Image Credit: Quantrell Colbert/The CWIf you’ve been wanting to get into The Vampire Diaries, but that crowded Thursday at 8 p.m. time slot hasn’t allowed it, seize the opportunity to record this week’s 10-episode season 2 marathon beginning tonight on The CW. That’s two episodes each day, starting with the season 2 premiere. If you’re a newcomer and want a crash course on what you missed in season 1, read our 16-point primer gallery, and you’re good to go. You can also read our recaps (click here for season 1, and here for season 2).

Those of you who are caught up and awaiting the show’s Jan. 27 return, be sure to check out executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec breaking down last week’s midseason finale and looking ahead on our latest TV Insiders podcast (after Dalton Ross and Annie Barrett accuse me of “panting” during Michael Trevino’s shirtless scenes). Just click on the audio player below. The podcast is also now on iTunes. You can subscribe for free right here and take it with you on the go.

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