4th Annual Beyond Hunger Gala
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Although it will be hard to watch The Vampire Diaries without Nina Dobrev and her character, Elena, Ian Somerhalder is going to do his best to keep us interested. The actor, who plays Damon Salvatore on the hit CW series, shared a new teaser trailer on his Instagram account for the upcoming seventh season and he shows off some major skin.

He captioned the video, "Why is Damon naked in this new Vampire Diaries Trailer ...?" We'd really like to know too—but for now we're just happy to watch. See the teaser trailer here:

Quite a bit of action takes place in the teaser: Bonnie (played by Kat Graham) and Caroline (played by Candice Accola) have girl time, Caroline and Stefan (played by Paul Wesley) share a passionate kiss, and Damon wakes up in a coffin. However, the most titillating would have to be the last scene in which a shirtless Damon throws a towel at Alaric (played by Matthew Davis) after Alaric tells him, "Clothes would be nice." We're not so sure about that!

Ian Somerhalder in Trailer for Season 7 of Vampire Diaries
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Dobrev made her very emotional exit at the end of the previous season, but it looks like the show will still be as steamy as ever. Season 7 of The Vampire Diaries premieres Oct. 8 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.