New Vampire Diaries Photos: Welcome to New Orleans!

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The big episode in The Big Easy is almost upon us.

This Thursday, The Vampire Diaries takes viewers down to New Orleans for "The Originals," a backdoor pilot aimed at teasing The Originals, a spinoff series almost sure to be picked up by The CW.

And with anticipation high following this awesome Originals trailer, the network has released a handful of new photos from the special episode.

They include an angry Klaus, a contemplative Klaus and a couple looks at Daniella Pineda, who guest stars Thursday as a witch named Sophie and who will be a series regular in the fall if all goes as planned.

Click through the fresh shots now. We've tossed in a picture of Damon for good measure. You're welcome, ladies!

Calm Down, Klaus!
Siblings Down South
Klaus Contemplates
Rebekah v. Elijah
Daniella Pineda Photo
Sophie Photo
Salvatores Confer

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Katherine: The one and only... sort of.

Klaus: What an entirely unwelcome surprise.
Elijah: And what an entirely unsurprising welcome.