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

Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.