We adore Civil War-era Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) on The Vampire Diaries. He’s earnest. He’s romantic. And he’s got great hair. It seems like Ian is missing his alter ego’s flashback self, too. Check out the Throwback Thursday he shared yesterday.

“#throwbackthursdays Season 1 Damon at his house in Mystic Falls — Circa 1864,” Ian captioned the Instagram selfie of a serious-looking Damon in 19th century garb as the sun sets in the background. Basically, everything about this photo is gorgeous: from the picturesque white picket fence to Ian’s sculpted cheekbones.

We can’t help but think about the excellent timing of this pic, either. We’ve been reminiscing a lot about Katherine’s life on TVD as of late, but what about Damon? It seems like he’s been doing a little private soul-searching of his own. In this week’s episode, he buried Katherine in the tomb she was supposed to be trapped in for 150 years, suggesting that Damon may not be as over both his recent and not-so-recent pasts as he’d like to admit.

This theme of Damon’s past coming back to haunt him has become tangibly recognized in the creation of Enzo’s character, who is literally a piece of Damon’s past that has risen from the ashes to remind Damon of past versions of himself he would like to forget. We’re seriously digging this theme, and hope by confronting the past, Damon can develop as a character in a way we haven’t seen before, rather than regress back into a version of himself that feels tired and redundant. And a few Civil War-era Damon flashbacks wouldn’t go amiss.

Do you miss Civil War-era Damon as much as we do? And do you think this theme of Damon’s past coming back to haunt him is an interesting one for the show to explore? Sound off in the comments below!

The Vampire Diaries airs on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!