We were getting pretty exhausted of the (human) boys in Mystic Falls — let’s get real, it’s pretty much just Matt Donovan (Zach Roerig) now — so when Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) and Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola) dive into a new pool of boys at Whitmore College in Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries, it’s going to be amazing!

Don’t get too excited, though. For one hot Whitmore stud, it seems there’s just friendship in his future — and with none other than the show’s protagonist Elena. We’re talking about Aaron (Shaun Sipos), who is a male student at Whitmore with a tragic past.

“Though it is just a friendship, it’s one of those deep friendships that could be seen as threatening to boyfriends,” executive producer Julie Plec tells Entertainment Weekly. Uh-oh!ould this friendship cause some problems in Elena’s relationship with epic love Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder)?

“We thought it would be a really great opportunity to bring a new person into Elena’s life who would legitimately be somebody who could fill a void of a lot of the friends and relatives she’s lost over the years, somebody that really gets her in addition to her Salvatore boyfriend,” Julie continues.

So it seems we have a BFF alert on our hands. Maybe for once Elena can not date a boy in her life. Seriously, she’s been with every guy on the show! Finally, a platonic friendship for us to root for on TVD.

Are you excited about Nina’s new best friend? Hit the comments and let us know what you think about Aaron!

Season 5 of The Vampire Diaries premieres on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. on The CW.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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