The Vampire Diaries Season 4 premiere is right around the corner and believe us when we tell you that is going to be the most soul-rattling, explosive one yet. In fact, all the promotional materials — including preview trailers, sneak peek photos, and new character portraits featuring Latin inscriptions — indicate that life in Mystic Falls is not going to be the same place we first fell in love with. Darkness is taking over…
And to help get the supernatural mayhem off to a foreboding start, the CW has been releasing haunting posters of all our favorite residents. So far they’ve unveiled individual portraits for Caroline, Klaus, Tyler, Matt, Rebekah, Bonnie, and Jeremy. Next on the list? Elena Gilbert and the Salvatore brothers, Damon and Stefan! Take a look at Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, and Paul Wesley looking downright fierce in their solo shots:
SANGUINIS EST REATUSTranslation: "Blood is Guilt"
Interpretation: Damon's hand is bleeding profusely and he is clutching it with his other one -- but he doesn't look worried at all. He simply looks sexy and badass. We're thinking that Damon plans to get his hands dirty this season and no injury -- not even a big one -- can hold him back from protecting the ones he loves. Plus, there is a heart-like image dangling right over Damon's head with two swords pointed it, which worries us. We know Damon plans on returning to his bad boy roots in Season 4 and that he can be a bit reckless sometimes due to his passion -- but will all this lead him astray onto a dangerous war path? Let's sure hope not...but we're kind of excited about seeing him let loose!
TENETUR PER SANGUINEMTranslation: "Bound by Blood"
Interpretation: Well, to be quite frank the ropes are not a good sign for poor Elena at all. Neither is the blood seeping from her wrists. It appears as though her cravings will take over her new life as a vampire and that she'll be desperate for a way to escape it. The good news is that yet again -- just like in the "A Future Blooms" poster -- Elena's picture is adorned with roses. And as well know roses symbolize an immortal love or a union that will never fade - even through time or death. So at least she has some hot and heavy moments to look forward to in the midst of all the supernatural chaos!
A VENIT HONOS SALUTEMTranslation: "From Honor Comes Salvation"
Interpretation: Unlike Damon and Elena, there's no blood in Stefan's hand. Then again, he's not known for being hot-tempered so this falls in line with his personality. Stefan is all about finding other solutions -- sometimes they don't work but he always takes a moment to think these through. And the keys in his hand? This could be a big clue. Perhaps he'll find a way to undo Elena's transition. Or perhaps he'll find a way to take down the new Big Bad in Mystic Falls. Either way he's going to wow us all!
Whose Season 4 portrait, out of all the Vampire Diaries characters, is your favorite so far? Cast your vote in the comments!