“The Vampire Diaries” has never exactly been precious about killing off characters, but did they really go so far as to drain Tyler Lockwood in the final moment of this Friday’s (Nov. 4) episode?. Each time a new face pops up in Mystic Falls, we’re all pretty much counting down the days until they kick the bucket. With a few exceptions like Enzo (Michael Malarkey) and the Original Family, pretty much all newcomers — supernatural or not — are slated for death on this vampire series. The main characters, however, are a pretty different story. RELATED: Could Enzo head to New Orleans after ‘The Vampire Diaries’ ends? Despite how often the kids in Mystic Falls take a trip to the afterlife, they almost always live to tell the tale. Could “The Vampire Diaries” finally have thrown us all for a loop in its final season by killing off Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino) for good? We’re not confident enough to predict his survival quite yet, since Damon (Ian Somerhalder) took a nice long drink from him in the latest episode, but we are more than comfortable saying that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of Tyler. For one, a death as huge as Tyler Lockwood’s would probably have a bit more of a lead up to it. He may not be a regular on the show anymore, but he was still a staple of the series at one point. If he’s going out for good, we’d expect one or two last moments with Caroline (Candice King) or Matt (Zach Roerig), the two characters he was closest too. On the more spoilery end of the doubt spectrum, Trevino has been filming episodes of “The Vampire Diaries” off and on this fall, which seems to indicate that he’ll be back on our screens in the near future. RELATED: Wedding bells are ringing on ‘TVD’ — we hear June’s a nice month to get hitched That’s not to say he’ll survive his little run-in with Damon, however, since ghosts, flashbacks and visions are par for the course on this show. Finally, the biggest indicator for Tyler’s survival comes from executive producer Julie Plec herself. “He’s remained firmly embedded in the supernatural universe,” Plec tells Entertainment Weekly, “So he’s got information that our heroes don’t have, which is pretty key in the moment when it’s revealed.” Besides giving Damon the verbal equivalent of a smack upside the head, Tyler didn’t reveal much key information during his short appearance in “You Decided That I Was Worth Saving.” Short of a farewell letter sent upon the occurrence of his death, we don’t see how a dead Tyler Lockwood could convey this oh-so-important info to the rest of our characters. Until we see a dead body in a coffin with a heartbreaking song by The Fray playing in the background, we’re going to tentatively guess that Tyler Lockwood is still kicking. “The Vampire Diaries” airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.