'The Vampire Diaries': Robert Ri'chard cast as Bonnie's new love interest

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tvd-bonnie-love-triangle-robert-richard.jpgBonnie ( Kat Graham) may currently be nursing a broken heart on "The Vampire Diaries," but when the show returns this winter she'll have a new love interest to, hopefully, take her mind off Jeremy and that time he was unfaithful to her with his ghost ex-girlfriend.

Mystic Falls is weird, you guys.

As first reported by E!, Robert Ri'chard will play Jamie, a new hottie in town who catches Bonnie's eye, and has a surprising connection to her mother, Abby ( Persia White). Don't worry... we're hearing there's no love connection there. This isn't "90210."

We're hoping Jamie doesn't turn out to be a witch, but given Mystic Falls' history, the "new hottie in town" always spells trouble. If you ask us, it's about time Bonnie gets a story of her own and some fleshed-out history, so we're glad to hear that she's going to have family trouble and new romance prospects all at once.

Of course, we can't help but wonder how Jeremy ( Steven R. McQueen) will feel about Jamie. After all, men with their eye on our resident witch haven't tended toward being trustworthy, upstanding citizens. He doesn't have much room to be jealous, of course, given his recent conduct.

Ri'chard is familiar to CW audiences from a recurring arc during the "Veronica Mars" college year, but we love him best as the guy who hooked up with Paris Hilton in "House of Wax." Before her tragic death-by-pipe-through-the-brain. Hate when that happens.

Any guesses as to how long Jamie will last in Mystic Falls before getting lit on fire, mauled to death, and/or violently separated from his heart? Hit up the comments below with your thoughts on the newest man in Bonnie's life.
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