We may be months away from the Season 6 premiere of The Vampire Diaries, but the cast and crew are back at work. Yesterday, we reported on Kat Graham and Nina Dobrev’s excitement on being reunited on the TVD set. Now, it’s Ian Somerhalder’s turn. How does the actor feel about his first day back on set? Read on to find out!

“Being a Dad... Morning vet visit with moke before heading to my 1st Day of work for SEASON 6 of The Vampire Diaries!” Ian captioned the Instagram photo of himself and his cat Moke, before continuing with his excitement over another season of the vampire dram. “Wow, how did this happen??? I'll tell you how:you all are the greatest audience on the planet! Thank you for all of your love and support over these years- none of this could possible with out you! See you at Comic Con, then Teen Choice Awards, Then Emmy weekend, then in my dreams. Huge love to you all! Love, Ian.”


Ian seems to be one a thankful kick lately. Last week, he took to Twitter to express his gratitude to everyone who has helped him get to where he is today: “There are many people whom have worked their asses off to get me here (where ever i am) I love these people-thank you. What an amazing ride,” Ian tweeted.

We have our reasons to be thankful. We’re so happy to see Ian back at work on TVD — especially after his character’s apparent death in the Season 5 finale. Bring on the vampire-induced feels, Season 6!

Are you glad to see Ian back in Atlanta and reunited with Moke? Hit the comments and sound off!

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