With Season 5 boasting The Vampire Diaries' biggest cliffhanger to date — and yes, I'm counting the time that Elena (Nina Dobrev) was turned into a vampire — fans have spent every single day of this summer hiatus wondering what the show will look like now that Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) are trapped on "the other side."
And while everyone is hoping for a passionate reunion between Damon and Elena, BuzzFeed's exclusive poster for Season 6 (premiering Oct. 2) shows the duo being quite literally pulled even further away from one another.
But that's not the only clue to the new season hidden within this stunning poster, inspired by Karl Pavlovich Brioullov's "The Last Day of Pompeii" and created by Brian Hunt, The CW's senior art director. Let's break it all down.
Love will tear them apart
Our star-crossed lovers are positioned at opposite ends of the poster as Bonnie pulls Damon even further from Elena, who is in turn being lured to the right by Stefan (Paul Wesley). And what to make of Enzo (Michael Malarkey), who is literally between Elena and Stefan?
Will Damon's former bestie be what forever drives Elena and the Salvatore brothers apart?
The lone wolf
Under a looming moon, Tyler (Michael Trevino) looks to be entering the beginning stages of a werewolf shift. He's spent years learning to sublimate his feral side, but perhaps this will be the year he embraces the call of nature and finally goes wild.
Both clocks in the towers bookending the image appear to be set to 7:01. One of the greatest vampire TV shows of all time — Buffy the Vampire Slayer — spent much of its fourth season tipping its hat to a major development in Season 5: the arrival of The Key, Dawn (Michelle Trachtenberg). I don't know about you, but I'm hoping this isn't sly foreshadowing that "time's up" for someone in Season 7!
The Vampire Diaries premieres Oct. 2 at 8 p.m on The CW.
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Dawn arrived in the fourth season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Thanks to @oywithepoodles for pointing that out!