Ian Somerhalder Promises A Darker, Sexier Season Of ‘The Vampire Diaries’

Warning: This article may contain spoilers for The Vampire Diaries.

Remember the first seasons of The Vampire Diaries, when Damon was a real heartless S.O.B. and brotherly love was the last thing on Stefan’s mind? Yes, the good old days. The days before Nina Dobrev’s Elena had tamed the Salvatore brothers like a couple of pet pit bulls. Well, now that Ms. Dobrev is gone, Ian Somerhalder is promising a return to those darker themes, when The Vampire Diaries returns with season 7.

That’s not to say we all don’t miss Nina Dobrev — of course we do — but we also miss the days of a darker Damon, a more volatile vampire. Ian Somerhalder is promising to fulfill those wishes when The Vampire Diaries returns with the new season.

“Stuff that we all fall in love with,” vowed Somerhalder. “Season 1, Season 2 of the show were so dark. It was awsome!”

Getting back into that frame of mind was more fun for Somerhalder than he might have imagined. Ian joined his Vampire Diaries co-star and on-screen brother Paul Wesley in rewatching some of those early episodes of The Vampire Diaries.

“I was watching the one where Damon turns Vicki and they’re dancing around in their underwear and we turned to each other and said, ‘Holy sh**, man. This is happening. This is real.’ That was an amazing piece of television. I want to get back to that!”

This should be good news for the ladies out there that spend every Thursday night hoping for Damon Salvatore to pull that black T-shirt off. Somerhalder promises more of that darker sexiness that really drove the earlier episodes of The Vampire Diaries.

About the premiere… The Vampire Diaries executive producer Caroline Dries wants TVD fans to remember the final scene in the season finale. She says, most importantly, to remember how desolate and destroyed Mystic Falls looked with boarded up windows and garbage strewn everywhere. There is obviously a time jump, when The Vampire Diaries picks back up, but what has happened? Have we missed something?

“We are keeping it all a mystery for now. It will be covered in the premiere. Those questions will all be answered in the premiere.”

Ms. Dries reiterates much of what Ian Somerhalder has promised about the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries, reinforcing the idea of a darker, sexier season.

“We’re not going to do a ton of “grieving,” besides Alaric who is grieving the loss of his future family. But Elena left on great terms with everyone and I think inspired them with her goodbyes. If anything, they’re empowered by what she said and less grieving. They also feel freedom to have life after her. She granted them that.”

Caroline Dries did drop one more big spoiler for the new season of The Vampire Diaries in her interview with E! Online, reminding everyone that the threat that sent Elena Gilbert into that mystical hibernation has still not passed.

“At the helm of the heretics is Lily Salvatore, who is incredibly frightening because she has the ability to manipulate her sons. The conflict of season seven will become the Salvatore brothers vs. their mom and her family of heretics. It’s going to be two warring factions pitted against each other.”

The Vampire Diaries will return in October on the CW network.

[Featured image Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley courtesy of Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for PCA]