The Vampire Diaries is introducing yet another mystery man to the mix.
As Elena (Nina Dobrev) returns to college, she begins to look further into the death of her former roommate Meagan (Hayley Kiyoko) and why Professor Maxfield (Rick Cosnett) covered it up. She becomes more intrigued when she comes across Aaron (Shaun Sipos), another student who had a history with the unlucky college freshman. While their initial introduction doesn't answer Elena's questions, she eventually realizes the two are connected in ways she hadn't considered.
"Elena's hope was to go to college and start this new life but she soon learned that Mystic Falls isn't the only place overrun by vampires," Dobrev tells TVGuide.com. "When she meets Aaron ... they bond over a similar life and past and the grief and death they both had."
What's beneath Aaron's quiet and enigmatic exterior? "He is a very broken human being," Sipos says. "Elena is very intrigued by Aaron because they have a deep commonality. He's a good guy, he's just... really trying to find his way."
As for a potential romance between the two and the backlash he might face from Team Damon fans, Sipos has one thing to say: "Bring it on."
What do you think Aaron is hiding?
The Vampire Diaries airs on Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW.
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