'TVD' Has Just Found Its Next Breed Of Villain

Remember how terrifying the thought of Klaus' hybrids used to be? I mean, the idea of possessing the abilities of both werewolves and vampires made for a pretty devastating combo. However, that's nothing in comparison to what The Vampire Diaries has just unleashed during Thursday night's episode "I Never Could Love Like That." After weeks and weeks of wondering, we now finally know what the deal is regarding Lily's prison world family, who are Heretics, evidently. And, as Jo so kindly informed us, Heretics in Vampire Diaries circles means creatures that are half-witch and half-vampire.

Now I know what you're thinking. Witches can't become vampires. It's simply impossible. Well, just like many other things on this show, there's always an exception to the rule and apparently this group is it. You see, they were once actual members of the Gemini Coven, who, like Kai, could only gain magical power by siphoning it from others. However, when Lily turned them, they no longer needed an outside source. As vampires, they were given a constance source all the time by siphoning directly from themselves, basically making them downright unstoppable.

The good news? The Gemini witches were able to exile them along with Lily to the prison world. The bad news, however, is that Damon just handed the Ascendant over to his mom as a thank you for helping to turn Stefan's humanity switch back on (which was a complete success, might I add). So now that Mama Salvatore has it, it's only a matter of time before these creepy corpses start wreaking havoc upon the unsuspecting residents of Mystic Falls. (Seriously, why does anyone still live in this town?)

It's like how Jo so eloquently put it: imagine Kai with the bloodlust of a vampire. Now imagine six of them. Yeah, I think it's safe to say that the body count is about to skyrocket to extreme heights in the upcoming weeks. That is, assuming Lily successfully manages to rescue them from the prison world, which you know she will. (Also, does this mean Kai might be one of them now as well?) Either way, Vampire Diaries fans are in for a bloody good time.

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