Paul Wesley Prepares for "Constant Battle" Between Stefan and Damon

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Stefan or Damon? Damon or Stefan?

While The Vampire Diaries viewers debate the pros and cons of each Salvatore brother, star Paul Wesley says the back-and-forth between the siblings won't end any time soon.

“I just think there’s a power shift going on throughout the season,” the actor said. “I think that it’s going to be a constant battle over who has control."

Up until the end of last week's episode, the winner has been Damon. But Wesley told MTV he's glad Stefan's meaner qualities are starting to shine through:

“Stefan’s really tempted by human blood. He’s so tempted. He’s not perfect. I don’t want Stefan to be perfect. He’s still flawed. I just think it’d be kind of interesting to sort of slip up, maybe, and do something bad and go off the deep end. Sort of a role reversal [with Damon].”

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Wesley is also glad that Stefan's desire to live like a human teenager, as opposed to a vampire, is giving the character a new set of problems. It gives the actor a lot with which to work.

“When the story first began, he was sort of this mystery figure. And he always has that ambiguity about him, and as we get to know him and he starts having human problems, he becomes more of a person. For me, what’s interesting is that he’s going to get more intense and get more assertive with Damon and start just humanizing more. And that includes laughter and deep sadness. They’re really starting to make him more complex.”

Next week, the show will depict an entirely new side to Damon, courtesy of a series of Mystic Falls flashbacks. Get an early look at those episode stills now!

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You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.


Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.