This is kind of an anti-Stelena article, but I didn't know where else to put it and it does regard Damon/Elena so..
Plec explained, “I would say that if Stefan is going to learn anything from this experience it’s that I don’t know that he can return to who he was. Because who he was was not actually a true representation of who he is.”
This is from a recent interview of JPs. As she said, the Stefan that we've been seeing for the past two seasons was NOT the real Stefan. That also means that what we've been seeing of Stefans relationship with Elena has been faked. Now, I know a LOT of us called this and has been interpreting this exactly this way the whole time but it's nice to have confirmation.
Elena to Stefan: 'I won't love a ghost for the rest of my life'
But wouldn't she be doing exactly that, if she was to get back with Stefan? Elena fell in love with everything that Stefan faked himself to be. THAT is who Elena wants to be with when she was fighting for Stefan. If she got back with Stefan she'd be with an empty shell of what she used to love. When Stefan and Elena do get back together after the compulsion is broken and everything is zei and done, Elena is going to be in this relationship, trying painfully to make it work and be happy once again. She'll be unhappy, but she'll think she owes it herself to at least try and make it work.
The bottom line is: Stefan and Elena's relationship wasn't even real in the first two seasons! ALL OF IT WAS FAKE.
Damon and Elena met when he was at his worst, but he never hid who he was. He actually preferred it to be out in the open. Everything between Damon and Elena has been real for these past 2 seasons. Every moment, and every word. Elena loves Damon for everything he is, faults and all. Elena loves Stefan for everything he isn't