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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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.