‘The Vampire Diaries’: first season three photo revealed

It’s the first photo…

When “The Vampire Diaries” returns on September 15 with all-new episodes, the name of the game is very much going to be birthdays — in particular a celebration for Elena.

The episode is going to be entitled “The Birthday,” and after a time-jump of a few months from the end of last season the story is going to focus very much on Elena trying to celebrate her transition into adulthood. Unfortunately for her, she is going to have to do it without Stefan by her side … and with her brother Jeremy talking to the ghosts of his ex-girlsfriends.

When it comes to some specific plot hints, we turn to series star Ian Somerhalder — who chooses to offer up this in the way of details (per Zap2It):

“She refuses to let him buy her anything, so he doesn’t technically give her anything for her birthday. But he came across something that she really, really, really wanted and needed, and he did what he had to do to get it for her. She thinks that he stole it, or that he found it. It’s a very beautiful moment between them. It’s a really sweet, quiet moment.”

As for whether or not this “moment” leads to romance, don’t get your hopes up entirely — after all, Stefan and Elena do still love each other, even if she is struggling with some feelings for Damon creeping in.

The first photo from this coming season above features Elena and Damon with Alaric — who is really the closest thing to a parental figure on the show now.

Photo: The CW

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