First Look: Damon and Elena in Fiery Vampire Diaries Finale

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Earlier this week, we offered some hints, guesses and Vampire Diaries season finale spoilers regarding the ominously-titled May 12 installment, "As I Lay Dying."

Today, we've got the first photo from the episode.

Will the long unspoken, increasingly obvious passion between Damon and Elena boil over?

Take a look at this fiery, just-released photo and tell us what you think is going on:

Damon and Elena Photo

In the finale, a Mystic Falls screening of Gone With the Wind leaves Damon struggling to keep memories of Katherine in 1864 separate from Elena's clear and present danger.

There's also the much-anticipated, long-dreaded sacrifice ritual, which means that many lives could be at stake. Will the second season of the CW hit end on a harrowing note?

According to TV Guide, the ritual's horrifying conclusion may be an event in which not even Salvatore Brothers will be able to save the day. Only three more weeks ...

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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