“The Vampire Diaries” sure does love to kill characters off, and they’ll continue that tradition as Elena and Caroline move onto college. Fans of the CW series have already learned that the show will be introducing new characters at Whitmore College -- and now we know that one of them won’t make it far into the school year.

E! Online is reporting that the two college freshmen from Mystic Falls will “experience the death of one of their fellow freshman when they hit college come October.” But the death won’t exactly leave them reaching for tissues for long. The site continues that the mourning of one of their classmates will lead one of the gals to “meet a possible new love interest.”

Who is this love interest, you may ask? His name is Aaron, and he’s described as a “handsome co-ed who may have a connection to the dearly departed.” What this connection is (and if its supernatural) currently a mystery!

Aaron kind of sounds similar to a new character named Jesse that TV Line reported on in early July. Jesse, an upperclassman at Whitmore College, is said to be “hot, smart, confident and disarmingly sweet.” Like Aaron, Jesse is also said to be a potential love interest for someone – Caroline. The catch is that while he’ll catch her eye, he’s not exactly vampire friendly. While it’s not confirmed, it’s possible that Jesse could have been renamed Aaron. If not it sounds like Caroline (definitely not Elena) will really be taking advantage of the boys at college, and leaving both Tyler and Klaus in the dust!

Jesse (and possibly Aaron) will be played by “Greek” star Kendrick Sampson. “The Vampire Diaries” will also be introducing actors Olga Fonda and Janina Gavankar. Fonda, who had minor roles on “Nip Tuck” and “How I Met Your Mother,” will be playing a “mysterious European beauty who follows Rebekah and Matt back to Mystic Falls.” Matt’s Zach Roerig revealed at a “Vampire Diaries” convention in New Jersey that his character will be getting hot and heavy with Fonda’s character … so hot and heavy that he teased that she end up in bed with Matt AND Rebekah. As for “True Blood” star Janina Gavankar, she’ll be joining the “Vampire Diaries” cast as Tessa, “a beautiful, exotic and self-assured woman who comes to Mystic Falls to rekindle an old flame.”

“The Vampire Diaries” returns to the CW for its fifth season on Thursday, Oct. 3. What do you think of the latest scoop? Let us know in the comments section.