One of the things we’re most looking forward to in Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries is Evil Stefan! OK, fine, technically it’s actually Evil Silas pretending to be Stefan, but it all works out to the same thing: getting to watch Paul Wesley (Stefan) unleash his acting dark side. Here are five reasons we love to watch Paul go evil.

Because we get to see those pearly whites

Let’s face it, Evil Stefan and/or Silas pretending to be Stefan just seem to have way more fun that Good Guy Stefan. Guilt is taxing, and it really drains the smiles out of Good Guy Stefan. When Paul is playing dark on TVD, he gets to do things like smile and laugh and look like he’s enjoying himself in every episode. Revolutionary.

Because Paul prefers it

Last year, Paul told TV Guide that, “as an actor, it’s just so much more enjoyable” to play the bad guy. Basically, he has a lot more fun playing evil than he does playing good and we can understand that. It often allows for emotions and actions that good guys never get to explore, as well as more variety from episode-to-episode (or even scene-to-scene). So, if Paul’s happy, we’re happy.

Because it impresses Klaus

Okay, so Klaus might not be around hanging around Mystic Falls this season, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be keeping tabs on his favorite Virginian small town (if only to make sure that Caroline is doing OK). And you just know he’s going to get a kick out of any kind of Evil Stefan character. What with everything going down on The Originals (i.e. Hayley pregnant with his child, power struggles with his ex-protege, Rebekah hogging the shower), he’s probably going to need something to cheer him up.

So we can see the end of this scene…

At the end of the TVD sizzle reel shown at Comic Con, we get a glimpse of Paul playing Silas. In the Mystic Falls town square, he delivers a speech on the musings of his vampiric powers as if he were Tony Robbins trying to inspire the crowd: “This summer, I have consumed an immeasurable amount of blood, and I have found myself getting stronger and stronger everyday. And I started to wonder, what are the limits to my powers? How many people can I influence? Two? Ten? An entire town square?” Then, we get a super fast montage of unrelated shots before seeing Ghost Bonnie screaming amidst the crowd gathered in said town square. We’d be lying if we didn’t admit we’re dying to see what happens next.

Because it changes the actors around him, too

Good Guy Stefan is such a pillar of moral strength to react to that it’s refreshing to see how Evil Stefan characters make the other characters in TVD change. The best part is always their surprise that Stefan is doing something less than noble, but it goes past that. When Stefan is being evil, it’s a lot easier for Damon to be good for him and Elena to be disturbed by him and Caroline to be hurt by him all reactions that don’t happen rarely when Stefan is being his boring old good guy self.

Are you looking forward to seeing Paul play evil again? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below!

Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries premieres on October 3 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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