Samantha Highfill
January 15, 2016 AT 10:14 PM EST

So we know it’s only a matter of time until Kol returns to present-day New Orleans, but he isn’t the only person coming to town when The Originals returns for what’s left of its third season.

EW has learned that Matt Cedeño has been cast in the role of Cortez, a callous, smart, and manipulative vampire from the Mikaelsons’ past who comes to New Orleans seeking vengeance. So is he just another of the many Mikaelson enemies? Or could he have something to do with the prophecy? Crazy question: What are the odds he’s Kol’s first progeny? We’ll find out when Cortez first appears in episode 315.

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The Originals returns Friday, Jan. 29 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

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