‘The Vampire Diaries’ Season 8 Premiere Photos Preview The Beginning Of The End

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The first official stills for The Vampire Diaries season 8 premiere have arrived and they put an emphasis on the fact that we’ll be seeing a darker Damon when the series returnrs.

The last time we saw Damon (Ian Somerhalder), he and Enzo (Michael Malarkey) had found themselves trapped in the vault after Caroline and Alaric effectively tricked their twins into opening the Armory.

Unfortunately, whatever happened in there clearly had a massive effect on the friends because three months later when the vault opened again, we discovered that it was empty. Somehow, the duo had figured out a way to get out. The last we heard of Damon and Enzo, the vampires had high tailed it over to the West Coast where they were responsible for a massive killing spree that resulted in over 60 missing bodies.

If the new stills are anything to go by, Damon is definitely back to his old ways when it comes to luring unsuspecting prey in. There’s a great still of Enzo lying in the middle of the road playing dead that’ll look all too familiar to fans of the series. We’ve definitely seen Damon pull that trick before. There’s also a shot of what seems to be the aftermaths of that very same scene, this time with a concerned looking Stefan (Paul Wesley) making a phone call.

We’ll be interested to see just how long darker Damon is here to stay this time around. We’re banking on the fact that the brooding Salvatore brother won’t stay evil forever, but something tells us it’s going to take something big for him to turn a new leaf and come back to the light side.

Check out the rest of the stills from the eighth and final season of The Vampire Diaries below!

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The final season of The Vampire Diaries premieres Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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