'The Vampire Diaries' casts Rick Cosnett as Elena and Caroline's mysterious professor

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College won't be easy for Mystic Falls grads Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Caroline (Candice Accola) come fall on "The Vampire Diaries."

We already know that death is following the new college freshmen to Whitmore College, and it looks like class will be as drama-filled as their social lives. Rick Cosnett has been cast as the mysterious and possibly villainous Dr. Wes Maxfield, EW reports. 

A brilliant biology professor at Whitmore College, Dr. Maxfield "makes fast enemies" with his students Caroline and Elena. And when Caroline and Elena begin to think that their professor is "hiding a dark and dangerous secret," you know the vamps will stop at nothing to uncover what the possibly evil faculty member is hiding. 

And hey, though he might be hiding a dark secret and won't be making Elena and Caroline's educational lives easy, it certainly doesn't hurt that he's easy on the eyes. Silver lining?

"The Vampire Diaries" Season 5 premieres Thursday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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