Credit: Judy Yam’s Twitter Photo: Elena and Damon Face off in a Season 3 Sneak Peek Photo

The Vampire Diaries Season 3 starts September 15, and we’re über-hyped for all kinds of things, but at the top of our list is the inevitable Delena hookup!

We’ve got some disheartening news for those who wanted to see Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) get together sooner rather than later: The two won’t get all cozy until at least the second half of the season, according to E!. At first, they’ll be too focused on finding Stefan (Paul Wesley) to worry about their own desires. Boo!

Word is Stefan is rather enjoying his Ripper lifestyle and doesn’t want to go back to being the good guy — or to Mystic Falls. Although he will come back, it’s going to take many, many episodes for him to do so. Our guess is Stefan makes his grand return to Mystic Falls around the same time Damon and Elena finally give in to their urges. We foresee one awkward — and messy — reunion in this trio’s future!

Source: E!