Though the Vampire Diaries characters won’t graduate until closer to the end of Season 4, college will start sooner for one Mystic Falls member. As Zap2It previously reported, Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham) will have some interactions with a teacher from an unnamed college, and according to TV Guide, the role has been cast.
David Alpay (The Borgias, The Tudors) is joining the cast as Professor Shane, an occult-fanatic with ties to the Bennett family. EP Julie Plec told The Hollywood Reporter back in July, “Bonnie’s going to find a new mentor in a professor at the local university, where her grandmother used to teach. For Bonnie, who has been absent with any good mentor figure, she’s going to connect with this guy. He’s going to be very, very, very, very brilliant and well-versed in the world of the supernatural.”
If the professor is so interested in the occult, he could be helping Bonnie unlock some darker magic. Just because he’s a mentor, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’s Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer…
Source: TV Guide