Things are never calm in Mystic Falls.
JP: Things are never calm in Mystic Falls and [Thursday] night, things are heated way up. Stefan takes his frustration out on Klaus in a pretty extreme way, and he uses Elena as a little bit of a bargaining chip. Certainly in the context of their relationship, which was always about support and respect, is not a good thing and it really cuts her deep. And it brings up a lot of stuff, [including] a moment that they haven’t really had in a long time, which is they have it out a little bit: about what he’s been doing and how he’s been acting and what’s become of him. And it’s a really powerful moment, for her especially, and for the two of them.
They’ve both been hiding behind their individual relationships with Damon, in a way, rather than confronting each other.
JP: I think what happened is a result of Stefan’s predicament and Stefan’s sacrifice, and the fallout of that is that he wasn’t there. And…Elena was able to develop an intimacy and a friendship and get a support structure that Stefan used to provide her. And I think it took Elena by surprise to suddenly find herself trusting this person, and wanting to rely on Damon in ways that she’s not usually willing to rely on other people for. So it’s a nice feeling for her to start looking at Damon that way, and also, it certainly doesn’t come without a fallout.
This is nerdy, but the way you’re describing the Damon/Elena/Stefan triangle reminds me a bit of DAWSON’S CREEK season 3, when Pacey and Joey really formed a friendship because Dawson pushed her away.
JP: Yes, that’s true. That’s true! Somebody tweeted at me, “Pacey and Joey’s been done already, don’t be a hack that repeats yourself.” Or something like that. Something horrible. [Laughs] I was just like, all right, everybody simmer down. It’s not the same. There’s no rule in the love triangle paradigm that says the first guy is not the last guy, or the second guy is the end game. There’s no rules…you see it, you let these relationships play out the way that the story leads them. You don’t force the story anywhere. And I think that’s one of the reasons this particular love triangle has so many levels — as Elena grows up, who she loves and why she loves them and how she feels about it is part of her journey.
And technically, you could argue the best thing for Elena would be for her to end up with neither brother and to have a “normal” life away from them.
JP: There’s definitely an argument to be made for her to end up with neither. There’s plenty of arguments for each brother. We have to see how she keeps growing up and what these relationships keep meaning for her.