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What does The Vampire Diaries have in store for Damon? (VIDEO)

The Vampire Diaries spoilers: When will Damon return in Season 6?

Damon may be gone for now on The Vampire Diaries, but he is far from gone for good in the upcoming Season 6.

Aside from Elena (Nina Dobrev) conjuring back the stud in the new trailers because she just can't let him go (who can blame her?), Damon (Ian Somerhalder) will be around for much more than just some much-needed Elena support.

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Somerhalder told Extra TV that in Season 6, Damon "just wants to get back home... it's funny because it's not just about Elena anymore. It's about his brother, too."

It looks like Damon will succeed in that mission and not too long after the season begins. Somerhalder posted this bloody picture on his Instagram not too long ago.

"He's back #DamonSalvatore," Somerhalder said of the image.

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He also posted the following picture on Sept. 5, despite saying he would probably get in trouble for the image.

"Hmmm, who am I talking to???" the actor said in the caption. He posted the image to give a shout-out to the post-production team on the show, but we can't help but notice his face seems to be bloody. Unless ghosts can get so scuffed up, we're going to say Damon is alive and kicking.

An image from Sept. 4 from Somerhalder pretty much seals the deal that Damon is, in fact, back in the land of the living on the show.

"Shooting with these two dudes..." Somerhalder explained. For those of you who aren't as in the know with the show, those are daylight rings. They protect vampires from the sunlight. Damon wouldn't need one if he was dead.

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Somerhalder seems to be really going the distance to prove to fans he's far from gone. According to Entertainment Weekly, Somerhalder said, "I had some really great scenes with Paul [Wesley] not too long ago, like last week. You definitely see some great stuff with those boys. It's good when they're not at one another's throats." We don't think Stefan (Paul Wesley) has joined Elena on her witchy spell endeavor, so we're going to say the brothers will be reunited and not too far into the upcoming season.

It's a good thing we'll get some closure in Season 6, as it may, in fact, be the show's last. The stars' contracts will be up for renewal and both Somerhalder and Dobrev seem to be ready to move on to bigger and better things. Whether or not The CW can rope the cast into more appearances has yet to be determined. Still, we wouldn't be surprised if this is the season to finally settle the Damon, Stefan and Elena love triangle. All roads point to Elena and Damon ending up together and Caroline and Stefan finding their happily ever after. But it is The Vampire Diaries, after all. Those roads could come with many, many unexpected forks.

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