Credit: Quantrell D. Colbert/The CW ©2012 The CW Network Photo: Damon and Elena Talk to Jeremy in Season 3, Episode 19: “Heart of Darkness”

Since The Vampire Diaries has saddled us with yet another hiatus, we’ve been using the time to find out anything and everything we can about the first episode back — Season 3, Episode 19, “Heart of Darkness” — which will air on April 19.

First and foremost, we know that Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) are packing up their sexual tension and hitting the road again. En route to Denver, the two will shack up in a motel, where the doppelganger will get a chance to ogle Damon’s shirtless upper body. (Thank  you, Julie Plec!) Either by choice or chance, they’ll end up spending the night in a room with — wait for it — just one bed. But will they hook up?

Unfortunately, this trip is about business, not pleasure. More specifically: Original-killing business. Since the Salvatore brothers needs to know which O.V. they’re linked to, they need Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) to use his connection to the other side to get answers from Rose (Lauren Cohan) in her ghost vamp state.

Delena fans will be excited to know that Rose is offering up a lot more than just a history lesson. Damon’s former fling will proclaim herself to be rooting for him in the Salvatena (Elenatore?) love triangle.

Elena’s reunion with her brother won’t be all hugs and an interview with a (ghost) vampire, though. It turns out that he’s made a dangerous new friendKol (Nathaniel Buzolic). Damon and the diabolical Mikaelson brother will start taking swings at each other when they have a run-in at the batting cage.

In the meantime, another familiar face will make his long-overdue return to Mystic Falls: Tyler (Michael Trevino)! Not surprisingly, the hybrid is not going to be happy when he starts to suspect that his sire has been putting the moves on Caroline (Candice Accola) in his absence.

Tyler’s not the only guy dealing with a romantic rival. Stefan (Paul Wesley) will have to wait for Elena to figure out how she feels about each of the Salvatore brothers.

Can you handle the wait?

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