Michael Malarkey Upped to Vampire Diaries Series Regular

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While we await word on the only piece of Vampire Diaries casting news fans really care about right now - is Ian Somerhalder coming back or not?!? - Julie Plec has confirmed that Enzo isn't going anywhere any time soon.

Actor Michael Malarkey will be a series regular on The Vampire Diaries Season 6.

Evil Enzo

He’s a wonderful addition to the team,” Plec tells EW, adding that Enzo will interact often with a returning Alarc and they won’t be “liking each other very much."

Indeed, Matt Davis has also been upped to series regular status again, following last night's season finale in which Alaric and Enzo both escaped from The Other Side prior to it falling apart.

Malarkey, meanwhile, debuted earlier this year as Damon's former cell neighbor and long-time friend, a troubled vampire who was experimented on for many years by The Augustine Society.

The star and the snarky character both quickly became major fan favorites.

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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.


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.