The Vampire Diaries is getting surprisingly meta in its final season.
“This is the beginning of the end,” a crazy-eyed Damon tells Stefan in the first official promo for the CW drama’s last hurrah. “I’ve seen how this ends. Humanity can’t save me from it. Once the devil comes a-callin’, you’re done.”
Stefan asks the million-dollar question (“What was in that vault?”), but we don’t get an answer. We do, however, get a quick shot of Stefan and Caroline getting down to business — a brief moment of happiness amidst a whole lot of bloody chaos.
“This dark turn is different [from previous ones] because of the reason why Damon is dark, and how he feels about where he is in his life,” executive producer Julie Plec tells TVLine. “This isn’t the Damon who’s in it for the thrill and the wicked perverse pleasure; he’s doing this for a reason.”
The Vampire Diaries returns Friday, Oct. 21 at 8/7c.
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