'The Vampire Diaries' Season 3 first look: Damon, Elena, and Alaric pow-wow outside the party

VD301a_0936b2_lowres.jpgHere it is, "Vampire Diaries" fans -- the first official picture from the Season 3 premiere, "The Birthday." Elena ( Nina Dobrev) is turning 18, and despite the doom and gloom of the last year, Caroline insists on throwing her a small party.

Of course, knowing Caroline, it's no surprise that the bash at the Salvatore mansion is a little bigger than Elena expected, complete with at least one uninvited guest.

This first photo shows Alaric ( Matt Davis), Elena, and Damon ( Ian Somerhalder) taking a quiet moment outside the house to talk, complete with the bottle of bourbon that's never far from Alaric's reach.

We'll have to wait until Sept 15 to find out just what these three have to discuss, but if we had to guess, we'd say Stefan, Stefan, and more Stefan. Elena's not the type to kick back and celebrate while her boyfriend is off on a ripper rampage.

For more on the birthday festivities, click here to read what Ian had to say about Damon's birthday gift to Elena.
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