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The Vampire Diaries at PaleyFest: Is There Hope for Stelena?

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At the conclusion of The Vampire Diaries Season 5 Episode 16, Damon and Elena tore each other's clothes off and may have broken the bed.

But at PaleyFest last night in Los Angeles, Producer Caroline Dries Dries hinted that Delena may need to soon make room for a redux of Stelena.

“There’s some really good Stelena stuff coming up in the episode Paul directed," Dries said, referring to it as “satisfying” and “nostalgic,” while Paul Wesley added that it’s “reminiscent of season one.”

Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev on Stage
Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev joke around on stage during The Vampire Diaries panel discussion at PaleyFest 2014.

Hmmm.... interesting.

What other tidbits did the cast and crew provide? It was difficult to hear over a throng of screaming fans, but here's an idea of what viewers can expect as The Vampire Diaries Season 5 heads toward its finale:

Wesley is all for a Caroline-Stefan hookup, while Julie Plec would only say: “Caroline and Stefan have a lot to do together in the next couple episodes/ They go through some stuff together."

So, yes, there's a chance; a lot more of a chance than Klaus and Caroline have of any more hot sex in the woods.

“If they were still on the same show, they might have a brief moment of something,” Plec said. “Right now, [though] Klaus has [his own] shut to do [on The Originals].”

Dries did not confirm exactly where Katherine ended up (“I thought it was pretty obvious - her being dragged away in a church), but teased that we could possibly, maybe, someday see Katherine again: ”Never say never on our show.”

There will be trouble ahead for Stefan. Dries teased that he will soon have a “hard time” and that things “get even worse for Stefan toward the end" of the season.

Damon and Elena have “legit, grown-up conversations” in store, Plec said in response to a question about their status, though Ian Somerhalder piped in and mentioned why those are hard to engage in: “They keep taking their pants off.”

Visit TV Fanatic throughout the week for exclusive red carpet interviews with Dries, Plec, Wesley, Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev.

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I think it’s strange that suddenly Damon and Elana are so toxic for each other. The first half of season 5 showed them in a steady loving stable relationship. Their love was real and NOT just about sex !! Since Damon met enzo, he doubted his goodness and Elana braking up with him made him lash out. Elana always new that side of him. Now suddenly she doesn’t want to fight for him anymore ? Now suddenly their relationship is just about sex? I think its lame and doesn’t make sense


I think it’s strange that suddenly Damon and Elana are so toxic for each other. The first half of season 5 showed them in a steady loving stable relationship. Their love was real and NOT just about sex !! Since Damon met enzo, he doubted his goodness and Elana braking up with him made him lash out. Elana always new that side of him. Now suddenly she doesn’t want to fight for him anymore ? Now suddenly their relationship is just about sex? I think its lame and doesn’t make sense

@ Rina

I completely agree. But I think, with what Julie Plec said, it probably hints at what is to come instead of what has happened upto this point. I think we're going to find out that not only is it not a case of "the universe" wanting Stefan and Elena together, but actually Markos, but also that he will if necessary, take Damon out of the equation to do so. Again, that's just me hypothesizing. I also, very much, doubt that they would have made Caroline and Stefan grow closer to this extent to make her "Lexie 2.0". That was established prior to the last episode, and all that the last episode did was make it seem more probable that they're going to take the romantic route with that duo.


STELENA is the core of the show.

@ san

Actually, it's been stated repeatedly: the love TRIANGLE is the core of the show :)

Sarah silva

I still love this show!
I am find with Delena for now but for me Stelena is the end game.


For god's sake, Damon is gorgeous. Perfection. Who wouldn't choose him, duh.

@ Sara In Davis

Me! Me! lol
Cool, I find Stefan way more attractive. Physical attraction is subjective, so to each their own.


Delena have a great, all consuming Love. They will have to work out a lot of issues, but there so belong together, They have defied the universe and the doppelganger bond. Like damon said , in one of his epic speeches, I will let know one tell me who to love especially not the Universe and so on.


Delena has to stay together forever! Their love Is real and true.. not through any stupid universe rule or doppelganger theory. It's just an invincible love for each other.. where as stelena is all about doppelganger and universe TRYING to bind them! What is this some compulsion? ?? I don't like stelena anymore.. Their love is full of sweetness and they r same nature people... where as damon ans Elena are a best example for opposites attract! The good needs the bad and the bad needs the good! Steferine was a hell lot better than stelena! Well caroline and stefan too have a gr8 connection since klaus is no more in tvd!! I hope Julie end this love story not in the casual way.. like the good and the good live happily ever after.. I hope she brings out some spice to the end like delena endgame <3 haha

@ lee

are we watching the same show? because Delena is anything but real, a relationship that makes you question your own morals like Elena said last episode is not real, a person that keeps hurting people you care about just because he was hurt? how is that ok? Now this is my opinion so don't get offended, I feel like Damon adores Elena but I don't feel like Elena loves him as much, perfect example : do you remember the episode in Tessa's cabin/house when TEssa had Stefan and she fried his brain and he was unconscious sitting in the chair? Do you remember when Damon got there Tessa hurt him too and he was lying in the floor, and when elena saw stefan hurt she ran desperately to him and did NOT look at Damon once, all this while damon watched her cry and beg stefan to open his eyes, now tell me that doesn't show her affection and bond towards stefan is stronger...

@ iLoveDamon



I need Stelena

@ rebekah

OMG I know! i think Ian Somerhalder is sexy but Damon and Elena don't belong together, Elena has had to change in order to be with him, how can that be real love when you're pretending to be something you are not, you're changing your morals, and even excusing every bad thing he does just because "you love him". when she was with stefan it was more realistic, its like the love story one can actually experience in real life, he was so good to her, he always respected her decisions, even when it broke his heart, I remember how different the show was then, season 5 sucks so much, I love Damon as an antagonist, I hate that they drag his character back n forth between good and bad, you can't have it both ways, you either care or you don't common, and yes its sexy that they lust for each other, but its getting boring, they can't ever have a talk, all they do is have sex, real love is more than sex in my opinion, real love gives you everything,

@ iLoveDamon

Completely agree. Delena have slogans... and the actors dated in real life. That's all. This show made sense before they listened to the very loud Delena fan base and made that happen. The show is struggling for many reasons these days but too because one of the main characters who many of us related to due to her underpinning moral compass - lost that. She was a protagonist because of her morals but in order for her to have worked with Damon her morals were no longer as important. Protecting her family and friends was no longer as important. As a vampire that works with Damon; she's no longer a likeable, unique and layered character in her own right.

@ -

I totally agree with you! I find that Elena has become so much more selfish now that she's with Damon. Even though I love him and her, when they're together they only think of themselves! Case in point, when Elena broke up with Stephan the last time she went straight to HIS house and slept with HIS brother! I don't think pre-Damon Elena would ever have done that... (Even though that scene was amazing! especially with the Ed Sheehan song in the background!)

Vampire Diaries Quotes

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.


Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.