As has been made clear on numerous occasions this summer, fans ought to be expect to see a new Damon Salvatore on The Vampire Diaries Season 7.
And by that, we mean a return to the old Damon Salvatore.
Look for Damon to be “drinking and having a wild time,” executive producer Caroline Dries tells TV Guide, just like the Damon from Season 1.
"He is not ready to hook up; let's be clear about that!" Dries says, adding:
"He is wildly affected by the loss of Elena. This first chapter is life after Elena. He's trying to struggle with, how do I do right by Elena and still be myself?"
Dries also teases that Damon may taking up writing, in diary form, saying the spirit of Elena will be kept alive this fall.
"Even though Nina [Dobrev] is gone, Elena is in the ether and we have a way of including her in the story lines without actually including her."
Color us intrigued.
The Vampire Diaries Season 7 kicks off on Thursday, October 8 at 8/7c on The CW.