Vampire Diaries Winter Premiere Photos: Kai Puts Elena Through Hell

Vampire Diaries Spoilers

Try as she might to wiggle free, Elena is still very much in Kai’s clutches in this new batch of photos from The Vampire Diaries‘ Jan. 22 winter premiere (The CW, 8/7c).

TVLine recently spoke with TVD executive producer Julie Plec who explained what it’ll take for us to get (much) more of Kai moving forward:

“You have to take stock: Is there more that I can do with this character outside of his run as this year’s villain?” Plec explained. “If so, you have to come up with the right way to do it, and if not, you have to let the heroes get the win over the villain. Every day, we talk about Kai, and we debate it. It’s an ongoing conversation.”

The new batch of photos also includes a few shots of Stefan’s upcoming confrontation with Enzo — their game of Tug o’ Sarah Salvatore is about to get ugly — as well as a puzzling photo of Alaric and Jo at the Salvatore mansion, where he and Liv are preparing her for the merger.

What do these new photos mean to you, TVD faithful? Browse the gallery below, then drop a comment with your thoughts and theories.

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  1. Riana says:

    This would be pretty awkward if the rumors of the two of them dating were true.

  2. Guest says:

    And the hell he put Bonnie though?! Where is Bonnie??? When will she be back?

  3. gypsy says:

    Elena kidnapped and tortured… insert eye roll here! She is useless!

  4. Tamara says:

    Elena is kidnapped and needs to be rescued? So original. Girl is a vampire but can even rescue herself. She still needs to be rescued. She is still the same damsel in the distress.

  5. yikes says:

    Someone is kidnapped and tortured every other episode. The show has run out of ideas. Maybe next ep they will throw a party!

  6. Jake says:

    Yep, this show needs to be axed. LAME LAME LAME…Poor Elena…hasn’t that been the theme for the past few seasons?

  7. wrstlgirl says:

    I cut the cord. Deleted this from my DVR series recordings last night. Should have been done a long time ago :-)

  8. Jasmond says:

    Elena is so careless with her surroundings

  9. Jessica says:

    I’m so over Elena already. I hope Kai just kills her.

  10. Gwen says:

    Kai really does not know how to treat a lady

  11. Cv says: