When "The Vampire Diaries" premieres on Oct 2, Mystic Falls will see a new character, Tripp, who is described as a handsome, strong and disciplined militia head, who is expected to give Sheriff Forbes a run for her money.
Colin Ferguson has been cast in the role of Tripp, who is said to have a significant role in season six.
Tripp is said to be someone who is a surrogate father to his young trainees, and he is someone who will do anything to protect his town, reports indicate.
Interestingly, fans of the vampire drama are already predicting Tripp's death, with a number of them tweeting that his death is a given, as no one stays live too long in "The Vampire Diaries."
Ferguson, too, joked about his character's death on his Twitter account.
Hmmm.... Seem to have 'tripped' my way into a new role... Mystic Falls, hunh? This is gonna be fun :)
— Colin Ferguson (@colinferg) July 14, 2014
Classic! Everyone who knows the show is telling me I'm going to die. I think I packed too much... — Colin Ferguson (@colinferg) July 14, 2014
Besides Tripp, another person who will be giving grief to the vampires is Sarah, a shady character that will be portrayed by actress Gabrielle Walsh.
Season five ended with the obliteration of the Other Side with Damon and Bonnie trapped in it, and season six will pick up following a substantial time jump, executive producer Julie Plec said, adding that everyone gets to starts over.
"There's a substantial time jump, which we're excited about," Plec told TVGuide. "It gives us the opportunity to find these people again with enough time having passed that the grief has settled into a reality that is making them either actively move forward with their lives, spiral to a different place or make really bold and rash decisions in how they're going to live their lives without these people in them."
Regarding the plot, Plec hinted that it will be about vampires living in secret and people coming out to get them.
"We're trying to take the show away from the massive genre extravaganza, where each season we try to top each other with the bigger, bad, more exciting mythologies and boil it back down to the beginning, which is tension, suspense, romance, psychological horror, simple horror, vampires living in secret, people discovering their secret and coming after them," Plec explained to The Hollywood Reporter.