Fans of The Vampire Diaries have been in a panic since the release of a promotional poster for the series which shows Damon Salvatore - played by Ian Somerhalder - with a length of rope around his neck.
The poster caused a wave of panic and anxiety amongst fans of the vampire series, who started discussing whether this meant that Ian's character would be killed off. The poster, which was released by TV Line, is promoting series 4 of the show.
However, although the poster seems to suggest that Damon will be killed off, fans are desperately hoping that the actor will not leave The Vampire Diaries, the show which catapulted him to fame.
The picture is accompanied by the phrase "Give him enough rope..." adding further validity to the idea that fans will soon be saying goodbye to the leading man.
Ian leaving the show actually makes perfect sense for him career-wise at the moment, as he is a strong contender for the raunchy movie adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey. Ian has expressed a desire to play the leading man, sexy CEO Christian Grey, who has a stong interest in S&M activities.
The thirty-four year old has consistently topped polls as the fans favourite to take on the role, but he still faces some tough competition from the likes of Matt Bomer and Chace Crawford.