Relationships for normal people aren't easy. Add supernatural elements to the mix, and they're nearly impossible. So, it's no wonder that on "The Vampire Diaries," relationships have been more like a game of musical chairs.
Elena (Nina Dobrev) first fell in love with Stefan (Paul Wesley), but now she's head over heels for his brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder). But can "Delena" stay together through all the death and magical destruction that always happens around them?
"Relationships are really hard in Mystic Falls," Ian Somerhalder recently told Yahoo TV and other reporters on the set of the show.
"If you don't have conflict, you have no drama, and if you have no drama, you have no TV show. So, relationships don't last that long in Mystic Falls, unless clearly you're a freakin' doppelganger and the universe draws you two together."
Somerhalder was referring to the fact that doppelgangers modeled on Silas and Amara, the original true loves, are destined to end up together. Which means Stefan and Elena are meant to be. So, where does that leave Damon?
"It's the elephant in the room," Dobrev acknowledged. "When you're in a relationship and there's an ex-boyfriend around, the significant other is always like, 'Hmm, I wonder...' There's always that insecurity. They might say that it's OK, but it's in the back of their mind. It's the same kind of thing with Elena and Damon. He's pretending to be OK with it, but he can't unthink and unknow what he heard and what he knows now," Dobrev said.
The destiny issue will continue to cause tension between Elena and Damon, especially now that Stefan has regained his memories of everything that's happened. He once again remembers the love and more painfully, the heartbreak.
"I think their love has faded. It's dissipated," Wesley said. Still, the fact that they are "destined" to be together will have a hold on him.
"It's kind of like when you go to a fortune teller and they tell you, 'You're going to end up with this person.' And you're like, 'Really?' And you can't help but in the back of your mind to think that the fortune teller might be correct," explained Wesley.
But for now, Stefan's taking a break from romance. He's "taking some time for himself," Wesley noted. "That triangle's kind of, to be honest, a bit on the back burner right now."
"The Vampire Diaries" airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.