Remember that pre-premiere promo pic we saw of Paul Wesley with blood smeared across his mouth? At the time, we weren’t sure if the snapshot was of Silas or Stefan. Now, we’re betting pretty heavily on the latter, with the release of this extended promo for The Vampire Diaries Season 5, Episode 3: “Original Sin.” Watch The Ripper back in action in the chilling preview.

The 30-second vid has a film western feel to it, with a leather-and-boot-clad Stefan stumbling across a parking lot to the strums of Blue Saraceno’s “Evil Ways.” Stefan’s destination: a nearby bar. He looks...hungry. The promo’s title cards confirm it: “For three months, he starved. Now, The Ripper is back.”

Stefan enters the bar, where a bartender is wiping down the counter. She barely has time to scream before Stefan is on her neck, sucking her blood. Yikes! Is The Ripper really back? Last time we “saw” Stefan, he was hallucinating at the bottom of a quarry. We thought he’d decided to keep his humanity switch in the “on” position, but maybe not! Or, maybe he’s just hungry...

Do you think Stefan has turned full-on Ripper, or do you think he’s just hungry? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 17 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW, followed by the series premiere of Reign.