The Vampire Diaries to Add New Character

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It looks like The Vampire Diaries is about to get even better looking.

The new CW series is adding a series regular in its sixth episode this fall, and he'll be a familiar name for loyal followers of the book series.

Alaric Saltzman is a twenty-something history teacher that is described by executive producer Kevin Williamson in one word: "hot."

Also, residents of Virginia (where the show is filmed) ought to take note: it will soon be casting a handful of locals to portray several townspeople, such as parents, the town sheriff and a pastor.

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The pictures above are courtesy of The Vampire Diaries' pilot episode, in which Elena (Nina Dobrev) bonds with the new kid in school, Stefen, soon after she gets spooked by smoke in the cemetery where he parents are buried.

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

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.

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.