Here’s what we know about The Vampire Diaries‘ sixth season: Elena really misses Damon, Jeremy really misses Bonnie, every supernatural being really misses Mystic Falls, and Stefan has a new bed buddy. Oh, and this might be Alaric’s new love interest.
But in the first photos from the season 6 premiere, titled “Fresh Starts and Second Chances,” the focus is on the boys of Mystic Falls, namely Alaric, who has found himself as both a vampire and a college professor. His first order of business? Stopping Tyler from reliving his mistakes of season 1. Only, instead of using his werewolf temper to beat up Jeremy at a bonfire, Tyler seems to get into a fight with a blonde at a football tailgate. And instead of Stefan stepping in to save the day, Alaric gets to be the responsible one to keep Tyler from re-triggering the curse. Oh, how times have changed.
As for Matty Blue Blue? He’s looking as human as ever back in Mystic Falls.
The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.