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Vampire Diaries Photos: Damon's Out for Blood in Final Season Premiere

The first batch of photos from The Vampire Diaries‘ final season has arrived — and there’s nary a smile to be seen.

Then again, I can’t say I’m surprised. Last season ended with Damon and Enzo turning evil, Caroline letting Alaric down gently, Matt leaving town and Bonnie losing her magic. So aside from the shining beacon of hope that is “Steroline,” the Mystic Falls gang doesn’t have much to be thankful for heading into Season 8.

Aside from the usual suspects, these new photos also give us our first look at Caroline and Alaric’s new nanny Seline, played by Containment’s Kristen Gutoskie.

“Alaric hasn’t had the best luck with women,” executive producer Julie Plec recently told TVLine. “I don’t know if he should be jumping into anything anytime soon, but if he does, the hot nanny would certainly be viable.”

The Vampire Diaries kicks off its final season on Friday, Oct. 21 at 8/7c.

Click through our gallery of first-look photos from the premiere, then drop a comment with your hopes for TVD’s final season.