By Mandi Bierly
Updated October 20, 2011 at 05:00 PM EDT
Steven R McQueen
Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CW

SPOILER ALERT: Fans hoping tonight to see more of Katherine and Jeremy together in Charlotte where they found Mikael, the vampire who hunts vampires (namely Klaus), won’t get their wish. “It’s the first day back at school, and I’m back. I think Katherine’s still in that cave,” Steven R. McQueen says. The good news: We’ll finally start getting some answers as to why he — and now Matt, apparently — can see ghosts and what ghost Vicki is after. “Jeremy’s got ties to reality, Bonnie and his family, and now he’s got ties to people in his past, and they start to clash and wear on each other. It’s kind of ghost world versus reality, and Jeremy’s stuck making choices,” he says. “This episode, you kind of figure out why this connection to the spiritual world is getting stronger. That is all revealed. Things are just gonna get more and more heated in these next couple of episodes.” Translation: There’ll still be plenty for us to learn next week.

With that being all he could tease about the show’s plot, we were stuck asking two very important questions. Does he already have a Halloween costume picked out? “I don’t. Everyone’s been hounding me to kind of get on that,” he laughs. “They’re doing EyeCon [a Vampire Diaries fan convention from Oct. 28 – Oct. 30] up here. That will take up most of my days, and then I’m sure I’ll try to find a Halloween party or two.” Will we be seeing Jeremy working out after hours in the school gym like we now know Matt does? “Hey, let’s hope so,” he says. “We’ve got great writers, and they write good story lines for us. If they ask me to do a couple push-ups here and there, then I guess I’ll just have to do that.”

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