Ian Somerhalder loves connecting with his fans, and for the past week, he’s been counting down excitedly toward the Vampire Diaries Season 5 premiere this Thursday, October 3 on Instagram. While only some of his photos have shown his face, as we get closer to the premiere, he’s been getting more creative… and sexy.

On September 30, Ian posted a selfie of him clenching his teeth around a piece of paper, showing off his muscles in a white tank top. The sign is actually one he printed for the four-day mark, but he reused it to save the environment, duh! The “4” is crossed off on the “#TVD 4 DAYS” sign, and he wrote “3 MORE” next to it.

Ian is looking up in the photo, perhaps looking at someone or something or just being camera-shy. He’s rockin’ some serious stubble (or what we can see of a mustache) and clearly relaxing at the end of the day.

“In the interest of saving paper... 3 MORE DAYS till #TVD,” he captioned the pic. Just when we thought we couldn’t get any more excited about the premiere!

Here’s to hoping the next two days of countdowns include even more of his gorgeous face. Are you excited for the Vampire Diaries Season premiere? Sound off below, and catch it on The CW on October 3 at 8 p.m. ET.

Alyse Whitney is Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.