Credit: Kendrick Sampson on Instagram Photo: Kendrick Sampson and Olga Fonda Hanging Out

We’re so excited about Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries, but what has us even more excited than seeing our favorite characters — i.e. Damon Salvatore and Elena Gilbert — are the fresh faces joining the cast this year.

When we saw this adorable photo of Kendrick Sampson and Olga Fonda hanging out, we were super excited, and it made us remember that both of their characters — Jesse and Nadia, respectively — are going to have amazing arcs this season.

College is unchartered territory for our Mystic Falls friends, but Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Caroline (Candice Accola) will be swimming in a pool of boys this year when they venture off to Whitmore College this fall. Jesse is a guy who could potentially have romantic interest in Caroline (sorry, Tyler!). But the bad news is that he doesn’t like vamps. Natch.

Nadia, on the other hand, is definitely going to be having a fling with one of our favorite characters. Our all-American boy Matt (Zach Roerig) and sexy vamp Rebekah (Claire Holt) will be getting down and dirty with Nadia in Prague — even getting into a little ménage à trois with the summer backpackers.

It’s good to know that the actors themselves are friends — even though their story arcs don’t look like they’ll cross very much.

Are you excited about Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries? Hit the comments and dish about these new characters!