The last twenty seconds of The Vampire Diaries' most recent episode provided the return of a fan favorite who has been chillin' like a villain in a coffin thanks to a dagger in the back: Elijah (Daniel Gillies)! Thankfully, our well-coiffed (liking the new 'do!) Original has finally returned and something tells us he's not happy...and that something is his demeanor in these brand spankin' new photos the CW released from the Feb. 2 episode titled "Bringing Out the Dead." (Get it?!)
So what does his return mean for Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Damon (Ian Somheralder) and the gang?
Elijah's choking Damon...must be Thursday! (Buffy reference FTW!)
It seems Elijah wastes no time getting back to his Damon-torturing ways (remember the pencil to the jugular? Ouch!) in the episode as there are several pictures of Elijah putting the hurt on the older Salvatore brother.
Speaking of brothers, Elijah is also pictured standing at his brother's Klaus' side. Do you think he's found out that Klaus killed their mother? When we chatted with Morgan, he talked about what Elijah's return would mean for Klaus. "There's still so much to be explored. As far as he's concerned, our father killed our mother. That's not the truth. There's going to be hell to pay. That's a confrontation we need to see."
Also pictured? Caroline (Candice Accola) having a little chat with her father Bill (Jack Coleman) and we're guessing it's about Tyler (Michael Trevino), who will be MIA in the next five episode. (Boo! Hiss!)
The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. on the CW.
What do you think of these pictures, TVD fans? Do you think Elijah will turn on Klaus once he learns the truth? Did you squeal as hard as we did when Elijah returned? Sound off in the comments!