'The Vampire Diaries' season 7 spoilers: Show producer weighs in on recent episode, talks Nina Dobrev and Candice King comebacks

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Last episode of “The Vampire Diaries” was heavily penned from Damon’s (Ian Somerhalder) point of view. Travelling back and forth from his own personal hell to the reality while being trapped by the Phoenix Stone, Damon, albeit finally coming out from his own hell on Earth, has arguably became a changed man.

After the screening of the episode titled “Hell is Other People,” the show’s executive producer, Caroline Dries, sat down with a group of press outlets to discuss the current happenings in the supernatural drama.

Dries delved deeper on Damon’s recent experience inside the Phoenix Stone by saying that although Damon was able to escape, he was a changed man, emotionally and psychologically. “What you’ll see in the next episode is that Damon really, really, really messed things up. And Stefan, who had his own journey that we didn’t see and that we’re not going to see in the way we saw with Damon, has been through that. We’re trying to create a little bit of intrigue about how Stefan has survived it and learned some lessons from it, but can Stefan warn Damon in time, of what it means to actually get out of there. It’s like Damon’s Hell on Earth now, moving forward,” she added.

The next episode titled “Things We Lost in Fire” will pan the perspective to Stefan (Paul Wesley) who will attempt to support his brother after the trauma that the former got from being inside the Phoenix Stone while secretly also struggling with his own experience with the stone. Meanwhile, Caroline (Candice King) will discover something involving Alaric (Matt Davis) and his future plan for the babies which will make her upset.

Speaking of King, the actress is slated to go on maternity leave  for five episodes through episode 20, and Dries revealed that while their team has not yet brainstormed on her comeback episode as it will depend on when she is fit to get back to work, it is sure that she will indeed be back.

When asked whether there is a chance that fans would see Nina Dobrev’s Elena in the finale for season , the producer straightforwardly answered “no.” “I would say that, if The CW called today and was like, ‘By the way, Season 7 is the last season,’ then I think we would scramble to make sure that she was in the finale. But as of right now, we’re acting like the show will go on, so no,” Dries further explained.

“The Vampire Diaries” season 7 continues on Feb. 5 on The CW.