'Vampire Diaries' Star Ian Somerhalder Teases Spicy Sage

Flashback fans, rejoice! When "The Vampire Diaries" returns Thursday night after an all-too-long hiatus, we'll get a peek at what some of our favorite Mystic Falls immortals were doing a century ago, in the semi-"Downton Abbey"-inspired episode "1912."

When Hollywood Crush caught up with star Ian Somerhalder over the weekend during PaleyFest, we just had to ask what to expect from the episode, which introduces us to the pivotal character Sage, played by "Smallville" actress Cassidy Freeman.

"Here's the cool thing: As much as Stefan had Lexi, Damon had this woman Sage, and she was sort of this hot temptress, sultress, bad-ass chick," Ian explained. "She revived him and showed him the way to live and enjoy yourself—realize life is short even for a vampire. Enjoy it. Literally, carpe diem—not to sound trite. I think that was a huge turning point for Damon, and no one's seen it."

...Until now, that is. And as it turns out, we're not the only ones who sometimes enjoy eschewing the 21st century in favor of speakeasys and opulent balls.

"I think the invaluable thing about these flashbacks is that you inevitably find out what made these characters who they are now," Ian continued. "What was the anatomy of the events that lead them up to now?"

What do you think will happen during "1912"? How excited are you that "The Vampire Diaries" is returning? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!