On its sixth season, The CW’s popular drama “Vampire Diaries” is set to debut a new, prominent gay character. Chris Brochu will star as Luke, a gay student at Whitmore College, who befriends Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Caroline (Candice Accola). But, to no one’s surprise, it seems he’ll have an ulterior motive or two.
According to E!, viewers will eventually learn that Luke “has come into the girls’ lives for mysterious and dangerous reasons that has to do with the growing tension between the witches and the travelers.”
Back in 2010, Towelroad reported that the supernatural series’ openly gay co-creator, Kevin Williamson, had wanted a gay character for the show since the beginning, but wanted to avoid the cliché of the typical teen coming out story.
“I want someone to come in and have a reason and a purpose and really push that story forward the way I want to do it,” he said, “and they’re so important to the story that without them the show won’t happen. That’s what I want.”
Brochu is set to make his first appearance on the sixteenth episode of the sixth and current season.
“So blessed and thankful to be a part of #TVD (The Vampire Diaries) with a role I truly love and can’t wait for you all to meet,” Brochu tweeted on February 19. Excited about his new gig on the hit show, which debuted on the CW in September 2009, he tweeted again shortly after: “Feeling #TVD love…I could get used to all you crazy cats.”
“The Vampire Diaries” airs on Thursdays at 8pm EST.