Vampire Diaries execs didn't have to cut through any bloody red tape to cast David Anders as Elena and Jeremy's uncle, Jonathan Gilbert. "When we started talking about this role, I immediately thought, 'What about Sark from Alias?'" executive producer Julie Plec recalls. "We called his agent the next day and the day after that [the deal was] done."
It's fair to say Anders' arrival in Mystic Falls will be slightly more complicated. The Alias and Heroes alum makes his debut in the April 15 episode when it comes time for Elena and Jeremy to sell their father's doctor office. "He has to sign the escrow papers but he isn't quite ready to give the office up," explains fellow e.p., Kevin Williamson. "But like everyone else in town, he's there for something [else]. His intentions are not pure."