So the season 4 of The Vampire Diaries ended with Elena Gilbert revealing her love for Damon Salvatore, with Stefan overhearing the confession with tears in his eyes. When the crew and cast shot this scene, Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder were still dating.
Now, they are no longer dating. How is this going to affect Elena and Damon’s relationship on the show going forward? Well, the showrunners ultimately make that decision, but we’ve speculated about the various scenarios that they could use.
There’s always the possibility that the writers will ignore the real-life drama and breakup between Nina and Ian, and continue with the Elena/Damon romance. However, this works best if Nina and Ian are still ‘best friends’, which may not necessarily be the case. And even if they’ve remained friends after their breakup, there’s no way that it won’t be awkward for them to film love scenes together.
Then, there’s the more likely possibility that they’ll stay together for a while, and then the writers will find a quick and easy way to break them up. Death is unlikely since Elena and Damon are two of the three central characters on the show. However, they could pretend Elena went crazy when she told Damon she loved him. Um… ok, I’ll come back to that.
But really, this is the Vampire Diaries. It’s not going to be hard to come up with a reason to break up Elena and Damon, especially with Paul Wesley’s Stefan still clearly having feelings for Elena. That love triangle has always been central to the story, and fans of the show are pretty much split between the Damon/Elena camp and the Stefan/Elena camp.
What do you guys think is going to happen? Will the writers let the real-life romantic troubles of Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder affect their storylines? Or will they soldier on through with whatever they had in mind before? Let us know what you think in the comments.
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