In a show that is constantly reminding you to never get too comfortable with character placement, the CW’s The Vampire Diaries has a strong fanbase consistently rooting for the renewal of relationship that hasn’t seen much hope in the last few seasons. The young love that was Stelena (Stefan & Elena) may have been out of the question as of late, but, Paul Wesley (Stefan) reminds us that all it takes is one shift in writing, and the two lovebirds could be at it once again.
Paul Wesley, one of the stars of the beloved vampire-drama series, has recently taken on directing some of the episodes, and interviewed with TV Line to discuss his career. Amongst the discussion of show, two specific relationships came up, Steroline (Stefan & Caroline) and Stelena (Stefan & Elena). Currently (spoiler alert), the Steroline relationship has been blossoming, and there’s are some serious feelings developing. Last we left them, there was the implication that they would soon be really together. It seemed that Stefan’s romantic qualities had been shifted completely towards Caroline, without any inkling of them for Elena. But, Wesley doesn’t want us to get too comfortable. Here's what he had to say:
“I’m telling you, all it takes is one shift in writing. All it takes is one intelligently shifted moment or new storyline to sort of diverge and — boom! — we’re back on the Stefan and Elena train. I have no idea what the writers are doing or planning on doing or if that’s something they’re even interested in, but I wouldn’t eliminate anything from the equation.”
Just because we’ve gotten used to the coupling of the past few seasons, doesn’t mean that nothing can change. We know that Jeremy will be leaving soon (the actor will be leaving the show later this season), and that will most likely leave Elena devastated. And when Elena is upset about her brother, it leaves her incredibly vulnerable. Last time Jeremy died, Elena shut off her humanity, and Stefan was a major reason she was able to come back from it. While we know Jeremy is not going to die this time around, we can predict Elena being upset, and who knows what her relationship status will be when that comes around. For all the Stelena fans, there lies opportunity.
But, it would not feel like a natural progression. Stefan has been too into Caroline lately, it would be very difficult to just write that off. Wesley talked about the Steroline relationship:
“In a weird way, his main focus is Caroline. That’s sort of been his M.O. lately. She’s sort of a huge part of his life now as a friend. Stefan and Elena were so inseparable, bonded, etc., and Caroline and Stefan are now sort of the duo. Everything he does revolves around Caroline at this point.”
Stefan has always had that obsessive quality to him when it comes to the ladies. And while we know not to leave the idea out completely, Stefan and Elena reuniting is towards the back of the mind right now. It’s all about Caroline. She’s troubled and in need of a friend right now, there’s no way Stefan will leave her anytime soon, even if all the Stelena fans claim the original duo to be ‘true love’. Regardless of who he is with though, you know Stefan will be a great boyfriend, and we can all be glad that he is wooing instead of brooding these days.