CW | 9:00 pm

If you enjoyed some of the humorous touches in Season 1, well, cherish those memories, because Season 2 will be getting noticeably darker, despite a premiere episode called "I'll Never Give Up Hope." Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) becomes more determined than ever to find a way back to Mystic Falls after discovering there may be a way out of the dark emptiness around her. Alaric (Matthew Davis), meanwhile, is reeling from losing his headmaster job and trying to piece together what happened the night Malivore was destroyed.