The Vampire Diaries Scoop: Death, Romance Ahead!

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It will be off to Whitmore College for Elena and Caroline on The Vampire Diaries Season 5.

But don't expect freshman year to be filled with keg stands and beer pong, a new article makes clear, as E! Online reports that these Mystic Falls favorites will experience the death of a classmate early on this fall.

Caroline in Distress

But "with mourning comes potential romance," a network source teases. For whom, though?

We know that Elena and Damon will be going strong when we next see them (following a summer-long time jump) and we know the series has already cast a love interest for Caroline.

Still, this insider goes on to say that viewers will soon meet Aaron, a handsome college student who has some kind of connection to the dearly departed... and may make a connection of a different kind to either Caroline or Elena.

The Vampire Diaries Season 5 premieres on Thursday, October 3.

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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

Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.