The Vampire Diaries returns for another season of epic romance, suspense and a bloody good thrill ride. Based on the best-selling book series, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is the story of two vampire brothers, obsessed with the same gorgeous girl, who are battling to control the fate of an entire town.
When Stefan and Damon Salvatore first returned to their hometown of Mystic Falls, Virginia, it was for very different reasons. Yet both brothers were drawn to Elena Gilbert, who bears a striking resemblance to Katherine Pierce, the beautiful but ruthless vampire the brothers knew and loved -- in 1864. After surviving the return of the vengeful Katherine and the wrench she threw into their love triangle, Stefan and Damon would face their greatest challenge yet -- the arrival of Klaus, one of the powerful "Original" vampires. Last season revealed the history of Klaus and the Original family, as well as the surprising friendship Klaus and his sister Rebekah shared with Stefan decades earlier. Klaus' return led to Stefan's descent back to his violent "Ripper" ways and as Elena and Damon worked to bring Stefan back from the edge, they struggled with the guilt of their growing bond. Meanwhile, Klaus found himself irresistibly drawn to Caroline Forbes, forcing Caroline's boyfriend, Tyler Lockwood, to break his sire bond to Klaus and claim Caroline as his own. Finally, the life of Alaric Saltzman, Elena and Jeremy's trusted teacher and guardian, took a terrifying turn when witchcraft -- and Bonnie's unwilling help -- turned Alaric into the ultimate vampire hunter.
Season four begins with the knowledge that everything is changing, as Elena and her friends enter the final stretch of high school before graduation sends them off on different paths. But the friends' bond to their home town of Mystic Falls takes on a deeper meaning when a new villain seems intent on destroying it.
Ian Somerhalder plays Damon Salvatore, the elder and far more dangerous of two vampire brothers who share a long and bitter history, in the new drama 'The Vampire Diaries.' Somerhalder is well known for his role as Boone on J.J. Abrams' critically acclaimed drama 'Lost.' He won the 2005 SAG Award as part of 'Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series' and 'Lost' won the 2005 Emmy Award for 'Best Television Series Drama.' The show was also nominated for the 2004 Golden Globe Award and the 2004 People's Choice Award.
Somerhalder will next appear on the big screen in Scott Mann's 'The Tournament,' opposite Robert Carlyle, Ving Rhames and Kelly Hu. The film is about a battle that takes place every 10 years between 40 of the world's deadliest assassins. Other film credits include starring in Ellen Kanor's 'The Wake,' opposite Bijou Phillips; Aaron Wiederspahn's 'Sensation of Sight,' opposite David Strathairn and Jane Adams; Jim Sonzero's 'Pulse,' opposite Kristen Bell and Christina Milian; Roger Avary's 'The Rules of Attraction,' opposite James Van Der Beek, Kate Bosworth, Kip Pardue and Jessica Biel; Irwin Winkler's 'Life as a House,' opposite Hayden Christensen, Kevin Kline and Kristen Scott Thomas; Martin Guigui's 'Changing Hearts,' opposite Lauren Holly and Faye Dunaway; and Tony Giglio's 'In Enemy Hands,' opposite William H. Macy, Jeremy Sisto and Scott Caan.
On stage, Somerhalder starred off-Broadway in Trip Cullman's 'Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,' an 'unauthorized parody' of Charles Schulz's comic strip 'Peanuts' that follows the travails of a grownup Charlie Brown and the original gang as their beloved beagle dies. Somerhalder co-starred in the production with Eddie Kaye Thomas, Eliza Dushku, America Ferrera, Ari Graynor and Logan Marshall-Green.