The long-running CW drama The Vampire Diaries will be adding a new character this season–the show’s first gay regular.
According to E!, the new character Luke is “a new hottie is enrolling at Whitmore after winter break! And he’ll be spending time with Caroline! Except he’s so not into her in that way as Luke, handsome and sarcastic, is gay.”
E! also reports that Luke has a sister that goes to Whitmore, and he will “do (or sacrifice) anything to protect” her.
The addition isn’t a surprise given current television trends. A report earlier this year from GLAAD found that the 2012-13 TV season had a record number of LGBT characters.
The Vampire Diaries, co-developed by openly gay screenwriter Kevin Williamson, is based on L.J. Smith’s book series of the same name. The show follows a mortal woman (Nina Dobrev) who falls for a vampire (Paul Wesley) in a fictional VA town.