Whew! That was a close one! We nearly lost Matt in The Vampire Diaries Season 3 finale. Luckily, the human is safe and sound, though Zach Roerig told us at The CW Upfront that his character will have a new role in Season 4.

No, he’s not turning into a vampire, too. But now that his girl Elena (Nina Dobrev) is sprouting some fangs, Matt will have a whole new set of problems to deal with.

Wetpaint Entertainment: What will Matt think of Stefan (Paul Wesley) saving him over Elena?
Zach Roerig: Matt’s main objective in the show is always to protect Elena, keep her safe, and be there as a main source of family for her. Being that she is a vampire now, Matt’s going to have accept that his role is to remind Elena what being human was truly like and what her life before was like.

Do you want Matt to stay human?
Absolutely. Our show has got a lot of different roles going on. We got vampires, werewolves, witches. Being a human is a very integral role on this show. It’s a sense of grounding, even for the fans, for Elena, for everyone. It keeps the show real.

Is it time for a new love interest for Matt?
At this point, I think it might convolute Matt’s purpose. I think right now Matt just needs to be there for Elena in whatever capacity she needs him. And that means romance [shouldn’t] deter him from that goal.