The CW drama returns for its third season, "The Birthday," with Elena's (Nina Dobrev) 18th birthday party that Caroline (Candice Accola) is busy planning. But of course, Elena's mind is busy trying to figure out where Stefan (Paul Wesley) ran off to.
Nina Dobrev as Elena
In the second episode of the season, "The Hybrid," Elena hatches a new plan that Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Alaric (Matt Davis) reluctantly follow to find Stefan, which leads Damon into a dangerous fight with an unexpected enemy.
Steven R. Mc Queen as Jeremy and Zach Roerig as Matt
In "The Hybrid," Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) goes to Matt (Zach Roerig) for help as he tries to understand why he sees ghosts of his ex-girlfriends from his past and what they want.
Zach Roerig as Matt
In the season premiere, Matt finds himself working alongside Elena's brother Jeremy at the Mystic Grill, who is struggling to understand why he sees Vicki (Kayla Ewell) and Anna (Malese Jow).
Steven R. McQueen as Jeremy
Jeremy's exes aren't the only familiar faces who will be appearing on The Vampire Diaries. 7th Heaven star David Gallagher begins his recurring role as werewolf Ray Sutton in the season premiere.
Joseph Morgan as Klaus
Now that Stefan has run off with Klaus (Joseph Morgan), what have they been up to? Turns out, the duo have been busy trailing werewolf Ray Sutton. With Stefan out of the picture for the time being, does that mean Damon and Elena will grow closer?
Morgan as Klaus, Gallagher as Ray and Wesley as Stefan
Klaus and Stefan meet with Ray in the season opener of the CW series, directed by John Behring from a script by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec.
Candice Accola as Caroline and Michael Trevino as Tyler
Caroline and Tyler (Michael Trevino) face new challenges when the series returns and as the first episodes progress, Tyler faces an emotional confrontation with his mother (Susan Walters).
Ian Somerhalder as Damon
In the season opener, Damon is also searching for Stefan, while trying to protect Elena and keep her from doing anything that would bring the dangerous Klaus to town.
Davis as Alaric, Dobrev as Elena and Somerhalder as Damon
While grieving over the death of Jenna (Sara Canning), Alaric does his best to look after Elena and Jeremy. Here, he powwows with Damon and Elena at the site of her 18th birthday party in the season premiere.
Nina Dobrev as Elena and Ian Somerhalder as Damon
Damon and Elena find themselves in danger as the third season opens on The Vampire Diaries, but what would viewers expect?