The Vampire Diaries First Look: Gina Torres as Bree

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When The Vampire Diaries (finally!) returns with a new episode on January 21, most fans will have one concern:

Is Elena okay?!?

When we last left this angst-ridden character, after all, she was stuck in a crashed vehicle, with some sort of creature making his way toward her.

Still, it's safe to assume that Elena makes it out of this situation alive for two reasons: she's a main character on the show and (spoiler alert!) she's featured in a couple photos below.

On the upcoming installment, "Bloodlines," Elena and Damon meet Bree, a Mystic Falls bartender played by Gina Torres. As you might expect, this character will turn out to be more than a mere drink maker.

Also featured on the episode: Jeremy yearns to learn more about his family's history...

Gina Torres on The Vampire Diaries
Listening Up
In the Library
New History Buff

Torres is one of a number of recurring guest stars coming aboard The Vampire Diaries in 2010. She'll be joined on the show by:

Which of these actors/actresses are you most excited about?

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.

Damon