'The Vampire Diaries' Season 6: Julie Plec reveals Matt's upcoming 'internal conflict'

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the-vampire-diaries-season-6-matt.jpg In light of all the new casting additions for "The Vampire Diaries" Season 6, Zap2it went straight to the "TVD" mastermind herself, executive producer Julie Plec, to get all the details on one very important new character: Tripp, played by 'Eureka' star Colin Ferguson. Spoiler alert: His presence means big things are coming for Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig).

So what did Plec have to say about this new character? 

"Matt Donovan's never really had a real father figure on the show and we've had this basic idea of really wanting a man in Mystic Falls that Matt can look up to," Plec tells Zap2it. "Now that all the supernatural creatures are stuck outside of Mystic Falls, who are these people that are still living there? This man is running the community protection services, and he's just trying to teach these young, 18-, 19-, 20-year old guys how they can make something of themselves. It's nice to see Matt having somebody he can bond with and connect to as he's kind of the last man standing in a weird way in Mystic Falls."

For fans who have already started speculating on whether or not Tripp is a new villain, Plec warns that it's too early to judge him as a character.

"Tripp's status as a villain or not a villain is not conclusive at this time," Plec teases. "Tripp's history is a bit of a mystery but whether he's a villain or not is not something that is clear. For Matt, I think it's more about, 'How important is this town to me? How important is this idea of the town being a safe haven for humans to me? And what happens if or when the magic comes back and the supernaturals are allowed back in? Even though they're my friends, what will they bring with them?' Down the road, he'll have a little bit of a conflict internally in how to deal with that."

If that sounds like Matt might find himself going up against his supernatural friends in order to protect the town, don't worry: You're not alone. But Plec assures us that Matt's internal conflict won't drive a wedge between Matt and his friends.

"I don't think it's a wedge, because I think it's honestly a fair point of view for Matt," Plec says. "I don't know if he would tackle the guy trying to burst the bubble, the magic bubble, or if he would just be really bummed if it happened. I don't know yet exactly where Matt draws the line in the sand there, because he's early in his journey and he's just finally coming in to his own and finding his role as the community protector. The question will be, how much of a protector will he ultimately have to be?"

And what about Jeremy, another human left standing in magic-free Mystic Falls? Plec reveals that the younger Gilbert won't be dealing with his girlfriend Bonnie's death very well.

"The Jeremy that we're going to see is going to be a little reminiscent of Jeremy in Season 1 that we first met," Plec says. "He has just been hit with a brick wall of grief, in a way that he will eventually admit is really not cool. Being told by your girlfriend over the phone that she's not going to make it through the night when she's been lying to you all along, that's hardcore emotional stuff to deal with. He's not going to take it very well. We're going to have to try to figure out how to get Jeremy back to his senses a bit, even though he's kind of legitimate in his anger."

"The Vampire Diaries" Season 6 premieres Thursday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
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