We still have months to go until the official premiere of The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals, but we’re keeping our eyes peeled for any juicy bits to tide us over until then!

Thankfully, The CW has kept us from falling into a pit of hiatus depression by sharing a first-look photo from the set!

“An exclusive teaser image of Joseph Morgan at The Originals photoshoot!” the network wrote on Facebook.

Posing as Original vampire Klaus, Joe looks every bit the diabolical genius as he stares smugly at a human skull.

As we saw in the backdoor pilot for the supernatural drama, Klaus is on a mission to usurp his power from his former protege, Marcel. However, the OV is dealt an unexpected blow when he learns that werewolf Hayley is pregnant with his child.

Despite this shocking news, don’t go thinking daddy Klaus is about to get all soft. If this photo is any indication, fatherhood is only going to raise the stakes. (And we don’t mean the wooden ones.)


Credit: YouTube Photo: The Originals: All-New Promo Video For the Season 1 Premiere!