Exclusive: The Vampire Diaries Taps Greek Alum, HIMYM Actress for Season 5

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Olga Fonda, Kendrick Sampson | Photo Credits: Jason Merritt/Getty Images, Kendrick Sampson
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Olga Fonda, Kendrick Sampson | Photo Credits: Jason Merritt/Getty Images, Kendrick Sampson

Even though some of our favorite vampires are heading to The Originals, there will be plenty of new faces on The Vampire Diaries in Season 5.

Kendrick Sampson (Greek's Woodchuck) and Olga Fonda (HIMYM, Nikita) have been tapped to recur on the upcoming season, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.

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Sampson will play Jesse, a fellow student who Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Carolina (Candice Accola) meet on their first at Whitmore College. As we first reported in Mega Buzz, Jesse will catch Caroline's eye. Meanwhile, Russian-born Fonda will play a mysterious European beauty who follows Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Matt (Zach Roerig) back to Mystic Falls. Both characters will first appear in the season premiere.

The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, Oct. 10 at 8/7c on The CW.

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