"The Vampire Diaries" Stars Gear Up for Season Four

Posted Wednesday September 5, 2012 7:13 PM GMT

In an intense new shot for their hit CW show, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder promote season four of "The Vampire Diaries."

The upcoming season kicks off with a bang on Thursday, October 11th at 8pm when Elena (Dobrev) wakes up as a vampire.

Recently, executive producer Julie Plec spoke to TVLine about the twists and turns of Elena's love interests.

"All these things that she’s experienced with Damon (Somerhalder) and with Stefan (Wesley) will have different context for her as she’s becoming this new person. This circumstance, which is pretty horrific, is going to make them all care about each other even more deeply and argue even more intensely and fracture even more greatly and love as deeply as possible.”

Watch the action-packed promo for the upcoming season of "The Vampire Diaries" below.

Photo Credit: Justin Stephens/The CW