‘Vampire Diaries’: Elena, Stefan and Matt in Shock at the Church (PHOTO)

By: Lauren DiMascio / September 7, 2012

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Our spines are tingling as a new photo from Season 4 of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries shows the three characters with major looks of shock and bewilderment while sitting in a church pew.

Ok, Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, we’re officially nervous. Also we’re thinking we need to go stock up on some tissues.

The photo, which is in Entertainment Weekly’s new Fall TV Preview issue, also showcases other Mystic Falls residents ducking and covering.

What do we think is happening in the picture?

Given their dark clothes and the recent death of Alaric (Matthew Davis), we’re assuming they’re at his funeral.

But where is everyone else? Wouldn’t Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) be there as well? We’re intrigued.

EW also teases a new villain who is hell bent on destroying Mystic Falls. This photo from “Growing Pains” coupled with the just released trailer featuring Elena’s transition, a car accident, some punches and new characters has us wishing it was October already.

Only 35 days until the premiere people. 35 days.

The Vampire Diaries premieres Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8 PM on The CW.

What’s your theory on the photo? Let us know in the comments below!