Well, there’s still a while to go before that happens, but in the meantime we can report that fans can expect to see seven new faces between the two shows in the upcoming season—and that’s just so far!
Who are these new members of the Vampire Diaries/Originals family you ask? Here they are, as reported by Entertainment Weekly:
New to the The Originals:
Lawrence Kao (from The Walking Dead).
Lawrence Kao will play Van, a handsome, stubborn witch who has always stayed out of coven politics. But when tragedy strikes, he finds himself inescapably drawn into the beginnings of a way.
Kao will recur starting in episode 2.
Oliver Ackland (from Satisfaction).
Oliver Ackland will play Tristan, a handsome and mysterious vampire who has a long and complicated history with the Originals. Both charming and worldly, a man born into such wealth and power that he carries with him the cool assurance of his own superiority. With those he loves, he can be equal parts warm and caring, obsessive and co-dependent. But with his enemies, he is cruel and completely merciless. Ackland will recur starting in episode 2.
Rebecca Breeds (from Pretty Little Liars).
Rebecca Breeds will play Aurora, a beautiful vampire who is, at times, sexy, seductive, witty and free-spirited. She’s the life of the party. But she can also be malevolent, dangerous and extremely violent. In her lightest moments, she’s the flame that draws men to her like moths; in her darkest, she’ll kill those same men without a second thought. Breeds will recur starting in the season premiere.
New to The Vampire Diaries:
Justice Leak (from Powers).
Justice Leak will play Malcolm the clean-cut eldest heretic who doesn’t like being told no. Within his small family he’s a golden child. But when he’s alone, he has the sneering, aloof air of somebody who’s been alive a very long time—with no fear of death. Leak will first appear in the premiere.
Jaiden Kaine (from Zoo).
Jaiden Kaine will play Beau, a scary, solemn and dangerous man. He’s the strong, silent type, but not by choice—his vocal cords have been slashed, his throat forever scarred. But what he lacks in words, he makes up for in presence, with supernatural powers to match and an unbreakable loyalty to his heretic family. Kaine will first appear in the premiere.
Tim Kang (from The Mentalist).
Tim Kang will play Oscar, a laid back stoner who’s been living the high life off the grids for months, hiding a surprising connection to the Salvatores. But Oscar’s Zen lifestyle comes to a screeching halt when supernatural intervention turns him into a feral killer.
Todd Lasance (from Home and Away).
Todd Lasance will play Julian, who is a feared and storied immortal with a reputation for excelling in earthly pleasures. Julian is pure charisma or pure creep, depending on whom you ask. The one thing he fears is anonymity, an unlikely outcome given that he’s perpetually on the run, leaving chaos in his wake, and attracting even more dangerous followers.
So far so good! Love the little glimpses of new storyline in there too!