Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, and Paul Wesley

"I'm human — at least I was."

These are Elena Gilbert's fateful words in the brand-new cold open for The Vampire Diaries.

The Vampire Diaries Premiere Sneak Peek: Elena learns she's dead

In our exclusive video below, Elena (Nina Dobrev), Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Stefan (Paul Wesley), Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), Caroline (Candice Accola), Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Bonnie (Kat Graham) all lend their voices to the narration that will kick off the upcoming fourth season. A variation of this will be used in each episode to catch viewers up on major plot points that have happened thus far.

Quite a lot has changed since the days that the Mystic Falls gang knew only about the vampires running around. (Re-watch Season 1's cold open here.) Now the opening mentions werewolves, doppelgangers, witches and hybrids!

Watch below to get a new peek at the season premiere:

The Vampire Diaries returns on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8/7c on The CW.