Paul Wesley Embraces the Dark Side, Looks Forward to The Vampire Diaries Season 5

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The Vampire Diaries Season 5 kicks off on Thursday, October 10.

And while fans may be excited for the return of this CW hit, star Paul Wesley told us at Comic-Con that he's especially psyched for all that lies ahead for him in the role of Silas. Why?

Because the writers have listened to him once again and given the actor new, dark material with which to play. As you can see in the Vampire Diaries Season 5 footage that aired during the show's panel discussion in San Diego, Wesley is very much taking this disturbing ball and running with it.

Watch now to listen to Wesley speak more in depth about the role and to hear him wish the best of luck to The Originals:

We also spoke to producer Caroline Dries in an exclusive Q&A and the executive teased a new coven of villains on their way to Mystic Falls next year.

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.

Damon