We had speculated that The Vampire Diaries would return with Season 6 sometime in October, but thanks to a press release from The CW we now have an official premiere date for our favorite supernatural series. So when does Season 6 premiere? Read on to find out!

Mark your calendars for 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, October 2, everyone! That’s the day that The Vampire Diaries and Reign will return to put your DVR on double-duty. The CW loved this Thursday night pairing so much that they’ve decided to bring back this two-hour block for another TV season — and we don’t have any problem with that.

The Vampire Diaries was renewed for Season 6 back in February and wrapped up its intense Season 5 run on May 15. In the final moments of Season 5, both Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham) and Damon Salvatore’s (Ian Somerhalder) lives were hanging in the balance. They had gotten trapped on the Other Side just before its collapse and were holding hands as a white light overtook them — while Birdy’s tear-worthy “Wings” played in the background. There had been a lot of speculation about whether or not the characters would be back for Season 6, but we now know that they certainly will, though to what extent remains a mystery.

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We can’t wait to see what the Powers That Be come up with for Season 6 — but thankfully October 2 will be here before we know it!

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Carson Blackwelder is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!