Vampire Diaries Sneak Peek: Damon and Elena Share a Moment! Plus, Bromances Back in Bloom

The wait for a new episode of The Vampire Diaries is almost over, and as you can see in this new photo gallery, Stefan’s absence in the Jan. 5th installment will lead Damon and Elena to grow even closer.

As executive producer Julie Plec previously teased to TVLine, the pair will be “very, very, very angry at Stefan.” But that doesn’t mean they can’t find some heated alone time together, right? After all, they’ll be “fraught with sexual and romantic tension” while Stefan is MIA.

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Damon and Elena aren’t the only twosome working together. Damon and Alaric’s bromance is still growing strong, and it appears Tyler and Jeremy have renewed their short friendship too. But not everyone’s chummy: Stefan and Tyler both have confrontations with Klaus in the second episode back, “Our Town,” airing Jan. 12.

Check out the gallery below, which also includes “Our Town” sneak peeks of TVD star Paul Wesley’s wife and One Tree Hill alum Torrey DeVitto as Alaric’s new love interest, Caroline’s unconventional 18th birthday, and Damon and Sheriff Forbes back at work.