Eureka’s Colin Ferguson has been cast as a recurring character in The Vampire Diaries' sixth season.

Colin Ferguson Cast As Tripp

Ferguson and The Vampire Diaries showrunner Julie Plec announced the news on Twitter, teasing fans with a bit of collaborative tweeting. Plec hinted that a new cast member would be announced in a tweet Monday, July 14, and dropped hints at the identity of the new character.

Ferguson confirmed his involvement, tweeting that he would be heading to Mystic Falls.

Ferguson will play Tripp, who leads a small community militia and “will do anything to protect his town.” According to Plec, Tripp will have a lot of tension with Marguerite MacIntyre’s Sheriff Forbes – the resident law enforcement and friend of the vamps.

Ferguson starred as Jack Carter in five seasons of SyFy’s Eureka from 2006-2012 and recently had an arc on SyFy’s Haven – so he is no stranger to the supernatural/science fiction genre. He may know the ropes, but fans and friends have apparently been quick to warn him to be careful with his new gig, as The Vampire Diaries has a habit of killing off guest stars, and series regulars for that matter.

“Classic! Everyone who knows the show is telling me I’m going to die. I think I packed too much,” Ferguson joked on Twitter following the announcement.

The Vampire Diaries has officially begun production on season 6, and Ferguson, who will make his first appearance as Tripp in the season 6 premiere, has already updated his followers on his first day on set.

“First day on Vampire Diaries and they are the nicest group of actors and crew,” Ferguson wrote on Wednesday, July 16.

Ferguson isn’t the only new face joining TVD in the fall. It was recently announced that Gabrielle Walsh has been cast as Sarah, a potential villain, who is described as having “spunk, street smarts and a shady agenda.”

The Vampire Diaries sixth season premiere will air Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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