Heading into The Vampire Diaries‘ eighth and final season, fans don’t know what to expect when they return to Mystic Falls. Aside from the fact that there’s a scary new villain who has taken over Damon and Enzo’s minds, much of the season remains a mystery.
And today, we hand you one more piece of the puzzle: EW can exclusively reveal that Joel Gretsch has been cast in the role of Peter Maxwell. Peter is described as “a blue-collar guy who abandoned his family a long time ago. He is shocked when his grown son walks back into his life to reconnect — and to drag Peter into a world of supernatural dangers.”
The question is: Is his son someone we know? And could his name be Matt Donovan?
Gretsch will first appear in episode 4 and is set to recur.
The Vampire Diaries returns for its final season on Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.