The Vampire Diaries is one of TV's most daring, inventive and well-paced shows -- but throughout all the death, destruction and genre-redefining twists, it's been the central relationship between Damon, Elena and Stefan that has kept fans ravenous for more.
But all bets are truly off as the three are forced to redefine, re-evaluate and rethink their relationship now that Elena has been turned into a vampire.
And as you can see in a new photo, exclusive to TheInsider.com, things are quite grave in season four! They're also painfully pretty as Paul Wesley, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder sport killer couture worthy of an Original Ball in this brand new "family" portrait!
As for what the future holds now that Elena is "of the night," executive producer Julie Plec teases, "All these things that she's experienced with Damon and with Stefan will have different context for her as she's becoming this new person. This circumstance, which is pretty horrific, is going to make them all care about each other even more deeply and argue even more intensely and fracture even more greatly and love as deeply as possible."
And since I love you guys, and know this single shot could never suffice, I've also broken out close-up shots of Paul, Nina and Ian. So click here for more!
The Vampire Diaries premieres October 11 at 8 p.m. on The CW.