'Vampire Diaries' casts 'Supernatural' star Sebastian Roche as mysterious vampire hunter -- EXCLUSIVE


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Sebastian Roche, whose character Balthazar was last seen stabbed by Castiel in the Supernatural season finale, has been booked as a recurring guest star on the new season of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries.

Executive producer Julie Plec tells EW Roche will play “a very mysterious man who appears to be hunting vampires, most specifically Klaus.” Mysterious indeed. As Plec explains, “For some reason, Klaus, who shouldn’t be afraid of anybody, seems to be concerned about this person.” The character was originally to be named Eric, but since the show is also introducing a character in season 3 named Bill (Heroes‘ Jack Coleman), the name of Roche’s character will be changing. “To protect from accidental True Blood comparisons,” Plec laughs. (For the record, on TVD, “Bill” will be a former Mystic Falls resident who returns to point out all the failings of the current Council’s attempts to keep vampires out-of-town.) 

Plec is vague about when we’ll meet Bill and He Who Shall Be Renamed, but expect them each to arrive sometime during the season’s first chapter (roughly the first nine episodes). If Roche’s character makes Klaus nervous, does that mean he’s the Big Bad? “He is big, and he is bad, but I would dare not say if he is the true Big Bad or not, trademark Joss Whedon,” Plec says. “If you’ve learned anything from the Whedonverse seasonal-structuring school like we have, then there might be some bigger and badder people coming [later].”

Roche has already made a splash on set. “He showed up for a costume fitting, and I got an email from the costume designer that all of the women in the costume fitting were flushed and atwitter because he’s a very charming, handsome man,” reports Plec, who’s a fan from his General Hospital days. “He’s a classically-trained theater actor, he is mysterious, he has an element of danger to him,” she adds. “We liked the idea of bringing an adult into our world that wasn’t one of our founding families. He’s just got a quality that is really exciting.”

The Vampire Diaries returns Sept. 15. Check out our gallery of behind-the-scenes shots of Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder filming the season 3 opener here!

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  • x files

    interesting haha good call not to go too overboard w/ the TB thing. :)

  • sunsetsnow81

    If you have seen him on GH or 24 you you know he’s going to be good. Great news!

    • shane

      agreed, he was a fantastic actor on GH, just watch the metro court hostage crisis for proof

      • gnilsia

        Loved him in Fringe too, great casting!

      • Fez

        Didn’t I see this guy in the last James Bond movie? if not, he looks just like him.

  • lisabeth

    Fantastic news! I watched him on General Hospital and on Supernatural.

  • Eden

    Loved him on General Hospital. I miss having Jerry Jacks on the show.

    • stacy

      Same here! well, so much for keeping Jasper Jax his brother having Jerry back would keep Jasper on the show…I dont think its going to happen with his storyline its terrible how they made his character…what a shame!
      I’m glad he’s acting on a show I watch but the future of the remaining soap left soon on ABC network GH is gonna fizz if we dont get some action here going on!
      Now having Jerry Jax along with Franco would be perfect….maybe it will happen actors have been known to act more than one show….sorry getting off the subject but GH is last of the surviving soaps on ABC….pretty soon

  • wg

    “If you’ve learned anything from the Whedonverse seasonal-structuring school like we have” – Okay, I like the producers of this show even more with that statement.

    • Erin

      Loved those references!

    • Liver

      I completely agree!


    Fantastic news! His knowledge of several languagues and his commanding presence is PERFECT for this type of role. Not to mention he makes “bad” look so darn good :)

  • lettergirl


  • Joe

    I know several people who consider VD their “guilty” pleasure, but I can unequivocally say that I feel no guilt in watching it. They excel at casting, the writing and acting is sharp and they wear their genre homages on their sleeve proudly. This show is awesome!

    • Pan

      Me too I feel ^No guilt either one my major favs.

    • Jose


    • Casey

      Agree. LOve love love TVD. Absolutley NO GUILT.

    • Sarah El

      Fully agreed!

    • tjj50

      Count me in, too! Initially it was a guilty pleasure, now it’s Must-See-TV!

    • sheilar88

      i agree! it’s my favorite show on tv by far!

  • megan

    I loved him in Fringe! Can’t wait to see him in TVD:)

  • brendalaura

    Great casting!!

  • Captain

    He was SOOOOO good as Jerry Jacks on General Hospital. I wanted him as Klaus so bad!

  • Jamie

    Just like Mark Sheppard, this guy shows up on almost every show I watch. And just like with Mark Sheppard, I don’t mind a bit.

    • Christine

      Speaking of, when the hell is Mark Sheppard gonna be on this damn thing?
      I’m think Father Original?

      • Christine


      • Jamie

        I know! You just aren’t a proper sci-fi/fantasy show unless Mark Sheppard has appeared at least once! XD He would make an AWESOME Father Original.

      • Megan V

        I would LOVE to see Mark Sheppard on TVD!!! I loved both him and Sebastian Roche on Supernatural, and am glad Sebastian is on my other favorite show!! :D
        PS- Someone should tweet Julie Plec and/or Kevin Williamson and tell them to cast Mark Sheppard as someone!! :)

    • tjj50

      Ah, Brilliant idea! Although Mark may be a bit young to be Father Original, but Julie DEFINITELY needs to bring him into TVD universe, STAT!

    • murley

      so true. mark sheppard is the tie that binds all my tv favorites together. he has to show up on tvd, it feels inevitable.

  • Misspriss_1

    I think that he will make a great addition to the cast!! Waiting, not so patiently for Season 3 to start!! Come on September, get here already!!

  • jax fan

    Loved him as Jerry Jacks on GH but he was wasted on Supernatural just like most of the good actors are.

  • Nic

    Love him! Only disappointed that this means he won’t be back on Supernatural.

    • Ava

      Me too! I absolutely adore him and was hoping he would be back on SPN but if not then I am thrilled to see him on TVD! Great casting and great addition!

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