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Vampire Diaries First Look: Who Will Save Elena in the Winter Premiere?

Elena is desperate to escape Kai’s clutches when The Vampire Diaries returns Jan. 22 (The CW, 8/7c) — but to whom will she turn for help?

OK, confession: We don’t actually know who Elena is (or isn’t) speaking to in this exclusive first-look photo, but we do know quite a bit about the second half of Season 6. Here’s a li’l rundown of what you can expect from the rest of the Vampire Diaries crew in 2015:

* As Caroline attempts to find a supernatural cure for Sheriff Forbes’ cancer, Stefan will attempt to rebuild his shattered relationship with the former Miss Mystic Falls.

* While Bonnie fights to return to the present — she will be back with a “badass” new attitude — Jeremy will make several major life changes, including applying to art school.

* Annie Wersching (24) will join the cast as a “strong, beautiful” woman named Lily.

* Lastly, there there will be a Gemini merger, which means Jo, Kai, Luke and Liv are all in pretty serious danger of not existing anymore. (Is it bad that we’d save Kai first?)

Browse exclusive photos from other returning favorites below, then drop a comment with your hopes for TVD in 2015.