Anonymous asked: But Stefan isn't in love with Elena any more. That's been being explored and made more clear throughout the season. He loves her but isn't in love. He's reached the same place Elena did in S4, he just had more issues to deal with because the break-up was so sudden. Also, Damon's been a friend to Elena since mid-S1 even while believing she'd never love him. Saying he can't/won't do that completely ignores canon. They're just in limbo right now and she told him the same things in 5x17.
Stefan is definitely still in love with Elena. It’s not been made clear that he isn’t still in love with her, it’s just that he is willing to ignore it, for her and Damon’s sake. It’s actually been shown that no matter how much he tries to move on, he can’t stop loving her. Even when he lost his memories, he fell right back in love with her. If Damon was a friend to Elena since S1, he wouldn’t pursue her whilst she’s in a relationship. He also wouldn’t act out and kill Jeremy and whoever else because she rejected him, if they were only friends. They were friends on and off I guess, yes. But it was never enough for him, he always wanted more. In the last episode he refused to be her friend because he wants to be more. So it doesn’t ignore canon at all. I think, eventually, he will agree to be just her friend. But as of last episode, he can’t and won’t do that. That was the whole point of the last scene.
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— I will always love you, Elena.
— And I will always love you.
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