We’re only nine episodes into Vampire Diaries, yet so much has already happened! To prepare for the January 17th return of our fave supernatural show, we’d like to recap some of the bigger moments thus far.

1. Elena became a full-on vampire. We’ve watched Elena (Nina Dobrev) go from trying to feed off animals, to nearly OD’ing on human blood at a frat party, to committing her first kill. We’re proud of you, newbie vamp, keep up the bloody work!

2. The Five is a thing now. Vampire hunters have a whole story of their own, which we saw in Connor — before Elena had the chance to kill him — and in Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Rebekah’s (Claire Holt) flashbacks. Plus, now that Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) a hunter, we’ll likely see a lot more of this legend (here’s hoping The Five doesn’t cause his demise).

3. We met April, who’s turned out to be a bit of trouble. Not only is Elena constantly sticking her neck out for this gal, but April (Grace Phipps) also proved she’s beyond compulsion with that handy vervain bracelet. Tip: Watch your back, babe!

4. Other characters with mysterious alliances were introduced. Season 4 brought us the shady Professor Shane (David Alpay) — who’s all about The Five — and Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), a smokin’ hot she-wolf who’s not on our good side after leading 11 innocent hybrids to their slaughter.

5. Speaking of slaughter, Klaus killed a lot of people! Not that it would surprise anyone.

6. Bonnie has witchy powers again. Thanks to Professor Shane, Bonnie (Kat Graham) is almost back to her crafty self. But we’re still not trusting that union...

7. Delena. Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena. Naked and having hot vampire sex. ‘Nuff said.