is sitting beside him. Even though Alaric knows Damon can't see him, he replies "I miss you too buddy." This shows that Alaric will not only be watching over Elena and Jeremy, but Damon as well.
Although not making an appearance, Alaric was mentioned multiple times in We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes. The first is when Matt sits in Alaric's seat and Damon tells him the seat is taken, second when Damon notices Jeremy is still wearing the family ring even after it drove Alaric crazy, and third when Damon sits in Alaric's old classroom and raises a bottle of bourbon in the air before taking a drink, as it is both Alaric and Damon's favorite drink.
In After School Special, after Elena tells Damon that she loves him, Damon looks up at the sky and smiles. At that moment, it seems like Damon is thinking of and thanking Alaric.
In Stand By Me, Alaric was mentioned by Elena. She was talking about how she can no longer live in the Gilbert House because it is filled with memories of the people that she loves who have died and she knows that Damon wants his drinking buddy back.
He was also mentioned by Elena in Bring It On. While Elena is fighting Caroline, Caroline mentions that she's older and more powerful than Elena, but Elena says that Caroline has no fighting experience, and Elena was trained by Alaric. She then demonstrates her strength and almost kills Caroline easily until their fight is broken up by Stefan and Damon.
Elena mentioned Alaric again in Pictures of You. She didn't want Alaric and Jeremy coming back to life so she wouldn't have to turn her humanity back on.
Alaric returned as a Ghost in The Walking Dead, when the veil to The Other Side was dropped. When Damon is injured by Elena, Alaric shows up and helps him. After proving he is not Silas, Damon and he head into the basement. Silas later uses his form in an attempt to trick Damon but Damon sees through this. At the end of the episode, Alaric gives Damon The Cure.
In Graduation, Alaric helps Jeremy, Elena and Damon against the Brotherhood of the Five. Connor tries to kill the families of students in the Grill, but Alaric manages to stop him. Later, Alaric rescues Damon from being killed by Vaughn. In the last moments, Alaric congratulates Damon as he finally got the girl, and says that he must not ruin it.
In 500 Years of Solitude, Alaric appeared at the Boarding House where he was seen by Bonnie and Jeremy. When asked by Jeremy where he had been, Alaric said that he wouldn't leave Damon in charge without looking back to check in on everyone. After Damon raised his glass to Alaric, he smiles fondly and seems at peace as he looks at everyone he cares about.
In Home, Alaric's ghost came to assist Elena's on the Other Side, saying he would find Damon and get him to Bonnie so they could all pass through to the land of the living together. However, when he found Damon they were delayed trying to save Sheriff Forbes from being trapped under the rubble in the Mystic Grille. After helping the sheriff, Alaric and Damon met up with Bonnie, who grabbed Alaric first, allowing him to pass through her and resurrecting him.
However, after Ric came through, Lucas Parker stopped the spell allowing the ghosts to pass through Bonnie. Alaric was the last to come back before Damon was trapped. The Other Side collapsed, taking both Bonnie and Damon with it, leaving Alaric as a resurrected vampire. Alaric found Elena breaking down and hugged her, his first acts since his return being to comfort a distraught Elena and Jeremy over their losses.
In I'll Remember, its been four months since Bonnie and Damon died and Alaric has returned back to the land of the living. He is still an original vampire and has now taken up a job of teaching at Whitmore College. He is still learning to live a life as a vampire. In one of his classes, he is seen talking about occult studies. Liv giggles when he says the lesson is on resurrection. Tyler comes in late from football practice. Alaric is distracted by Elena sipping on a cup full of blood. He faces the chalkboard and whispers at her to knock it off.
Later, at a restaurant, Alaric calls to check in on Stefan, who says he's still following his lead. Caroline then arrives. He's giving her books on magic to research a way to reverse the Traveler's spell over Mystic Falls. She hasn't heard from Stefan since he left town four months ago and is upset about it.
At a tailgate before the game, Alaric runs into Tyler, who is drinking. Alaric gently questions the wisdom of him drinking given his anger issues and the risk of re triggering his werewolf curse. When Alaric notices Tyler checking out Liv, he tells Tyler that Liv isn't into him. Later, Alaric runs into Jo, the doctor from the hospital. He tries to talk to her but its awkward. He leaves a message to Elena explaining how becoming a vampire has ruined his dating life too. Later, Alaric steps in to stop Tyler and Luke from fighting.
Alaric later visits Elena at her dorm room. Elena asks Alaric how he's handling coming back to life and being a vampire. He tells her he hates everything about being a vampire. She tells him she did too, until she found the idea of eternal love with Damon, but now she's lost it. She needs Alaric to do something for her. Because he was created by the original vampire spell, which means he can compel other vampires. She wants him to compel her to forget that she ever loved him.
In Yellow Ledbetter, Alaric is trying to compel Elena to forget her love for Damon. He sits down with Elena, explaining the process he's going to use to work back through her memories to find the signature memory about Damon that should affect all the others when he alters it. She's sad to be losing her memories of Damon, but knows she needs to. He walks her back through meeting Damon on the bridge in Mystic Falls and changes it to meeting a stranger. Them Elena is remembering when Damon kissed her. Alaric alters the memory but she still thinks of Damon as her boyfriend, so they decide to take a break.
After the break, Elena shares more Damon memories with Alaric, including when he stepped in as her escort for Miss Mystic Falls. She remembers it was the first time she noticed how sexy he was. But erasing that doesn't change things. They go through every moment she can come up with but none of them undo how she feels. She quits. Alaric then calls Caroline for help figuring out when Elena fell in love with Damon. Caroline knows immediately, it was when she was still was Stefan.
Alaric finds Elena in her dorm room, leaving a desperate message for Luke. He confronts her about falling in love with Damon while she was with Stefan. He knows she never betrayed Stefan and it's okay to love them both. Elena remembers Katherine used to say the same thing. Elena finally admits the day she fell in love with him, her birthday after she and Damon spent all summer looking for Stefan. He gave her the necklace Stefan gave her that she had lost. She knew how much it hurt him but he still gave her and decided to be selfless. In that moment she loved him. Elena tells Alaric she's ready. He rewrites the memory, and she remembers the night ending with Damon snapping Jeremy's neck in front of her. Finally, she doesn't remember Damon as her boyfriend, but as a monster who died.
In Black Hole Sun, Alaric is first seen when Elena goes to see him, asking about her life that he had compelled away. Alaric gives her a box full of her things that contained things that reminded her of Damon. She finds a letter that she had wrote to herself, detailing why she had gotten Alaric to wipe her memories of ever loving Damon. Alaric asks her is she wants to remember, she replies with no, not yet. Alaric takes hungover Jeremy to the hospital. Jo comes over to help, Alaric asks her if he could a STD test on him as a joke, sense shes already insisting a full workup. Once Jeremy had gone to pee in a tube, Alaric fails to flirt with Jo while over viewing a man with a bloody face. Alaric and Jeremy then go to the woods to work out their issues, fighting. Jeremy doesn't think the fight is fair to Alaric practically being an practically being an Original Vampire, but Alaric counters that Jeremy had killed an Original before. Alaric's new mission is to get Jeremy healthy again. Jeremy feels like he has a right to have a problem right now since Bonnie died to save everyone else and told him about it over the phone. He has resentment issues, and Alaric, wanting to say what every adult is thinking, is like, "I have YEARS of resentment, you entitled teen prick." I'm paraphrasing. The moral here is, "We find a way to keep going." He seems to get through to Jeremy.
In The World Has Turned and Left Me Here, Alaric is teaching his class about the history of homecoming and indirectly talks about Damon. He tells Elena at the end 'Damon might be gone but I can still find pleasure in judging his life choices'. He also asks her if she's changed her mind about Alaric compelling to which she replies no. She asks him to come to a the party. Later, alone at the collage, Stefan goes to see him. Alaric doesn't look very happy to see him. Stefan tells him that Enzo turned Ivy into a vampire and he needs him to compel her to leave him. He refuses, saying that it's his responsibility and he can't compel and it's not that easy. Stefan says it was when he compelled Elena to forget Damon. Alaric says he forget him first. He threatens him to leave before he 'compels him to be the guy he used to know instead. Alaric shows up at the maze, sees Jo, and goes up to talk to her. Tyler drives his truck through the maze, hurting many people, including Alaric. Jo wakes up next to Alaric, he quickly takes a wooden stake out of him, she leans to look but it's gone by then and she's confused. They start helping people but he has difficulty resisting blood. Later at the hospital. Alaric and Jo have a heart whelming talk. Alaric attempts to compel her. Telling her that she doesn't want to kiss him, however, to his astonishment, Jo kisses him, revealing that shes impervious to compulsion.
In The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get, Alaric tells Elena that Damon is back and if she wanted her memories back. She rescues. He agrees and tells her he'll wait until she asks him herself. He also tells her to find out about Jo and why she can't be compelled. Later, Matt tells Caroline and Alaric about Enzo getting caught. Caroline's angry that he didn't tell her before but he says he was confused about who was 'good' and bad. Stefan comes in and tells them he was the one who handed Enzo in. Later, Damon asks Alaric to undo the compulsion but he refuses. Elena calls Alaric who tells her he'll get him back and to not worry. Jo comes to Alaric and tells him that she knows he tried to compel her. Alaric says its a bad time but she continues and he lashes out saying his best friend is about to die again and he has to save him. Alaric and Stefan block one route to Mystic Falls, Elena and Caroline block the other. Stefan starts to break everything apart in the engine to stop it working in anger. Alaric says it's okay because he gave up on Damon too, and explains how much he hates being a vampire and his constant hunger, noting how ironic it was that he had become the very thing he used to hunt.
They see the van coming and Alaric waves to stop it. He then asks for a lift. Once Tripp had refused, he smashed the window in holding onto the van. Tripp steps on the accelerator, making the car thrust forward, hitting Alaric's car and over the boarder of Mystic Falls. Tripp looses control of the van, making it swerve and tip over. Alaric is found laying over near the van. Alaric, Enzo and Damon start dying as the magic undoes because of the Magic Purification Spell. Stefan has only time to save, both Enzo and Damon, however, Jo comes to the rescue, attempting to stop the beading from his heart. Jo is determined to save Alaric from dying and refuses to get him across back the boarder. Alaric, for a short period, dies. But is later revived by Jo. He wakes up feeling, different. He quickly comes to a conclusion that he is again human and freed from the curse of being a vampire. Later, Elena phones Alaric in hospital, he tells her he's happy to be human and apologizes to Elena. She says its okay because she had the chance to get her memories back. She says she'll have to live with herself now.
In Do You Remember the First Time?, Damon visits Alaric in the hospital, playing around with all of the hospital equipment, Damon knows that Alaric is sorry for not being unable to uncompel Elena, but there is no way to undo it since Alaric is now a human. Jo joins them and invites Alaric as her date to the hospital fundraiser, where Elena will also be with Liam. While at the fundraiser, Alaric watches Damon fail to rekindle his relationship with Elena. Alaric acknowledges that it was his fault since he shouldn't have compelled her but Jo reminds him that it was Elena's choice. Alaric embraces being a human again, despite the pain he's still feeling from his injuries.
In Fade Into You, Elena calls Alaric, he tells her about Bonnie's teddy bear, Ms Cuddles, giving them hope that she’s still alive. They’re in Portland to track the Gemini Coven and to make Stefan feel bad that he was the only one not invited to Friendsgiving. Damon, Stefan and Alaric arrive to the location when the Gemini Coven is meant to be. While walking up to the empty field, Damon starts using Bonnie's bear, Miss Cuddles, to taunt Stefan. Stefan then grabs the bear form Damon's hands and kicks it as hard as he could, unveiling a cloaking spell on a house. Alaric suggests that Bonnie has put her magic inside of her bear. While the only human there, Alaric is the only one to enter the house, suggesting that someone lives there. Alaric looks around the house, bumping into Liv and Luke's father. He then shakes Damon's hand, causing Stefan and Alaric to disappear out of the house and also cloaking the house once again while Damon was still inside.
Alaric then calls Jo, hoping that she will tell him how to get back inside the house. Her father, then gives her a migraine form his house causing her to collapse. While in pain, she invites them both into the house and tells Alaric that there is a knife in a tree stump in front of the house containing her magic. Stefan then, with vamp speed, grabs the knife and throws it in the direction of the house, unveiling the house once again. They rush into the house, stopping Joshua from killing Damon, resulting in him disappearing in thin air. Alaric later before getting into the car, says he won't let Jo die, Damon says that so there's no way they're getting the Ascendant from her and risk letting Kai out. So naturally, Damon compels him to get it, revealing that for some reason, he isn't on vervain.
In I Alone, Alaric and Jo have dinner and it's revealed that Damon compelled Alaric to do whatever it takes to get her to discuss about the Ascendant. Afterwards, Alaric gets the Ascendant and hands it over to Damon and he compels him to forget that what he did never happened. A day later, Jo is looking for the Ascendant and when he keeps telling her he doesn't have it, Jo is convinced Damon compelled him to get it and Alaric believes Damon wouldn't do it, as he's his friend. Jo then challenges him and says if they cross the Mystic Falls border and if he crosses and the memory comes back, he was compelled, if not, then Damon is his friend. Alaric meets up with Damon at the cemetery and punches him for compelling him. Damon tells him they were trying to get Bonnie back, and Alaric says getting her back was never off the table, but having be compelled and steal from Jo was off the table since they promised her they would keep Kai locked away. When Damon tells him that Kai is out, but it wasn't their fault, Alaric punches him again and walks away.
In Christmas Through Your Eyes, Jo calls Alaric and tells him she's going to have to cancel their plans as she has many patients coming in, and he promises to save her dinner. A day after Alaric calls Elena and asks her if she's seen Jo, to which she says she hasn't since the day before and Alaric says it was Kai since she knew he would come after her and he did. When Damon tells him that he should've kept an eye on her, Alaric asks him sarcastically if he would compel her to stay put and Elena interrupts them, telling them they need a plan to save her. At Alaric's apartment, Alaric is saying what is happening doesn't make sense and Damon is wondering why, to which Alaric tells him that Jo needs her magic for the merge to work, but she got rid of it back in 1994. Damon tells him that he had hid the knife and they tell Alaric that Kai was born without the ability to do magic. Alaric says that if the only way to restore Jo's back is to reunite her with the knife, Kai will come looking for it, but Damon tells him that he'll kill him and reveals he hid it behind a picture frame, but when he opens the back, the knife isn't there as Kai had already found it.
Alaric and Damon then arrive at the cemetery and Damon is complaining that even though they are going up against Kai together, Alaric still won't talk to him. Damon tries to apologize to him and when he scoffs and walks off, Damon vamp speeds in front of him and apologizes, and Alaric tells him to go finish Kai. When Damon distracts Kai, Alaric comes behind him, grabs him and puts a gun to his head. Damon tells him to kill Kai, but Jo tells him not to as she doesn't want Liv and Luke to do the merge since it would be unfair to them. Jo pleads with him not to kill him and that she's going to train to be able to defeat Kai in the merge, to which Alaric knocks Kai out with the butt of his gun. Alaric then walks Jo to his car and he says they'll just lock Kai up she and him merge during the next celestial event. He gets a blanket out and wraps it around Jo, to which she tells him to be careful and he drives his car up the border and gets out. Damon asks why he keeps compromising for some girl he just met, which Alaric tells him that he's a real dick and Damon tells him he feels bad for leaving Bonnie over in the prison world but he's in the real world, to which Alaric tells him that he should stop pretending that this is about anyone else but him, and Damon throws a rock at his tire and punctures it. When Kai is doing sucking up all the magic from the border, he gets up and levitates Alaric and slams him into a tree. When Kai disappears when Damon tries to punch him, he goes over to Alaric and gives him his hand, and he accepts Damon's apology, but asks how he isn't dead as he's across the border.
In Woke Up With a Monster, Alaric arrives at the Salvatore Boarding House and brings Jo breakfast. He tells her that he wouldn't want to watch her trying to practice witchcraft being sober and Stefan asks why the regimen they are doing is happening in his living room, to which Alaric tells him Damon feels guilty. Damon calls Alaric to tell him that Liv is gone and he needs a witch to help him. Jo volunteers and Alaric protests at first, but he lets her go so she can cloak Damon and save Elena from Kai. After Jo and Damon rescue Elena, Alaric and the rest are at the Boarding House and Alaric tells Damon that Jo is a keeper and that he thinks she's going to have a handle on the merge. Damon tells him she's not strong enough since Kai absorbed the traveler magic, and Alaric tells him they'll keep Kai down until his magic drains away. They then toast to women who make screwed up decisions and loving them even more for it.
In Stay, Alaric is at the Mystic Grill with Matt and Jeremy as Jeremy is getting ready to leave town and do his own thing. Later, Alaric arrives at the Salvatore Boarding House to and tells him it's time to get the hell out of Mystic Falls. When Elena is ready to bring Jeremy to the airport, Alaric offers to take him instead since she should go be with Liz. Alaric and Jeremy then arrive at a bus stop outside Mystic Falls and they joke about it being the airport. He tells him the bus will stop about 30 miles north of Santa Fe and that he can't confirm if there or animal attacks or something else, but Jeremy says he's on it. Alaric tells him that he's going to have to do some art so Elena won't be on to him because if she finds out that art school is one big lie, she's not just going to kill him, but she's going to kill Alaric too. Alaric tells him he'll send him leads and not to do anything stupid. He hugs Jeremy and tells him he's proud of him and he promises he'll call Jeremy if Bonnie ever comes back.
In Let Her Go, Alaric is at Jo's apartment and she is throwing up. He tells her that the vegan dish she had did her in and he says that maybe they should skip the funeral, but she says they are going. When the doorbell rings, he goes to the door and sees that Kai is there. He tells Alaric that he knows that he hates him, but he needs to see his sister, but when he tries to close the door, Jo appears and he tells her he's sick. When Kai starts vomiting blood, Alaric gives him a bucket for him and Kai tells her he doesn't think she has food poisoning, he thinks it's because he didn't merge with her and that if he dies, she will and the rest of the coven does too.
Jo is checking Kai out and he asks if Alaric has to be there, and Alaric tells him that he's not leaving her alone with him so he's going to have to deal with it. When Kai tells Jo that he needs her magic, Alaric grabs his hand and threatens to break some bones and Kai then explains that if the leader of the Gemini Coven dies, the Prison Worlds collapses and Alaric then is shocked that there is more than one. Jo and Alaric then talk and she tells him that she has no choice and he tells her she does, as it's her to give or not. He tells her that if she wants to fight and keep her magic, he'll fight with her, if not, and tells her he loves her regardless if she's a witch or not. When Jo is ready to give her magic to Kai, Alaric asks what the other prison world is. He tells him that it is a place filled with people like him and that he's saving their miserable lives from oblivion. When Jo gives all of her magic to Kai, he congratulates her and after he leaves, Alaric asks what he whispered in her and she tells him that Kai told her she was pregnant. He then asks her to marry him and he takes out a box with a ring in it. He tells her he bought it the day after Luke died, and that he was trying to plan for the right moment. He tells her he would like to have the baby and that the moment isn't a pity proposal. He tells her he loves you and he kneels down and opens the box to reveal a diamond ring. He then asks her again to marry him and she sits down and then asks if he was sure, to which he jokes at least 92% and she tells him yes.
In A Bird in a Gilded Cage, Alaric is at the medical center and talks to Jo about keeping Sarah out of harm's way until Elena's blood is out of her system or else she'll become a vampire. Jo starts to think they should elope and Alaric jokes with saying the same thing. Alaric mentions that she was compelled to forget the night before and will be back at Duke, to which Jo says the name is a little obnoxious but cute. Alaric becomes alarmed that she has been thinking of baby names and Jo asks if he hasn't been. He tells her that he has, but Jo knows that he really hasn't.
Alaric is at Whitmore in his office writing down baby names and Jo calls. He tells her he has a few and she tells him that someone with the name "Alaric" shouldn't be allowed to name another human. He tells her he didn't name himself and he vetoes Duke. Enzo interrupts their conversation and comes in. Alaric asks what he is doing there and Enzo says that he's hoping he has enough vervain to get Caroline and Stefan to the Salvatore cellar without any drama. Alaric tells him he's a human and going against two no humanity vampires isn't a good idea, but Enzo says that he would become a cowardly father and it would affect the child. Alaric then sighs and tells Enzo he has weapons in his apartment. Enzo and Alaric then arrive at the dorms with a crossbow and a stake-shooting rifle in their hands. Alaric asks why he wants Stefan's humanity back on as they both hate each other and Enzo tells him the game is better with two players. Alaric tells him Sarah had an involuntary splenectomy because her brought her into his life and he tells him that he needs to reevaluate his obvious loneliness. They come next to another room and a vervain grenade rolls down the steps and Enzo grabs Alaric by the collar and vamp speeds away, and the grenade barely misses them. Alaric and Enzo are unconscious and Caroline moves them out of the way while Stefan says they should send a message. Caroline stops him from killing them and points Alaric's stake rifle at his chest.
At the medical center, Alaric is getting checked by Jo with a pen light and his face slightly scratched up from the vervain grenade. She tells him she's marrying an idiot and that he could've died. She tells him she needs him alive for 18 years and after they send she/he off into the world, he can go around with guns, vampires and be an idiot. He smiles and says "fine" to her.
In Because, both Jo and Alaric are at the Bed & Breakfast on watch duty for Caroline and Stefan. They are playing cards and Jo tells him that she got them into the cute bakery for their wedding cake and he tells her at first he had no idea what she was talking about. She tells him right next door to the bakery is a tequila bar and he tells her he won again with the card game. She kisses him and they begin making out passionately until Elena shows up, looking surprised and uncomfortable. Elena clears her throat and they break apart, looking at her, then at each other. She tells them she's there to relieve them of their shift. Alaric tells her supplies are there and cards are there just in case she gets bored. She tells him that it's really nice to see him happy and he says thanks. Caroline is then heard grunting and groaning miserably and he leaves her to watch duty. Alaric approaches Stefan and asks about Caroline. Stefan tells him that she doesn't want to see him and Alaric tells him that every emotion she pushed away just came back at least 100 miles an hour. Jo then joins them and tells Stefan that maybe he should let Caroline decide what she needs.
In I'd Leave My Happy Home For You, Alaric is at his desk grading papers when he gets a call from Jo and she tells him that tonight is her last shift as a single woman and she can't wait to marry him. He tells her he's counting the days and they hang up their phones. Alaric goes back to grading papers until he hears a creaking noise out in the hall and goes to investigate after seeing a dark figure go past. He is about to go back into his office until a black hood is thrown over his head and he tries to break free, but to no avail. Alaric is seated in a chair with the hood still over his head and when it is ripped off his head, he looks around in a daze and is confused until Damon, Stefan and Matt shout "Happy Bachelor Party!" at him. Alaric realizes what's going on and smiles happily, and notices there is room full of beautiful women and copious amounts of alcohol. While Alaric's bachelor party is raging downstairs, he and Damon talk at the bar. Damon had told him he offered to take the cure and Alaric tells him if he takes the cure, he won't be able to become a vampire again and that Damon is now getting cold feet. Damon gets frustrated and asks Alaric if he wants to spend his last night as a single man debating his crisis. Alaric is concerned and asks Damon if he told Stefan he was going to take the cure. Damon tells him he will...eventually, which makes Alaric sigh and is handed a glass of bourbon and they clink their glasses together.
Alaric finds Matt out on the back patio drinking straight from the bottle of liquor he stole. He sits down next to Matt and passes him the bottle. Matt asks him if he's really doing this, meaning taking a plunge and start a family in Mystic Falls. Matt tells him that he has 30 stitches in his side and all his friends are killers except him. He says it's a miracle he's still alive and he's a dick if he's okay with bringing the baby into the supernatural mess. Alaric sarcastically tells him if that's his bachelor toast then it sucks and Matt tells him to leave town, take his fiancee, his unborn baby and his miracle life and get out while he still can.
At the hospital, Alaric arrives and Jo starts running towards him. Alaric asks her how Bonnie is doing and she tells him that Damon gave her some of his blood. He asks her how she is and the baby, and Jo pulls a sonogram out of her pocket and shows it to him. Jo tells him they're having twins and Alaric is stunned as he looks at the sonogram. Jo tells him that even if Kai never escapes his prison, her family will try to take them from them. Alaric tells her they won't find out and she asks how, to which he tells her after the wedding they're going to disappear and where her family can't find them. He tells her she and the babies are his life and all he cares about is keeping them safe.
In I'll Wed You in the Golden Summertime, it is Alaric and Jo's wedding day. He meets Elena outside of the hospital where Jo was admitted to after collapsing due to a panic attack. Elena tells him that her first instinct was to give her vampire blood, but since she was human she couldn't do that anymore. Alaric asks her if she is having second thoughts, but Elena tells him she doesn't and that it feels amazing to be a human again. Later on, before the wedding, Alaric calls Jo and asks her how her vows are coming along. He tells her that it was big of her to invite her father despite the fact that he tried to kill her. The wedding begins, and Alaric delivers his vows to Jo. He promises her that he will be with her, that he will love her, and that he will dodge fate with her. Tearfully, Jo started to say her vows until she suddenly stops and gasps. It is discovered that she is being stabbed, and she falls into Alaric's arms. Jo's brother Kai appears before them with the dagger, having been disguised by a cloaking spell. Alaric is on the ground, holding Jo's unconscious body.
In I'm Thinking Of You All The While, Alaric is still on the ground, with Jo's lifeless body in his arms. He is crying and pleading for help. Kai comes up to Alaric and apologizes to him for killing the babies, but he didn't feel like competing for leadership with them. Alaric doesn't respond to Kai, and continues to sob. Afterwards, Elena and Alaric share a special moment out in the woods. Elena tells him not to give up, but he tells her he has nothing left to fight for. Later on, Alaric is carrying a body bag to his car. It is revealed that Jo is in the body bag as Alaric zips it up. Alaric gets into his car and grabs a gun out of the glove compartment. He is then approached by Kai, to which he immediately gets out of the car and shoots Kai five times. This had no effect on Kai, who healed due to his transition into a vampire-witch hybrid. Alaric points the gun to his own head and pulls the trigger, but there were no bullets left. They are interrupted by Tyler, who attacked Kai and bit him. When Alaric let's Elena into his thoughts to say goodbye, it flashes back to their special moment in the woods. Elena is hugging him and telling him that he can't fight it, and that he has to let himself drown in it so he can learn to swim and grow stronger from it. Alaric glimpses at Elena in her coffin, but is interrupted by Jeremy, and him and Jeremy embrace.
In Day One of Twenty-Two Thousand, Give or Take, weeks after his disastrous wedding, Alaric went on a getaway trip to Europe with Damon and Bonnie. Alaric didn't want Damon to be his babysitter but Damon assured him that he was there to get his mind off of Elena and Ric's own grief was a good distraction for him. While on the trip, he got drunk regularly, apparently trying to drown his sorrows away. When they heard about trouble with the Heretics back in Mystic Falls, Stefan called and asked Alaric about how to make a bomb, since he was going through his weapons and needed something that could take out the Heretics all at once. Alaric said he would call him back when he wasn't in such a public place. Alaric then excused himself, acting drunk, when it was revealed soon after that he was actually just drinking tea and pretending it was bourbon.
In actuality, Alaric was stone-cold sober and went to a psychic, showing him a red stone. He asked if the psychic had ever seen one and then asked if the psychic could communicate with Jo's spirit. Needing something of significance to tether to her, Alaric offered the psychic his wedding ring. When Alaric realized the psychic was a fraud, having handed him a fake ring, he grew irate and volatile, especially when the psychic told him his wife was better off dead. Alaric beat the psychic with his bare hands in rage. When they returned home from their trip, Alaric went to the hospital morgue and demanded to see Jo's body. Despite the hospital's policy, Alaric paid the pathologist off to keep Jo's body longer than was allowed.
In Never Let Me Go, Alaric taught his class full of students about fables of monsters, hoping he could get the teens to stop sneaking into Mystic Falls for amateur monster hunts. He told them that the most terrifying thing they would find there is a trespassing ticket. Bonnie spoke to him after class commenting on how the evacuation plan didn't go as well as everyone had hoped. Ric told her that they turned it into a ghost town but ghost towns draw the college kids and the Heretics had killed ten people already. She asked him if he was okay and that Damon filled her in on what he was doing in Europe. Ric told her that he was over it. Bonnie admitted she was a little offended that he didn't come to her first about contacting Jo in the afterlife. Ric asked her if she'd ever heard of the Phoenix Stone.
Later in the dorm, Ric showed Bonnie the Phoenix Stone and told her about its supposed resuscitative powers. He explained that got it the night they were in New York when he pretended to pass out, but had actually sneaked into the Maritime Museum because the Phoenix Stone was on display there and he stole it. Bonnie didn't feel any magic from the stone but told Ric that sometimes witches would conceal a powerful talisman by hiding the magic inside it. Bonnie started getting horrible, bloody, violent visions and dropped the stone, telling him that she saw people dying and that there was something wrong with the stone, something evil. She told him that he can't mess with that kind of magic and he needed to destroy the stone.
In his classroom, Alaric dissolved a regular stone in hydrochloric acid and was glad to know that it worked. However, he couldn't bring himself to destroy the Phoenix Stone as he gazed at a picture of him and Jo. He later lied to Bonnie, telling her it was destroyed and then went to the morgue again and set the Phoenix Stone on a dead man's chest. The man came to life, startling Ric who quickly removed the stone, causing the man to return to his former state.
In Age of Innocence, Alaric dealt with Damon living at his place and asked why he hadn't just compelled himself a better home. Bonnie arrived, having had more nightmares from the Phoenix Stone, and asked Alaric if he had destroyed it like he said he would. Alaric lied, saying he had seen it dissolve in acid. He then went with Damon and Bonnie to Myrtle Beach to try and track down the only Heretic that had escaped from the prison world but wasn't accounted for in Mystic Falls. They wanted to capture Oscar and exchange him for Elena, whose slumbering body had been taken by Lily. They found Oscar and discovered that he had been sent on a mission by Lily but had abandoned it to indulge in his newfound freedom. When they asked him to siphon the magic of Bonnie's violent visions away, he discovered that they knew about the Phoenix Stone. Alaric questioned how he knew about it but Oscar demanded to know where it was before knocking them all out with magic. Oscar took the stone from Alaric when he was knocked out.
When they awoke, Bonnie realized Alaric had been lying to her about the stone. Despite her anger, Alaric explained that she and him had both come back to life; and that he'd do anything to let Jo have that same chance. Bonnie reminded him that their circumstances were different and The Other Side was gone. Alaric didn't care, saying that he had to try, even if there was a minimal chance of success. He didn't want to live the rest of his life wishing he had just stayed dead. They found Oscar fighting Damon and while Bonnie kept him at bay with magic, Alaric shot him with vervain darts, successfully taking him prisoner. The stone fell out of Oscar's pocket and Bonnie returned it to Ric, telling him to never lie to her again. Later, they researched the Phoenix Stone together. Bonnie warned him that it wasn't a matter of raising a magical veil to ghosts, it was actual necromancy. Alaric decided to show her the morgue where Jo was kept and told her how he'd been paying them to keep her body longer than regulated. He asked for Bonnie's help in reviving Jo with the stone. Later, Alaric watched Damon propose the trade of Oscar for Elena.
In I Carry Your Heart With Me, three years from now, Alaric was shown with two daughters, fixing their baby doll. However, they were then met by Damon, who hadn't seen Ric in some time. Alaric dug out a stake shotgun from the cabinet and cautiously checked on his daughters, finding Damon standing outside the door. Damon noted that Alaric seemed to have gotten everything he wanted and threatened to start causing some chaos to his perfect life unless Alaric invited him inside, which Alaric seemed very hesitant to do. Back in the present, Alaric, with the Phoenix Stone in hand, again paid the mortician to let him keep Jo's body in the morgue a little longer.
Alaric and Bonnie prepared to use the stone to try and bring back Jo, but were interrupted by Damon with Oscar's dead body. Needing Oscar alive to get Elena back, Damon asked that they instead use the stone to bring Oscar back first. They put the stone to Oscar's chest and watched as Bonnie tried multiple spells to try and bind his soul to his body through the stone. After many unsuccessful attempts, Oscar awakened from the dead but with no apparent memory of what had happened to him, and desperately craving blood. Seeming to have worked, Bonnie and Alaric then tried the Phoenix Stone on Jo's corpse. They watched as the Phoenix Stone seemed to resurrect Ric's late wife.
In Live Through This, Alaric sat beside the revived Jo as she rested, having been asleep for twelve hours since her resurrection. Bonnie arrived with his term papers to grade, reminding him that he still had a job to do. Bonnie wanted to learn more about the power of the Phoenix Stone and the magic it involved, asking Alaric for the stone back. He didn't see the point in learning more, now that it had worked and his wife was back but gave her the stone back anyway. Jo awoke and Alaric discovered that Jo had memory loss after her revival just like Oscar had. He tried to help her adjust, and to help her recover her memories. However, he later learned that she wasn't Jo but a vampire soul that had been trapped in the Phoenix Stone. When Bonnie explained this to him, Alaric found "Jo", and asked if they could talk. The vampire inside Jo's body confirmed that she wasn't Jo, and Alaric still promised to help her.
In Best Served Cold, three years in the future, Damon told Alaric that Caroline was in danger now that Stefan's scar had opened up and the huntress had returned. Back in the present, Alaric watched tapes of his wedding and got a call from Bonnie asking to come keep an eye on "Jo". Her nose started to bleed and Alaric realized that a vampire soul not being in a huan body would deteriorate since it couldn't contain the essence of the vampire soul. As "Jo" started dying, she told Alaric about the sword that had killed her and trapped her soul in the Phoenix Stone, and told him she remembered that her name was Florence. Alaric apologized for putting her through that in his efforts to bring his wife back to life. Florence told him that she wished she was his wife and that he would have made an amazing husband. Alaric tearfully told her it was nice to hear Jo's voice again and thanked Florence for allowing him to say goodbye. Alaric watched her die as Caroline looked on.
Later, Alaric found Valerie watching his wedding video and she listened to the spell the Gemini Coven were casting on Kai closely. She explained that the coven wasn't trying to send Kai away but instead was protecting the unborn twins inside of Jo, as the Gemini Coven depended on them. When Valerie cast a spell to find out where the babies were transferred to, they discovered that the location of the unborn children was in the room with them. After some deduction, Valerie learned that they had been magically transferred into Caroline, much to Caroline and Alaric's utter shock and disbelief.
In Mommie Dearest, three years in the future, Alaric drove Damon to try and rescue Caroline. In the present, he and Caroline waited for the results of a pregnancy test. Caroline asked him if, given his knowledge as an occult expert, he had ever heard of a pregnant vampire, Alaric reminded her that he didn't know everything. Alaric suggested that because a vampire's body mostly functioned normally, it could be possible. He realized the Geminis put the baby some place safe, inside a body that wouldn't die very easily. They got the results, and learned that they were negative. Alaric was surprised and somewhat disappointed, having believed Valerie's certainty. However, Alaric and Caroline later learned that she was indeed pregnant and that the Gemini twins inside of her were just cloaked for protection.
In Moonlight on the Bayou, after seeing the birth of his children and remembering his promise he had made to Jo about moving away, Alaric decided to move to Dallas with his two daughters. Caroline was shocked by his sudden decision, worried about the care of his daughters so suggested that she go with them. Alaric and Caroline drove the babies out of town while Matt called hoping to figure out where Rayna was. Stopping at a diner, Alaric finally managed to get his daughters to stop crying. Caroline tried to help him find a suitable nanny for the girls. After moving into his new house, Alaric told Caroline she was welcome to stay as long as she wanted.
In I Would for You, Alaric and Caroline worked together to take care of the babies together in Dallas. Later Alaric received a letter from Damon telling him that he was going to desiccate in a coffin until Elena woke up. He revealed that he'd been miserable ever since Elena was forced to leave, and told Ric that it was nice knowing him. Upon finishing Damon's good-bye letter, Caroline entered and handed the babies to Ric who happily cradled his daughters as unknown to them, Stefan sadly looked on. Three years passed, and Alaric and Damon reunited. He tried to help him save Caroline and Stefan from Rayna Cruz.
In I Went to the Woods, Alaric got a call from Matt and was furious that he had been working with Rayna and had put Caroline in danger. Despite Matt's assurance that he made sure Caroline was protected, Alaric angrily told him that for three years he and Caroline had been out of their old lives and away from any supernatural threats. He also reminded him that he and Caroline were giong to get married in a month. Matt warned him that something bad had happened and he was sending help but Alaric refused. Suddenly, the door bell rang and he found Valerie at his door with Rayna Cruz captive. Valerie told him that when the Phoenix Stone was destroyed, all of the vampire souls inside had been released and found new bodies, some human and some vampire. She also told him that Stefan, who had been trapped in it again, hadn't been found yet. Rayna explained to Ric the importance of tracking down the released vampires since most of the vampires in the stone were evil and destructive, since she didn't like going after do-gooders.
Alaric called Damon and told him that the Stefan he was with wasn't really Stefan; and instead was another released vampire inhabiting his brother's body. Alaric told him it was hard to find Stefan since reports were popping up all over of people being attacked. He reminded him of what hapepned when Jo's body had been inhabited by a soul from the Phoenix Stone and said that if Stefan's soul had gone into a human body, then he had about three days to live. Alaric listened to reports of vampire attacks and Valerie thought maybe Rayna's connection to the Phoenix Stone would allow her to help find Stefan. They found that Stefan was in a human body in Arkansas and Alaric asked how Damon how quickly he could get there since a blizzard was on its way. Damon called back and told him that the vampire in Stefan's body had escaped. Rayna told them that the vampire inside of Stefan was a serial killer and needed to be stake immediately. Valerie refused so Rayna broke free to do the deed herself, knocking out Valerie. Ric reached for a dart gun but stopped when he realized it wouldn't do any good and let Rayna leave. Later, Alaric spoke with Valerie and she questioned him for proposing to Caroline. Ric revealed that he fell in love with Caroline in their three years together but knew Caroline only said yes because it was best for the kids, and understood that Stefan coming back might ruin the life he'd built with Caroline.
In One Way or Another, Damon called Alaric and asked him to help track down the vampire that had taken over Stefan's body, Ambrose, to capture him and return Stefan back to his original body before he died in his new human one. Alaric asked him if instead of trying with their plan, that Damon should instead just say goodbye to Stefan, since Ric had seen the same thing happen to Jo when her body was inhabited. Damon brushed him off, telling him he'd gotten soft. While driving, Alaric reminded Damon that three years was a long time for everyone else, even if it wasn't for Damon during his desiccation cat nap. Damon apologized for saying goodbye in a letter rather than in person, and wanted them to work together on a mission for old time's sake.
They tracked Ambrose down to a fraternity house but Damon wasn't able to get through the threshold without being invited in, so asked Ric to enter for him. Despite Ric's protests, Damon didn't believe that he was out of the game. Ambrose compelled a young woman to deliver his terms to Damon and Alaric, that if they killed Rayna, Ambrose would turn Stefan's body back over to be transferred into another vampire. They discovered that Enzo had taken Rayna. Alaric explained to Damon that Enzo and Bonnie developed a relationship over the three years Damon had been asleep, much to Damon's surprise. Returning to Ambrose's fraternity house, they found that he had slaughtered all of the party guests. Alaric realized that Ambrose might be going after the real Stefan so there was no chance that the transfer could happen. They tracked down Ambrose trying to kill the real Stefan and Alaric shot him in the back with vervain darts, disabling him. Alaric commented how much he hated how good it felt to be taking down a vampire again. Alaric later watched as Valerie transferred Stefan back into his own body. As Alaric prepared to head home, Damon asked Ric if he could forgive him so they could go back to the way things were but Alaric told him that he didn't want to, since the last three years had been the happiest of his life. He then told Damon where Bonnie was, and said he might have better luck winning her back.
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In Hello, Brother, Alaric has a video chat with Josie and Lizzie. After they talk he talks with Josie and Lizzie's nanny Seline. As he is talking with Seline he is interrupted by Dorian. Dorian tells Alaric him and Georgie have found something in the Armory's Vault. When they reach the Armory vault they come across Georgie. Georgie tells Alaric to clear his mind as she puts on a blind fold and ear muffs on him. Dorian tells him to use his fingers. Suddenly Alaric gets sucked in the cave wall of the armory vault. Dorian and Georgie meet up with Alaric and Alaric tells them how shocked he is that they found this place. Dorian tells him it's an optical illusion and they need his help. Alaric and Georgie talk. Georgie asks him why he is afraid to explore the tunnels in the vault. He tells her since the birth of his twins he is trying to stay away from dangerous and supernatural stuff. Alaric, Dorian and Georgie come across a gold mine. As Alaric and Georgie explore Georgie tries to flirt with him and he turns her down. Alaric also tells her not to touch anything. They are then interrupted by Dorian. Who tells Alaric that Caroline has been calling. Alaric then goes to Caroline's home. She tells him about what happened to Virginia St. John. Caroline tells him she tried to save Virginia but she bled to death. Alaric tells her he doesn't want to be far away from their children anymore. Caroline asks him if he will move back to town. He tells her he will move into her home. Caroline tells him it's a bad idea. And Alaric tells her he doesn't want her there. She tells him she has no where to go. Alaric then tells her he knows where she wants go. And that even though he still has feelings for her. He wants her to be happy. Sometime later Alaric is on the phone with Bonnie. They talk about Sirens. And about what they are capable of and their powers. Bonnie then tells him that Enzo wants their help to fight it.
In It's Been a Hell of a Ride, Alaric fails to mention to Caroline that the girls aren't going to their school anymore because of their magical incidents. He later helps Stefan try to kill Cade by ringing the bell, but stops after Kai tells him he's going to kill the girls. He uses a voice recording to lure Kai and fights with him, but before Kai can do anything else, Caroline arrives and snaps Kai's neck. After everything, Alaric reveals to Caroline that he plans on making the Armory a school for children needing help with their magic, with some help to make it happen.
In We're Planning a June Wedding, Alaric surprises Caroline with the twins while she’s getting prepared for her wedding. Indeed he changed his mind about the girls not going to the wedding, plus he made sure they would be safe (Valerie did a protection spell on them). Then Lizzie asks him to practice with her and Josie but he replies that he needs to go back to work. Lizzie makes a comment on Caroline's look and Alaric agrees. He clearly still cares for her, though he knows who she loves; hence he tells her to be happy and they embrace.
In Voodoo in My Blood, Alaric walked out of a gas station outside of New Orleans while talking with Klaus on the phone, having been asked to find one of the Hollow's. Alaric explained that he found an ancient finger bone at the Lockwood estate, but didn't want Klaus to come back to Mystic Falls so would be bringing it to him. Alaric went on to say that the Lockwood family kept records about the bone and that other families of werewolves protected the rest of the Hollow's remains. He elaborated that the Labonair family could find the rest of the bones. However, Alaric emphasized that he didn't want to fight anyone, since it wasn't his fight, and wanted Klaus to meet him at a barbecue restaurant.
As Alaric drove to the meeting place, he was ambushed by The Hollow in Sofya's body. The Hollow demanded that Alaric hand over the finger bone. As Alaric tried to stall The Hollow from hurting him he went to the back seat of his car and pulled out a crossbow. He used the crossbow on The Hollow and she used her magic on him, completely overpowering him. Alaric was thrown through the air and onto his back. The Hollow prepared to finish him and approached his vehicle but Alaric pulled out a gun, revealing that he had filled his car with explosives. He fired at his car which blew up right next to the Hollow. However, his efforts weren't enough to stop the Hollow from taking the finger bone.
Soon afterward, Alaric was found in the road by Elijah Mikaelson and Marcel Gerard. Marcel was surprised that Alaric was the occult expert that Elijah had told him was bringing the bone. Alaric explained to them that someone had taken the bone and described what his assailant had looked like. Marcel quickly realized that it was Sofya and he and Elijah prepared to go after her. Before they left, Alaric told them that he studied the Lockwood's records thoroughly and found another pack name, Del Robles. He told them that the Del Robles bloodline had ended and someone from that family was buried with the Hollow's bone they protected. Alaric helpfully told them where the family was buried in the Tremé section of New Orleans.
Later that night, at the Abattoir, Alaric meets Hope Mikaelson. Realizing that she was practicing witchcraft, Alaric told her the good things about being a witch and there were plenty of things to study that didn't hurt. He complimented her on how much she had already learned and then told her it was great to meet her. He suggested the possibility that they might meet again some day. Alaric walked over to the courtyard to speak with Klaus and told him that he can't keep Hope locked up in the Abattoir forever. He went on to tell him about the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted that he and Caroline had started for children with supernatural powers. He explained that even his own daughters were doing well there, and using their magic for good. He told Klaus that Hope was always welcome there, before leaving.
In The Feast of All Sinners, Alaric is at the Salvatore Boarding House. That turned into a school for kids that have mystical powers. He walks up to Hayley who just arrived with Hope. He tells Hayley that Hope looks like she is doing well talking to kids her age. He tells her about the kids there and how they all get along and willing to learn new things about witchcraft. He then tells Hayley what they teach the kids. And how these kids will be better at accepting who they are being mystical.
In This is the Part Where You Run, 10 years following Hope's arrival at the Salvatore School, Alaric had settled into a new, stable life for himself as the firm but fair Headmaster of the school, dividing his time between raising his daughters, running the school and training Hope to master her Tri-brid powers. In the fall of 2018, Alaric caught wind of a newly-emerging Werewolf in Mystic Falls and, with Hope in tow, tracked the lycanthrope to a church whereupon they encountered Landon Kirby , an old friend of Hope and the foster brother of the werewolf Rafael. After successfully restraining Rafael, Alaric took him, Hope and Landon back to the Salvatore School. While Rafael toured the campus, Alaric questioned Landon about Rafael and informed him about the supernatural nature of the school. When he was finished the interview, Alaric called in MG to compell Landon to forget everything he'd seen and heard but to everyone's shock, Landon was impervious to it. Shaken by this, Alaric confined Landon to a werewolf cell for 24 hours under the theory that Landon had vervain in his system that needed to be waited out.
With Landon contained, Alaric turned to the business of training Hope in hand-to-hand combat but their session was interrupted by his daughter Josie who informed her father that her twin sister Lizzie was in the midst of a meltdown; Alaric went to the school kitchens to find his daughter hysterically tearing it apart over a humiliating conversation with Rafael, which ended with him nearly getting a kitchen knife to the face. To help Lizzie, Alaric set up a meditation session with her so that she could release her stress, pausing only to allow Hope out into the Back Acres to give her a lycanthropic release. Following the meditation session, Alaric went out to break up a student party out by the Old Mill.
The next day, Alaric met with Landon again who asked to remain at the school anyway. Though Alaric was sympathetic to Landon's situation, he reminded the troubled teen that the Salvatore School was too dangerous for a human and turned down his request. He then called in MG again who compelled Landon to leave without a fuss. Not long after Landon had left however, Alaric was alerted to a break-in in the school library by Dorian who informed him that a mystical dagger of unknown origins had been stolen. Alaric questioned Hope about it has she had met with Landon regularly and concluded that not only had Landon stolen the dagger, but that the compulsion had still not worked on him which was a strong indicator that Landon was not human at all.
In Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn, Alaric is forced to forego his regular duties including attending a football game as the coach of his daughters' team to go track down Landon and get the knife back; his plans are interrupted slightly when both Hope and Rafael insist on accompanying him. With the teenagers following his lead, Alaric travels to the last place Landon was seen; a sidelined bus on an interstate road containing a number of charred corpses, which Hope believes was Landon's doing while Rafael insists something else is responsible. The trio track Landon into the woods and stumble across a mysterious mute woman with charring all over her clothes who they presume is a survivor. Alaric deduces that Landon is hiding in an abandoned nearby Rangers station and sends Hope and Rafael to scout the area but not to engage Landon while he questions the woman.
While his students find Landon, Alaric tried to talk to the woman but all she does is take his phone from him. When he tries to take it back, the woman breaths fire at him, forcing Alaric to flee back to the highway and use the phone of a passing-by motorist to call Dorian, believing that the woman was a Pyromancer. Realising that his students were in serious danger, Alaric raced to the Ranger station to find Hope and Rafael with a distraught Landon, who claimed to have no memory of stealing the knife and that he'd lost it in the woods. The group went back out to find the woman waiting for them, silently demanding the knife and forcing Landon to reveal that he actually still had it. The woman attacked again, forcing the group back inside where they found a barrel filled with phones and other valuables. Another call to Dorian revealed that the woman was not a Pyromancer at all but a Dragon in human form.
With no chance of escape, Alaric and his students attacked the woman, allowing Rafael to stab her in the heart with the knife. This however only made matters worse as the dragon revived in its true form and attacked again. Alaric and the boys took cover in the house while Hope used dark magic to return the dragon to its vulnerable human form. While Landon and Rafael made their escape, Alaric stabbed the woman in the neck with the knife, permanently killing her. Turning, he spotted a spell-book page in Hope's hand that she'd used on the dragon, recognised it as dark magic and angrily berated Hope for using such dangerous magic. With the knife back in hand, Alaric took Hope back to the car but found that Landon and Rafael had fled on their own. Unwilling to chase them for the time being, Alaric returned with Hope to the school, learning about the debacle at the football game from earlier on and went to chastise his daughters but, shaken by the events of the day, simply hugged them tight.
When introduced, Alaric was a mysterious man who seemed outwardly warm and friendly both with his students, and with strangers. He was quick to give Jeremy a second chance, and immediately started to bond with Jenna. However, this facade showed a darker side, one tinged with guilt and grief. Namely, he carried the burden of the disappearance of his wife and a fierce dedication to discover what had happened to her. He proved to be an intelligent and talented vampire hunter, shown when he killed Logan Fell. However, he was also stubborn and dedicated to finding out what happened to his wife. Namely, he ignored Stefan's warnings to stay away from Damon and attacked him, which led to his first death.
His fixation on Isobel eventually came to pass when he learned of her transformation into a vampire and he managed to let her go, namely after she compelled him to do so, so that he could go along with his life. This allowed him to develop his relationship with Jenna.
Alaric started to warm up to the others and started to form a sort of partnership with Damon as they investigated what happened to Isobel and her connection to John Gilbert. This partnership eventually evolved into a particularly strong friendship, some even considering Damon to be Alaric's best friend, and Alaric as Damon's only friend.
However, after Jenna's death, Alaric was unhinged and started to fall into a state of depression when he was seen drinking away the pain. While he was portrayed as a moderate drinker before the incident, Jenna's death led him to develop a rather severe drinking problem with Meredith Fell calling him a borderline alcoholic. He tried to take care of Elena and Jeremy, but had difficulty living up to the task. This dark part of him was also emphasized due to the many times that he had died and came back to life. It also connected to his suppressed guilt at the way his life had taken and all the pain that had resulted from it which made him fall prey to the darkness within him and turned him into a serial killer.
Alaric's drinking remained a large part of him when he returned from the dead, first as a vampire, then as a human. One of his nicknames was "Professor Bourbon", and Damon, his best friend and drinking buddy, once referred to him as a functioning alcoholic.
Alaric's many deaths and resurrections brought about by the Gilbert Ring eventually caused him to develop a split personality. Each time he died with the ring on, he'd be met by Esther Mikaelson on the The Other Side, and in the brief period before the ring revived him, she would speak with him and nurture his negative feelings toward vampires and how they had affected his life; turning Isobel and killing Jenna. Alaric began to black out and his darker personality would take over, targeting vampires or vampire sympathizers. This Alaric was vindictive, hateful, and militant in his crusade against vampires and anyone who supporting them, not caring if they were once friends or family. He murdered members of the Founder's Council because he thought they were too weak to truly protect humanity from monsters.
This side of Alaric even hated his real self, seeing him as weak and hypocritical, befriending vampires rather than slaying them like he should. This alter-ego did care about self preservation, and would take control if he felt his life was in danger, like when he removed his ring and Stefan nearly killed him to draw him out. The darkness in Alaric's hatred of vampires led to him aligning with Esther when she returned to life, both of them wanting to eradicate the vampire species. This led to her transforming him into an Enhanced Original Vampire, which for a time let his darker side have complete, uninterrupted control.
After Alaric was turned into an Enhanced Original, his darker aspect took complete control, and although now a vampire, was determined to hunt down the Original family and end the existence of vampires, showing that that was all he cared about by agreeing to be desiccated after he had finished his work. His hatred of vampires and vampire sympathizers was just as potent as it had been during his fits of insanity, outing former friends to the Town Council to be hunted down. He also considered his real personality a disgrace, who had befriended the very things that had ruined his life and also was disgusted by ever having been friends with Damon.
Since returning from the Other Side, Alaric seemingly retains his original personality, coupled with his vampiric abilities. He was there for Elena as she grieved the loss of Damon and stood by the rest of the gang as Bonnie and Damon pass on. He admits to Elena that he hates every single part of being a vampire. He drinks from blood bags not from the vein, he seems to not be able to control his hunger when he smells blood.
For unknown reasons, Alaric completely reverted to his original personality when he died. When Bonnie dropped the veil to the Other Side, Alaric retained his vampire powers as well as his personality as if his darker personality simply disappeared when he died. It is possible Esther used magic while encouraging his dark side when he would die with the ring, making it so that after he transitioned his dark side would have full control. As it could have been part of Esther's spell, then it makes sense that he regained his true personality upon death, which would break Esther's tampering with his mind.
Alaric can be described as tall, about 6'2 in height, with an athletic build. A handsome man with short, brown hair that is gelled on the top and has blue eyes. He often wears casual clothing, t-shirts, button downs, jackets, jeans, etc. He's mostly seen wearing dark colors, but occasionally wears brighter ones such as pink or white shirts. He appears between the ages of 34-36.
Isobel Flemming is Elena's birth mother and a descendant of Katherine. She is a vampire who was turned by Damon at her own request, and claims to be a messenger from Katherine. She was married to Alaric Saltzman, the history teacher at the high school, but left him when she became a vampire. She dated John Gilbert, Elena's biological father, in high school. Although Isobel tells Elena not to look for any redeeming qualities in her, she regrets that Elena has been drawn into the supernatural world and that Elena is involved with both Salvatore brothers. Because of her desire to keep Elena from staying involved with the Salvatore brothers, she tells John Gilbert to insure both Stefan and Damon are killed along with the tomb vampires and she agrees with John that this isn't the life they want for their daughter. Before she leaves Mystic Falls, she confronts Alaric, telling him she regrets her decision to become a vampire. Isobel then compels him to move on from her.
She returns in season two allegedly to help protect Elena from Klaus, but she really was compelled by him to kidnap Alaric to use him as a host. In their final conversation, she apologizes for everything she put him through and tells him that she will always love him just before she was forced to let Maddox kidnap him for Klaus. Isobel was also responsible for breaking up Alaric and Jenna as she said to Katherine. It was she who asked John to poison their relationship about the truth surrounding her death. John, who wanted his ring back since Alaric had it, agreed to use this to blackmail Alaric out of his ring. She later commits suicide.
The relationship between Alaric's twin daughters, Lizzie and Josie, started when he realized Jo Laughlin was pregnant with them. Shortly after Alaric and Jo's wedding massacre, Valerie Tulle helped Alaric realize that Caroline Forbes was the one actually carrying Alaric and Jo's fetuses, as a surrogate mother. At first, Caroline refuted this to be impossible being she took and failed pregnancy tests, including a failed ultrasound, but Alaric remained optimistic being he was hopeful his twins were still alive. Also, Alaric admitted that Caroline being pregnant was farfetched, but he continued to assist Valerie in trying to uncover the mystery. Valerie eventually lifted the protective cloaking spell (carried out by the Gemini Coven shortly before their demise) and sure enough, Caroline was carrying Alaric's twin daughters. Alaric's fetuses had survived and Alaric was overjoyed. Caroline also accepted responsibility for them as a surrogate mother and as an actual mother. Over the next few years, Alaric raised Josie and Lizzie, along with Caroline. Introducing Lizzie and Josie to their supernatural lives was not easy, but Alaric was determined to assist them, especially with the threat of the sirens and other supernatural forces. As of now, Alaric runs the Salvatore Boarding School, with Caroline, and both of their daughters attend and live together there.
"What difference does it make? In the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing that you have left is a hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthdate carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So, thanks friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit."
Damon is Alaric's best friend. It started out antagonistic towards each other since Alaric knew that it had been Damon who had killed his wife but it later turned out that she wasn't dead and that she had, in fact, been turned into a vampire by Damon. From that point on, they have been shown as becoming closer as they first worked together to rescue Stefan from the tomb vampires' occupied house, then they often team up to fight the usual threats to the town. Alaric is the only one (other than Elena) to call Damon a friend. They are seen often drinking together; it's often seen that they do taunt each other as well though. Throughout the series, they become like brothers. Towards the end of Season 3, Alaric was turned into an Original Vampire by Esther and fed on Bonnie Bennett to complete his transition and then took the White Oak Stake from Bonnie. Alaric died in Damon's arms in the Season 3 finale, moments after Elena's death causing Damon to break down having lost his first real best friend since he and Stefan became vampires. But when Alaric appears as a ghost we learn that he will always be watching over Damon. In Season 5, Damon sacrifices to save Alaric and the others before the Other Side is completely destroyed. Alaric mourns the loss of his best friend. However, Damon later comes back to life realizing that it was Alaric's doing that made Elena lose her memories of loving Damon. This strained their friendship, but they eventually became close again as they began to ally together to defeat Kai Parker. Both Alaric and Damon lose the love of their lives at Alaric and Jo's wedding. During Season Seven, Bonnie takes both Alaric and Damon on a vacation in Europe to help them get over their lovers' deaths. However, due to Damon wanting to desiccate himself for three years in order to speed up the process of reuniting with Elena and not saying a proper "goodbye" to Alaric, this strains their friendship once again. Also, Alaric's claims of moving on without him hurt Damon as well, but they eventually ally together and somewhat repair their friendship.
Jenna was the love of Alaric's life. They fell for each other and always spent their free time with each other. He felt that her innocence is one of the things that needed to be protected and preserved. As their relationship continued to develop, it later became strained after she discovers that his wife, Isobel, was still alive. She also found out that he is a vampire hunter. They reconcile briefly before Jenna is turned into a vampire by Klaus and killed for his sacrifice. Alaric was devastated by her death, and even went on a drinking binge to cope with the grief and sadness over her death. He then moves in with Elena and Jeremy, and becomes their legal guardian.
"You're gonna think that the pain will never end, but it will, but first, you have to let it all in. You can't fight it. It's bigger than you. You have to let yourself drown in it, but then eventually, you'll start to swim, and every single breath that you fight for will make you stronger. And I promise that you will beat it."
Alaric started out as Elena's history teacher, but they grew much closer after he started dating Elena's Aunt Jenna. After Jenna's death, Alaric moved in with Elena and Jeremy, and essentially became their legal guardian. Alaric also taught Elena how to defend herself against vampires. After Alaric was turned into an Original Vampire, it was also discovered that Elena's life was bound to Alaric's. When Rebekah drove Elena and Matt off of Wickery Bridge, Elena died- also killing Alaric. However, at the end of Season Five, Alaric comes back to life from The Other Side. After Damon sacrificed himself when The Other Side was collapsing, Elena had Alaric compel her to forget that she ever loved Damon. After Kai put Elena under a sleeping spell, Alaric let her into his thoughts and she told him that he will be stronger if he let the pain in.
Alaric first met Jeremy when he was a history teacher, but they grew much closer after Jeremy's Aunt Jenna died, and Alaric moved in with them and became their legal guardian. In Season Three, Alaric was turned into an Original Vampire, permanently becoming an enemy since his dark side took over. After Rebekah caused an accident, hurting Matt and killing Elena, Alaric died, since his life was bound to Elena's. The real Alaric showed up as a ghost to Jeremy, and he realizes that Alaric had died. Alaric promised Jeremy that he would always look out for him. Him and Jeremy have remained close after Alaric had come back to life, and Alaric saw Jeremy out of town to let him pursue his hunting.
For the past two years and after Hope's biological father's death, Alaric has become like another father to Hope. Alaric's biological daughters, Lizzie and Josie, are jealous of this relationship, which bothers Alaric; Alaric wishes for the three of them to get along. He often gives Hope advice and tries to look after her. Alaric also tries to mentor, teach, and convinces Hope to step out of her comfort zone from time to time. Alaric is also Hope's headmaster at her boarding school and also her coach in learning how to fight, physically. They share an often-humorous friendship, but they know when to get serious with each other when the time comes. Alaric often trusts Hope to handle supernatural threats that threaten the school, which also establishes a professional relationship between these two.
Stefan and Alaric (Friends/Frenemies/Former Allies)
Tyler and Alaric (Friends/Former Allies)
Kai and Alaric (Enemies)
Enzo and Alaric (Former Allies)
Matt and Alaric (Friends/Allies)
Tools and Weapons
As a proficient vampire hunter, Alaric used many weapons and tools to aid in his one man war. These weapons were kept in his apartment, car, and even at the school; always close-by and ready for use. He would often loan his vampire slaying weapons to his friends and allies when they were in need of them. As a form of protection against supernatural creatures, Isobel Flemming gift to Alaric a magic ring of resurrection.
Stakes - Alaric would primarily use stakes in combat, taking an element of surprise approach in his battles against deadly vampires like Logan Fell and Damon Salvatore.
Stake Launcher - Alaric used an air propelled stake launcher that he'd keep nearby at the school. When he first met Stefan, he tried to kill him with the help of this weapon.
Arm Cuff Stake - A hidden device under his sleeve which would allow you to either draw the stake from seemingly nowhere or if you punched an opponent with enough force, launch it forward. He taught Elena how to use this weapon effectively.
White Oak Stake - Once he had been turned into an Original vampire by Esther, who wanted him to hunt down the Originals, he used the white oak stake along with his new powers to try and make all vampires extinct.
Gilbert Ring - Alaric always wore the Gilbert Ring that his wife Isobel had given to him. (Isobel obtained it from John Gilbert) It allowed him to be resurrected after being killed by a supernatural creature or by supernatural means, a very handy trinket for someone hunting vampires, though it did end up having some negative effects. Alaric's Gilbert Ring was used to melt and bind its protective magic to the last White Oak Stake, making it indestructible, and the ring is now no more.
"Alaric" Gothic name meaning "ruler of all". Was the name of the king of the Visigoths who sacked Rome in 410 and might have precipitate the fall of Rome.
Saltzman is an Ashkenazic Jewish occupational name for a producer or seller of salt, from German Salz "salt" + Mann "man". Altered spelling of German Salzmann.
His bank account password is "Vampslayer"
Kevin Williamson originally wanted James Van Der Beek for the role of "Alaric". The two previously worked together for the first two seasons of "Dawson's Creek". James Van Der Beek is replaced by Blue Crush star Matthew Davis for the role as Alaric.
In the books his name was Alaric K. Saltzman. In the series "K" is not mentioned. Instead it's a J as seen on his tombstone.
In the books Alaric was much younger and was a researcher instead of a vampire hunter. He also had a relationship with Meredith Sulez and was never married or met Elena's aunt. In the series Alaric meets Meredith Fell and starts a relationship with her a while after Elena's aunt Jenna dies.
He is the only non-Gilbert, besides Matt Donovan in season 4, shown to use the Gilbert Ring.
He had relationships with two women (Isobel and Jenna) who were both turned into vampires and died, and both are related to Elena Gilbert.
Alaric had since had a relationship with Meredith Fell that ended before his death, and Jo Parker, an ex-witch who became his fiancée, but she is murdered at their wedding by her psychotic brother Kai.
Alaric is technically Elena's stepfather, as he married her mother, Isobel Flemming.
Ironically, in the series, Alaric is a vampire hunter but in the books, Meredith says she is a vampire hunter.
He is the third main character to transition into a vampire before death, after Vicki and Jenna.
Alaric was the first Original to become a ghost, Kol being the second. Mikael was a ghost on the Other Side first, but made no on-screen appearances until appearing on TO.
Alaric is the only character who is not a member of the Mikaelson family to have killed Esther.
Alaric is the second character to have killed Esther, the other two being Klaus and Freya.
He was the only Original whose body didn't burn upon death.
He's the only Original who can't be killed by the White Oak Stake, thus implying a wooden stake wouldn't kill him or slow him down like the other Originals (Finn, Elijah, Kol, Rebekah, or Mikael). Klaus is also immune to normal stakes through the heart from his werewolf side, evidenced by his fight with Tyler Lockwood in the bayou.
Like normal vampires who die when the source of their bloodline dies Alaric did the same when Elena died but much faster.
Alaric was a lethal vampire hunter as a normal human, with only supernatural hunters such as The Five trumping his skills and weaponry.
Alaric is resurrected with many of the other deceased main characters in the Season Five finale before The Other Side is completely destroyed, being the last to cross back to the living.
He is the fourth Original Vampire to be resurrected, the first being Mikael and the second and third being Finn and Kol respectively (only in spirit). However he was the only one revived back to being human.
Alaric is the second Original to be fully resurrected into his Original Vampire body in TVD, alongside Mikael in The Originals.
After losing Jo and the twins in I'm Thinking Of You All The While, Alaric attempted to kill himself. He failed, due to using all of his bullets in an attempt to kill Kai in revenge for killing Jo and the twins.
Alaric steals the Phoenix Stone with the intention of using it to resurrect his deceased wife, Jo.
Instead of resurrecting Jo, Alaric brings back a Vampire named Florence into his wife's body with the help of Bonnie.
Caroline Forbes will be Alaric's future fiancée however it been implied to be a cover story so she can stay closer to the twins who she sees her as daughters while they see her as their mom.
Alaric (to Jeremy) : "You know that your old teacher had a jackass file? No joke. It's typed on a label. It has all of the troublemakers in it. But really it's just an opus to you. Don't worry about it. I'm not him. Clean slate. Now...let's talk about your grades."
Alaric (to Jeremy) : "Yeah, I saw that. But the problem is, we're halfway through a semester and half a fail is pretty bleak. This is the part where you say to me, "But what can I do to change that?" I'm glad you asked! How do you feel about extra credit?"
Alaric (to Jeremy) : "Write me a paper, then."
Alaric (to Jeremy) : "History. Pick a topic, keep it local, and no Wikipedia-regurgita. These old towns have a rich history, so just get your hands dirty, make it sing and your back on track. Deal?"
Alaric (to Jeremy) : "Oh, thanks. It was my father's. A little garish, but family, you know? You've got a week"
Alaric (to Jeremy) : "Hey, Jeremy. I, uh can't find my ring. I took it off for the gym, and I thought I put it... There it is! Losing family heirlooms...bad. How's your extra credit going? You pick a topic yet?"
Alaric (to Vanessa) : "Listen, you don't want to get caught up in this. Really, it'll take over and will keep from being able to live your life."
Alaric (to Vanessa) : "Isobel became her research. She wanted to become a vampire and she got her wish."
Alaric (to Vanessa) : "Anyway, I was wondering what it would be like to come back here. It's...It's okay, it's really okay. It feels good to have her in my past. You know it's time to move behind this."
Alaric (to Elena) : "It was bad. You know, John planted all these seeds about Isobel and now Jenna knows I'm lying about something."
Alaric (to Elena) : "Yeah, well, easier said than done. I gave him back his ring so...Look, Jenna keeps asking about Isobel. You know, was she murdered? Why haven't they found the body? I mean, how much longer can she stay in the dark?"
Alaric (to Elena) : "I'm saying I can't be with her and not tell her. It's not fair to her, and it's not the kind of relationship I want."
Alaric (to Elena) : "Look, I'm sorry to put this on you. But I feel it's your decision to make. And whatever you decide to do, I'll respect it. I want to be honest with her. But until then, Jenna and I are done."
Alaric (to Bonnie) : "Listen, Jeremy is an idiot. And I know this with certainty, because I was once a Jeremy. Trust me, we learn...eventually...So, I've been staring at this image all day, wondering why it looked so familiar. I was right."
Alaric (to Bonnie) : "So, your grandmother said this necklace belonged to the witch that put the hybrid curse on Klaus, right? Well this symbol is repeated all across the wall. I've been trying to figure out what it meant. And now I know..."
Alaric (to Meredith) : "Ah, it's the truth, restraining orders and all. My life in a series of police reports."
Alaric (to Meredith) : "Yeah, well I was stupid when I was younger. But, listen it's not like these guys didn't have it coming. I mean, this guy here, broke a beer bottle over a bartenders head. This guy, hit his girlfriend. This guy, okay, this guy was just a douche."
Alaric (to Meredith) : "Everyone needs to find a way to deal with their dark side. Some people meditate. I became a vampire hunter."
Alaric (to Jeremy) : "I need you to tell me where they're keeping Klaus' body."
Alaric (to Jeremy) : "Elena's association with vampires nearly got her killed again tonight, Jeremy. Does that even register with you?"
Alaric (to Jeremy) : "Well, she can't seem to cut them out of her life, but I can. And with your help, I'll get rid of all of them. Find out where Klaus' body is being hidden, I'll kill him, all of his siblings, and when I die vampires will no longer exist."
Alaric (to Jeremy) : "Then lock me up. Have Bonnie put a spell on me like she did to Klaus. Let Elena live a long, healthy human life and when her life is over, mine will be too. This stake is the one weapon on Earth that can kill them. I'm gonna get Klaus either way, Jeremy. Be on the right side of this."
Alaric (to Jeremy) : "You've killed an original vampire before. Now, get your head in the game, and maybe you'll keep it out of the bottle."
Alaric (to Jeremy) : "I'm trying to help you pull yourself together, Jeremy. Now what is your problem?"
Alaric (to Jeremy) : "Keep going. So what? So I can come back to life, right?"
Alaric (to Jeremy) :"You wanna talk about resentment, huh? Is that it? My wife ran away because she would rather be a vampire than be married to me. Come to find out it was Damon who turned her. And then she died. And then Jenna, she died. And then I died. And then the guy who killed my wife died. And I kinda actually miss him. And now I can't even talk to a girl without fantasizing about tearing into her neck? I mean Jeremy, I have resentment for years. YEARS! I get it okay? But I find a way to keep going, because that's what we do. We find a way to keep going! Okay ready?"
Alaric (to Stefan) : "You don't have to take apart the whole engine. We just need to lure Tripp in so we can grab him. You know, it's not your fault."
Alaric (to Stefan) : "Look, you are not the only one who gave up. You know, every second for the last four months, all I could think about was when I'm gonna get my next sip of blood...When I'm gonna screw up and hurt somebody...Why did I come back to life just to be this thing? That I used to hunt vampires, and suddenly I was one. Searching for Damon was the only thing that could take my mind off of it, but I was basically going through the motions as a distraction because...Honestly Stefan I'd given up too. There."
Alaric (to Stefan) : "You should stay in the car. He knows what you like."
Alaric (to Stefan) : "Yeah, unless Enzo told him different. Go tell Elena he's here."
Alaric (to Josette) : "Of course you have a choice. It's your magic to give or not give."
Alaric (to Josette) : "Look, my life is full of martyrs who cave to the bad guy, trying to be heroes, and it never ends well. Somebody inevitably gets hurt or dead, and that somebody could just as easily be you, or Bonnie regardless, no matter what you do. So, if you wanna fight and keep your magic, I will fight with you. And if not, well...I loved you when you weren't a witch, and I'm pretty sure I will still love you regardless."
Alaric (to Enzo) : "Damon really spent five years in a cell with you without killing himself?"
Alaric (to Enzo) : "You know, what are you even doing here? I thought you hated Stefan."
Alaric (to Enzo) : "So, you want Stefan's humanity back just to remind him how much you two hate each other?"
Alaric (to Enzo) : "You know, last night, an innocent girl had an involuntary splenectomy because you brought her into your life. Now, if this is your idea of fun? You need need to take a long look in the mirror, pal."
Alaric (to Enzo) : "Nah, just your deep, obvious loneliness."