David Anders to Play Uncle Gilbert on The Vampire Diaries

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David Anders is a guest star in demand. The actor, whose character was killed off the aforementioned Fox drama just a few days ago, has landed on his feet. Or, should we say, his fangs.

The veteran actor has landed a key role on The Vampire Diaries: He'll debut on the April 15 episode as Elena and Jeremy’s uncle, Jonathan Gilbert. A show insider tells Entertainment Weekly the character will “cause some trouble."

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Yes, Jonathan Gilbert is the same name as the ancestor we saw in the series' last flashback installment. This is a different relative of Elena and Jeremy, but it's safe to assume he'll have the same issues with blood suckers as the original Jonathan.

The Vampire Diaries won't air a new episode until March 25. Sound off in our forum with your take on Anders joining the cast.

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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: 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.
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