The second season of Shadowhunters will premiere on January 2 2017, it was announced today at NY Comic-Con. With new showrunners Todd Slavkin & Darren Swimmer now in charge of the Freeform fantasy drama, today’s panel at the Hammerstein Ballroom also revealed that The Vampire Diaries’ Paul Wesley will be directing an episode of the new season.

The actor broke the news himself in a video shout-out to the fans at the confab on Saturday.

This weekend’s panel included Slavkin, Swimmer and fellow EP McG, author Cassandra Clare and lead Katherine McNamara. Fellow cast members Alberto Rosende, Dominic Sherwood, Emeraude Toubia,Harry Shum Jr., Matthew Daddario and more were there too. Before the EPs and cast came out the crowd was shown an action packed preview of the new season.

“Things get worse for everyone before they get better this season,” teased McNamara. “The whole show expands,” added McG.

Based on Clare’s The Moral Instruments YA novels, Shadowhunters debuted on January 16 this year. The series centers on NYC-based Clary Fray (McNamara) who discovers on her 18th birthday that she has angelic blood and joins the group of Shadowhunters who guard the human race from demons and more.

Slavkin and Swimmer were brought on board in August to replace Ed Decter after the EP and person who developed the show for TV exited the series just before production on Season 2 started over creative differences.

New York Comic-Con runs until October.