02/20/2014 10:05 am ET Updated Feb 20, 2014

'The Vampire Diaries' Casts Its First Gay Lead Character

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It's a first for "The Vampire Diaries."

After five seasons, The CW supernatural series is getting a prominent gay character, according to E! Online.

Chris Brochu joins the cast as Luke, a gay student at Whitmore college, who befriends Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Caroline (Candice Accola), but also has a "secret agenda."

E! reports that 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."

Sounds about right for "Vampire Diaries."

Also, Towleroad reports that Kevin Williamson, the openly gay co-creator of "The Vampire Diaries" has wanted a gay character on the show for years, but didn't want it to be your typical teen drama coming out story:

"It's one of those things that needs to feel organic and seamless. I don't want it to be a character that comes in and is a one-off," said Williamson. "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, and they're so important to the story that without them the show won't happen. That's what I want."

Brochu will make his first appearance as Luke in episode 16 of this season.

"The Vampire Diaries" airs Thurs. at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.

Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Luke is "Vampire Diaries" first gay character, when in fact if is the first recurring gay character since another gay character, Bill Forbes appeared in Season 3.



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