Consider this to be a dire warning to all CW viewers and all the residents of Mystic Falls: The Heretics are coming.
Actually, based on the first photo from The Vampire Diaries Season 7 Episode 1, allow us to make a correct: The Heretics are HERE!
Courtesy of TV Guide, we now have a look at the opening episode of The Vampire Diaries Season 7, which returns on Thursday, October 8 at 8/7c.
It features Lily leading her pack of scary family members, who have clearly been wreaking some major havoc around town.
That's Caroline left as a crying mess on the ground, right? Surrounded by multiple dead bodies?
"[Lily] has a way of being manipulating and calculating and she knows how to push her son's buttons," executive producer Caroline Dries tells TV Guide.
"We'll see the brothers start to turn against each other, but they'll catch on and Lily, as much as she loves her sons, has her own agenda."
The new season of The Vampire Diaries, of course, will NOT feature Nina Dobrev as Elena.
But it clearly will still feature all the blood, violence, drama and all-around suspense that we've come to expect from this smash hit CW series.