Stefan originally returned to town to get to know Elena after saving her from a car accident. They instantly fell in love and began a romantic relationship in season 1, which became strained when Damon fell in love with Elena and Katherine returned to win Stefan back. Though they continuously reassured each other and remained loyal throughout seasons 1 and 2. They fell out of contact at the end of season 2, when Stefan left to save his brothers life. Though they stayed faithful to each other, whilst Elena searched for him, until Damon kissed Elena. She admitted this to Stefan and at the end of season 3 rejected Damon, choosing to be with Stefan. Their relationship was rekindled and lasted into the beginning of season 4. Though they eventually broke up when Elena began to reciprocate Damon's love, and chose to be honest with Stefan about her feelings and intentions. He was determined to move on, before he came upon the discovery that Elena was sired to Damon. He stayed to help Elena in their search to cure her vampirism, throughout the sire bond. He admitted to still being in love with her, and even attempted to seduce her into finding her humanity again. But when the sire bond was broken and Elena chose Damon all the same, it became apparent that her affections for him were real, and Stefan was finally convinced to leave town.
While visiting his uncle Zach Salvatore, Stefan hears a car crash near Wickery Bridge and sees a car submerged in the water. He dives in the water and goes after it and is able to get to the car. A man is still conscious and tells him to help his daughter, who is unconscious. Stefan does as he is asked, and saves Elena from drowning. When he sees her face, he is shocked to see she resembles an old flame of his, Katherine Pierce. He goes back to the car, but is too late to save her parents. Due to his curiosity about Elena, Stefan remains in Mystic Falls and keeps an eye on her from a distance. When school starts, he decides to become a student so that he can meet her and get to know her better.
After the death of her parents, Elena Gilbert promises herself that she will be fine on the first day of school. She is with her best friend, Bonnie Bennett when she sees a new guy registering in the office. Bonnie remarks on the sexiness of his back. Elena gets distracted when she sees her brother, high on drugs and follows him into the men's room to scold him. As she exits, she accidentally bumps into the new guy, Stefan Salvatore and leaves awkwardly. At the Mystic Falls Cemetery, Elena is spooked by a sudden fog and a crow. She hurries away and gets injured. She runs into Stefan again; Stefan tells her he is visiting some of his deceased family. After seeing the blood from her injury, Stefan mysteriously disappears, but he comes back the following evening to return Elena's journal, which she had forgotten at the cemetery. She invites him to come join her at the Mystic Grill with her friends Bonnie, Caroline Forbes, and Matt Donovan. Caroline invites him to a back-to-school party which Stefan accepts, seeing as Elena is going as well.
At the party, Stefan hears Bonnie and Elena talking about him from a distance and tries to make his way over, but is stopped by Caroline. By the time he gets to Elena, Bonnie has left. Elena is happy that he is there. As they talk, Stefan notes that she is sad. Elena admits that her parents died the previous spring, and only she survived. Stefan tells her that she won't be sad forever. Elena explains that she used to date Matt, but they broke up after her parents died. Elena then notices there is something wrong with Stefan's eyes and he hurries away to get himself and Elena a drink.
When Stefan comes back, Caroline tries again to get his full attention, but he kindly rejects her and goes to Elena, who sees her brother high again and has to go after him, leaving Stefan alone. She and Jeremy come back with Vicki Donovan, who has been attacked by an animal. Elena notices Stefan has mysteriously disappeared again. He comes by her house later that night to see whether she is alright. She tells him that that is all people wonder about her, but he should ask her the next day. She invites him in — and he accepts.
The next morning, both Elena and Stefan feel better than they had before, knowing that they will see other again. While talking to Caroline and Bonnie, Elena decides to go to the Salvatore Boarding House to see Stefan, but runs into his older brother, Damon Salvatore. Damon "unintentionally" mentions Stefan's past love Katherine Pierce, driving Elena to believe Stefan is on the rebound. Stefan finds the two and Elena talking, and Elena leaves, seeing that Stefan doesn't seem very happy. Elena is disheartened after hearing about Katherine.
They later meet at the Night of the Comet Festival, where Stefan apologizes for his attitude when she visited his house. Elena tells him about what Damon said to her about Katherine, and she tells him that when you lose someone, it stays with you and always reminds you how easy it is to get hurt. Stefan replies by telling her that it was a long time ago, meaning that he's over it. Before she leaves, Elena says that it isn't going to work, because it is too complicated.
After Elena and Jenna had a talk, Elena realizes that she is a little scared of starting a new relationship. She visits Stefan at his house, and says that she was going to do what she always does, and write in her diary, but she should be saying it to him. Stefan tells her what he would write, saying exactly what Elena had said earlier at the comet festival, and they share their first kiss.
Wanting Bonnie to like Stefan, Elena arranges a dinner for the three of them, and as she hoped, Bonnie warms up to him. Stefan, who is against letting Damon inside the house when he arrives with Caroline, loses the argument. Elena has no problem with it. Wanting to protect Elena from Damon, Stefan gives her a necklace containing vervain so she won't fall victim to compulsion. Elena asks Stefan to be her escort to the Founder's Party to which he accepts, though reluctantly. While she and Bonnie are getting ready, Bonnie tells Elena what Caroline told her: Stefan tried to take Katherine from Damon.
At the party, Elena asks Stefan to be open with her, but he keeps dodging her questions, leading her to believe what Bonnie had told her is true. But when she discovers Damon has been hurting Caroline, she begins to see that Stefan has been truthful on the subject all along.
Stefan goes about his daily life after he imprisons Damon. While leaving the Mystic Grill, Stefan runs into an old man who is shocked to see that Stefan hadn't aged a day. Stefan denies knowing him, but it makes Elena curious, for this isn't the only strange thing that has happened since they began dating. Stefan and Elena go to the Sexy Suds Car Wash together. Elena sees and speaks to Tiki's Grandfather, who tells her he had seen Stefan in June 1953. With the help of Logan Fell, Elena investigates this, and sees Stefan's face for herself on an old film at the local television station. Still disbelieving, she goes to the Salvatore Boarding House and demands to know what Stefan is. She is shocked when he tells her he was a vampire. She runs to her car and goes home, but he gets to her room and tries to explain that Damon is behind the attacks in Mystic Falls. Elena, still frightened, asks him to leave. Stefan does as she asks, and leaves. The next day, Elena arranges a meeting between them, so Stefan can explain everything to her.
Elena admits she researched vampires on the Internet, but only got fiction. Stefan explains that holy water, garlic, and crucifixes are harmless to vampires, and that his ring protects him from the sunlight. He takes her to the ruins that were once his home, revealing he has 17 years old since 1864. It all goes back to Katherine, who is a vampire. She toyed with Stefan and Damon's hearts, and both brothers fell in love with her. He tells her the necklace he gave her has vervain, so she would be protected from vampires' compulsion. They then go home to find Jeremy and Matt with Vicki, who Stefan realizes was transitioning into a vampire. When she escapes, Stefan goes after her to help her, but fails in stopping her from drinking Logan Fell's blood. Elena understands what Stefan is, and promises to keep his secret, but she explains to him that she can't be with him in the process and broke up with him.
Stefan and Damon keep Vicki in their house, but she escapes when Damon starts to teach her how to use her vampire powers. Stefan alerts Elena on the matter, and they find Vicki with Jeremy, whom Vicki was about to attack. Elena tries to stop her, but Vicki bites her and throws her aside. Seeing no other choice, Stefan takes a broken piece of wood and plunges it in Vicki's chest, killing her. This devastates Jeremy and Elena. Elena tells Stefan that she would give anything to forget what she knew about vampires, but she would never forgive Stefan if he took the memories away. For Jeremy's sake however, she asks him to erase the memories of Vicki. Stefan, however, can't do it properly because of how he feeds, so Damon volunteers to do it instead.
Sheriff Forbes questions Matt, Jeremy, Elena and Stefan on Vicki's disappearance and all have no clue what happened to her or where she went, although Stefan and Elena are forced to lie. Stefan wants Elena to talk to him about her concerns about Matt and Jeremy, but she tells him he has to stay away from her.
Later, deciding to talk to Stefan, Elena goes to his house. The door is answered by Lexi, who has just gotten out of the shower. When Elena asks where Stefan was, Lexi tells her that he is in the shower. Misunderstanding, Elena leaves.
Stefan comes to Elena's house that evening and realizes that Elena thought Lexi is his "rebound girl". Stefan explains that Lexi is a 350 year old vampire and Stefan's best friend, who came to Mystic Falls to celebrate Stefan's 162nd birthday. He asks Elena why she came by, but she tells him it was a mistake. Again, Stefan asks her to talk to him, and she says she can't because she needs to talk, but could only be with him and that was too hard. Before he leaves, Stefan asks Elena if she needs a ride to Caroline's party. Elena says she is not going, and tells Stefan having a great time with Lexi.
After Stefan leaves, Elena changes her mind and goes to Caroline's party at the Grill. After small talk with Damon, Elena decides to leave. However, Lexi invites her to talk, unaware that Stefan is eavesdropping. Lexi gives Elena advice about Stefan before leaving, drinking Elena and Stefan's tequila before joining Stefan at the pool table.
After another attack, Sheriff Forbes injects Lexi with vervain because the witness was compelled by Damon to think Lexi was the attacker, and takes her away. Stefan sees what happened, and tries to leave, but the deputies refuse to let him go. He and Elena manage to get out of the Grill, and see Lexi fight off the deputies. She is then shot by wooden bullets by Forbes, and was staked by Damon, much to Stefan's horror. Stefan is grief-stricken by the death of his friend, and Elena tries to comfort him, but is too angered by what Damon has done, and says that he has to kill him. Elena tries to stop him from destroying his life, but Stefan says she is right to stay away, and leaves.
Damon soon reveals why he had returned to Mystic Falls: to get Katherine, who is trapped in a tomb under the ruins of Fell's Church. Emily Bennett, Katherine's handmaiden, was a witch who cast a spell over the vampires to protect them from being destroyed. however, she couldn't let Damon have what he wanted and possessed Bonnie, her descendant, to destroy the crystal that would help open the tomb. Enraged by Emily's actions, Damon attacked Bonnie. Elena was horrified by this but Stefan went over to Bonnie and fed her some of his blood which healed her wound. Elena took Bonnie home, but before leaving, she saw that being with Stefan was something she could handle after all and was willing to continue there relationship, but Stefan, seeing that he could put her in danger, refused, believing it best if he left Mystic Falls, breaking Elena's heart.
Elena and Jenna spoke over the events of their ex-boyfriends, with Logan reappearing and Stefan leaving. however when another vampire started attacking in town, Stefan decided to stay a little longer and warned Elena about it. On Career Night, Stefan and Elena discussed Stefan never sticking to anything because he always had to leaving due to his immortal age. Elena didn't want to discuss her future because he wouldn't be in it. After finding out Logan Fell was the vampire, Stefan and Damon went after him. They rescued Caroline from him and Stefan took her home, leaving Damon to deal with Logan. At the Salvatore Boarding House, Elena told Stefan that she wanted him to stay, but he couldn't. Elena declared her love for him and they made love for the first time. Later, Stefan went for a drink of water and left Elena alone in his room. Their relationship hit a rocky patch when Elena came across his photo of Katherine and was shocked at how much she looked like her. Heartbroken and confused, Elena took off her necklace and left. Stefan came back and found Elena's necklace on Katherine's photo and realized what happened.
Stefan tried to contact Elena but didn't expect Damon to answer her phone. Damon brought Elena back to Mystic Falls and Stefan told Elena about how they had first met, how he had save her from the car with her parents. Elena wanted to know why she looked like Katherine, and Stefan said it was a possibility that she was adopted since Katherine was a "Pierce" and Elena was a "Gilbert", going over all the research he had done after seeing her for the first time. Elena was still shocked, but Stefan said it didn't matter to him, he loved her. They shared a kiss initiated by Elena and made up.
Stefan questioned Elena about the mysterious guy but all she could remember was that he was hooded. Stefan gave her the compass so she would know when a vampire was around and a box with jewelry with vervain for her friends, Jenna and Jeremy. While getting ready for the 50's dance, Elena found the compass spinning in all directions and called Stefan out of panic but Damon answer, telling Elena that Stefan was coming over. Elena was relieved as she believed Stefan was one the one the compass was pointing to until she was attacked by Noah, who had posed as a pizza-delivery guy to get in the house. Damon suggested Elena become the bait for Noah, something Stefan was against, but Elena agreed to it.
She and Stefan danced at the party until she saw a hooded man in the crowd. Stefan went after him, but he wasn't Noah. Noah threatened Elena with Jeremy's life and she left the dance and fled into the cafeteria. She managed to subdue Noah with pencils and broke a mop to stake him but Noah caught it before she could kill him. Stefan was able to save her in time, stabbing Noah with the broken handle of the mop. Stefan and Damon questioned Noah who told them about Emily's spell book but refused to spill anything else, so Stefan killed him. After taking Elena home, Stefan told her he promised to help Damon get Katherine back, but it was a lie. Elena promised to help him.
Damon was unaware of what the two had planned, but he suspected something was up. Because he couldn't believe what Stefan told him, he asked Elena whether Stefan was lying. She lied to him and Damon believed her. Elena and Stefan continued to try to find the grimoire themselves. They learned from Johnathan Gilbert's journals that he had given the book to Giuseppe Salvatore, Stefan and Damon's father. Stefan always heard his father say he would take secrets to the grave and realized where the grimoire was: buried with his father. He and Elena found Giuseppe's grave. They unearthed it and Stefan took the book away from his father's corpse. But then Damon arrived, knowing the Stefan would plan something like his. However, he admitted that Elena had him fooled, but he wanted the book. When Stefan denied handing it over, Damon did the one thing to make sure Stefan gave him the grimoire.
Damon grabbed Elena and forced blood into her mouth, threatening to turn her into a vampire if he didn't give him the book, and Stefan gave it up for Elena's safety. Stefan took her home and explained why Damon no longer trusted him: because he had broken the promise not to reveal what Katherine was to their father Giuseppe. Stefan went to get Elena medicine for her headache and heard from Jenna that Jeremy had brought a friend of his home: Anna. Stefan immediately knew that Elena was in danger and hurried to her room find her missing.
He went back home but Damon was unhelpful, saying sincerely that he hoped Elena died. Stefan went to Bonnie's grandmother Sheila Bennett who helped him find Elena and Bonnie held captive by Ben McKittrick who had been turned by Anna. For the sake of getting Damon out of town, the Bennetts agreed to open the tomb. Damon took Elena in with him so they wouldn't close the tomb with him inside. However, the witches hadn't broken Emily's spell and when Stefan went in to save Elena, he couldn't get out of the tomb. The Bennetts broke the spell to let him out. To Damon's disbelief, Katherine wasn't in the tomb at all and later learned from Anna's mother Pearl that Katherine had never been in the tomb and didn't care about Damon.
Stefan and Elena were both worried about Damon's behavior after finding out the Katherine never gave a damn. While researching her mother Isobel, it was revealed that she had been Alaric Saltzman's wife and that Damon had killed her. Elena was angry and confronted him. She and Stefan left the Mystic Grill to find a stranger who warned them to stop searching for Isobel, meaning she was alive—or at least, undead. He committed suicide after delivering the message.
Wanting her life to be normal without any vampires except Stefan and wanting to just have fun, she and Stefan accepted Caroline's invitation of a double date with herself and. At the Mystic Grill, Elena and Matt reminisced about their childhood memories, much to Stefan's amusement and Caroline's disappointment. While walking back from the bathroom, a man called her "Katherine" but said he mistook her for someone else when he heard Caroline call her "Elena". Elena told Stefan, but the man had already left. They all had fun until arriving at the Salvatore Boarding House to find Damon making out with Matt's mom Kelly Donovan. Elena left with Caroline and spoke to Stefan on the phone when she got home. He decided not to tell her he and Damon were attacked by two vampires after she left, one of them being the guy who called her Katherine.
Elena remained hostile towards Damon. While Stefan went out to feed on animals, he was attacked by the tomb vampires. Damon got worried and informed Elena who had no clue where he was. Damon went to Miss Gibbons House and saw that the vampires were torturing Stefan in revenge for killing Bethanne, Frederick's girlfriend. Samantha Gibbons was compelled never to let Damon in and he had to watch helplessly as they took Stefan away. He went back to his car and told Elena had Stefan was their prisoner. Elena decided she was going in to get Stefan, but Damon believed it would be too risky. They went to Alaric who agreed to help because Damon had lied to him. Elena didn't want to remain in the car so she took a vervain dart and went to the house. She came across an angry Damon along the way and they found a tortured Stefan, who convinced Damon not to kill Harper, another vampire who had tried to stop the others from hurting him.
Elena took Stefan away from the house and to the car, but they were attacked by Fredrick who stuck a branch in Stefan, badly wounding him. Elena shot him with a vervain dart and removed the branch. Seeing that Stefan was severely weak, she forced him to drink her blood to get stronger. Stefan refused, but eventually gave in and ferociously killed Frederick. His behavior had frightened Elena, as she had never seen him like that before. He thanked her afterwards for saving him and said he never wanted her to see that side of him. Elena believed had gone back to normal but the memory was still unsettling. Unknown to her however, Stefan had grown a craving for human blood and Damon found him drinking out the blood he had taken from the blood bank.
Stefan kept his new secret away from Elena, but she noticed he started to act livelier than he had before. At the Founder's Day Kick-Off Party, Stefan persuaded the DJ to play better music than what was assigned and danced with Matt's mother, Kelly, and Elena. They accidentally bumped into Duke, who rudely spoke to Elena for what had happened. This angered Stefan and he compelled Duke to apologize twice since the first time was unsatisfactory. This started to worry Elena.
Stefan was Elena's escort to the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant but his craving for blood led him to steal from the blood bank. This news was reported to Damon by Sheriff Forbes and he alerted Elena to the new situation. Stefan walked in on the conversation but his attempt to assure Elena that he would be fine failed. Frustrated, he broke the mirror in the bathroom and was interrupted by Amber Bradley, another contestant. Stefan compelled her to not be afraid and took her away from the event, leaving Damon to take his place as Elena's escort. Stefan remained confused and angry and eventually compelled Amber to be frightened and run, but caught up and fed on her. Elena and Damon arrived to see what Stefan had done and with Bonnie's help, Stefan fled the scene without Amber remembering what happened.
For Stefan's own good, Elena went to Alaric and asked for one of his vervain darts, which she injected into Stefan to weaken him. She and Damon locked Stefan in the basement until the effects of human blood left his system. However, Stefan was guilt-ridden about the recent events and wanted to die. He refused to drink the animal blood he was given and Damon explained to Elena how they had finally become vampires: Stefan had transformed first and persuaded Damon to do so afterwards. Stefan believed that he was responsible for making a monster of his brother and every bad thing that had happened was his fault. He tried to scare Elena, but was unsuccessful. She left his door open so when he was ready to talk, he could come upstairs. But Stefan left his ring behind and went to the quarry where he and Damon had been during transitioning and Elena arrived. Stefan felt guilt and pain for what he had done, but he also felt the constant craving for blood and worried that one day he may not be able to control it any longer and hurt her. Elena knew that would never happen and gave him his ring back with two choices: throw the ring away and wait for the sun to rise and die, or wear the ring and fight the cravings he had. Stefan chose the latter.
Not long afterwards, Isobel Saltzman came to town with a mission: to get the device for Katherine. Stefan kept a watchful eye on Elena and Isobel at The Grill where Isobel told Elena to get the device from Damon. After renewing her friendship with Bonnie, Elena managed to get the device from Damon and had Bonnie remove the spell cast upon it. Bonnie of course, knew that Grams would never have done it, so she faked that she had and Elena gave the device to Katherine. Isobel told Elena that Damon loved her and as long as she had a Salvatore with her, she was doomed. After Isobel left, Elena embraced Stefan with relief as Damon watched on.
Stefan was Elena's escort Founder's Day Parade. He told Elena what Damon had told him, and that it was a possibility that her uncle, John Gilbert, was her biological father, something Elena didn't want to believe. By the time night fell, Elena was still upset about her fight with Jeremy, but Damon arrived to tell them that the tomb vampires were in the crowd, wanting revenge on the founding families. Elena and Stefan went to find Jeremy when the device was set of by John. Stefan was also affected and Elena, with the help of Alaric, took him to safety. She was confused about how the device had worked and Stefan believed that Bonnie had never really removed the spell. The two went to rescue Damon from being burned to death with the help of Bonnie who was able to calm the fire long enough for Stefan to retrieve his brother. Stefan was worried that Elena may fall in love with Damon but she reassured him that he was the one she loved. Elena went back to school to get her things to find that they were missing and someone had taken them. Elena told Stefan this when she came home and entered the house to hear a noise coming from the kitchen.
After Katherine's attack at her house, Elena called Stefan, worried about Jeremy. He examined Jeremy to see whether he became a vampire or not, confirming he hadn't. Elena was upset about what Jeremy wanted and stopped Stefan when he handled Jeremy roughly. She left Jeremy in Stefan's care while she went to check up on Caroline. In her absences, Katherine returned to the house, but did not fool Stefan like she had Damon. Elena and Damon arrived just as Katherine escaped Stefan's wrath.
Damon explained how he attempted to kiss Elena, angering Stefan, but Elena managed to calm him by reminding him it was Katherine. They went to the hospital together to see John, but he wasn't pleasant towards them and openly insulted vampires, wishing that Elena would kill Stefan. His rudeness offended Elena and she left, but Stefan remained behind and became hostile. He threatened John to leave, or otherwise, Stefan would turn him into a vampire himself. Elena was not fooled by what Stefan had done and was grateful for it. Stefan went to try and find Katherine, but when he angered her, she stabbed him. Elena cleaned his wound.
He went back to the Gilberts' house and consoled Elena when Damon killed Jeremy out of rage because Elena denied his advances. When Jeremy came back to life, Stefan again confirmed that he was still human, much to Elena's great relief.
Elena wanted to have an ordinary day with Stefan at the carnival: no vampires, no Damon, with the exception of her boyfriend. This was unavoidable when Caroline was killed by Katherine and revealed a vampire. Stefan disagreed with Damon on killing her, but secretly knew it was right after what happened to Vicki Donovan. They protected Caroline from Damon who told them that the consequences were theirs.
Stefan and Elena discussed Elena's going to Duke University with Damon and Alaric. Stefan thought it was good for her to find out more about her heritage and admitted he hated that fact she was going. He saw her off, giving her a passionate goodbye kiss to make Damon uncomfortable.
Katherine almost fooled Stefan as Elena, but he saw through her. He interrogated her for the rest of the day, but she got the upper hand and met Elena in the boarding house living room. Stefan rushed in and Katherine out, leaving the two alone. Stefan embraced Elena in relief and they went to the Mystic Grill where Caroline apologized for her behavior to Elena and eavesdropped on their conversation. Stefan and Elena argued about how Katherine was trying to get between them and after Stefan said she had, Elena responding by leaving. However, Stefan appeared at her house, revealing that the fight was an act to prove Caroline was working for Katherine. They decided to fake their break-up and force everyone to believe the lie.
They continued their relationship facade until they openly 'broke up'. Mason spiked Damon's drink with vervain, so Stefan and Damon went after him, but were shot by Sheriff Forbes and her deputies, and injected with vervain. Caroline knew something was up and she and Elena went to find out. They found Liz torturing Damon with Stefan lying unconscious. Elena ran in and Caroline followed, killing the deputies. Elena held Stefan as he started to recover from his wounds. After he fed on animal blood, he and Elena got into an argument about Stefan drinking human blood, due to the fact that last time he had human blood, he'd ended up addicted to it. Elena disapproved, but Damon told her that Stefan needed that blood, to be stronger. She went to speak to him again, and Stefan told her he had to try to control himself and learn to drink a little blood everyday. Elena agreed and cut herself, deciding that they were going to do this together, allowing Stefan to drink a some of her blood before kissing him passionately.
Unbeknownst to Stefan, Elena was also searching for the moonstone with Bonnie and Caroline's assistance. She, worried about how Damon and Bonnie were doing and unable to be patient, repeatedly texted him and he later called her, saying that they were fine. Later on, she and Stefan figured out that the moonstone was hidden in a well, which turned out to be the one that Bonnie and Caroline used to play at when they were young. Stefan jumped in, but the water was contaminated with vervain. He screamed for Elena's help, and she went into the well to save her boyfriend. She wrapped the chains around Stefan and Caroline pulled him up while Elena retrieved the moonstone after encountering a snake that Mason had possibly planted there. She then fed her blood to a severely weakened Stefan, assuring him that everything was fine and that she had retrieved the moonstone.
After Katherine had compelled Jenna to stab herself, a traumatized Elena was terrified by the possibility that she could kill everyone she loved just because she and Stefan were together. She visited a tearful Stefan at the Boarding house, saying that she'd been selfish because of her love for him. She kissed him one last time and, feeling as if she had no other choice, ended their relationship before leaving in tears.
Due to Jenna's incident, Stefan decided it was time to kill Katherine and worked out a plan with Alaric, Jeremy, Damon, Caroline and Bonnie, without Elena's knowledge. When she finally discovered that they were setting their plan into motion, she was surprised and worried about their safety. She headed to the masquerade ball, but when Katherine was stabbed multiple times during her fight with Stefan and Damon, she began bleeding to due one of Lucy's spells. When the fight ended, Katherine was incapacitated by a spell that Lucy had put on the moonstone and placed into the tomb, with a seal that prevented her from escaping.
Stefan later assured Elena that Katherine was gone forever, clearly wanting to resume their relationship, but this did not change anything, even though she still loved him. She told him that she couldn't be with him until she knew for sure that her family was safe again, putting them before her love for him. Stefan was upset by this, but understood her reasons.
However, he was unaware that Elena had been kidnapped. He had Bonnie use a locating spell, using Jeremy's blood due to his relation to Elena, and discovered that she was 300 miles away from Mystic Falls. After Bonnie sent Elena a message that told her that Stefan and Damon were coming for her, she was relieved. Once they did so, Stefan gave her a vervain bomb, which she threw at Elijah in self-defense and Damon eventually "staked" him. She ran into Stefan's arms, grateful that she was safe again.
Stefan was worried about Elena's safety when he couldn't find her anywhere, given the fact that she'd recently been kidnapped. He later discovered her in the tomb just after the end of her conversation with Katherine, and warned her not to believe anything she said. However, Elena and Katherine knew it was the truth. At her house, a hysterical Elena came to the realization that she put her loved ones in danger just because she was Katherine's doppelgänger and he consoled her as she cried.
When Jeremy attempted to retrieve the moonstone from Katherine, she attacked him and this forced Stefan to intervene. He tossed Jeremy out of Katherine's reach, trapping himself in the tomb. A devastated Elena tried to visit him, but Damon wouldn't allow it. After she departed, Stefan requested that she be kept away from the tomb, and he and Damon promised to protect Elena, despite her decision to turn herself in to Klaus.
Elena negotiated with Elijah for the security plan, and she asked one favor from him: to free Stefan from the tomb. After he was released, Stefan went to Elena's bedroom and she was ecstatic to see him, and ran into his arms, initiating a passionate kiss and resuming their relationship.
After Stefan's return, he debated with Elena about whether he should contact Isobel, who could help them research more about Klaus, but Elena refused the idea. Stefan went ahead with it anyway and John reappeared in town.
Elena and Stefan went on a romantic getaway at the Gilbert Lake House, where Elena discovered the existence of more Gilbert Journals. They recorded a few of Stefan's ripper days and Stefan explained to her that it was a time when Stefan wanted revenge on the Founding Families, but Lexi took him under her wing when she discovered him. During their stay there, they were tracked by the werewolves so they could capture the doppelgänger and break the curse in their favor. However, they failed and were killed. Elena read the journals and discovered the dagger with white ash wood can kill an Original. She was upset when she realized that Stefan and Damon planned to use the dagger to kill Elijah and argued with Stefan about the matter where he said her sacrifice would be tragic, not heroic.
Alaric stabbed the dagger into Elijah, killing him, but when he removed the dagger, Elijah came back to life. Elena fooled Elijah but stabbing herself and when he tried to heal her, she stabbed him with the dagger, revealing that Damon had gotten to the lake house in time. Stefan then used his blood to heal Elena. On their return back to town, the warlocks, Luka and Jonas Martin, try to bring Elijah back, resulting in Luka's death. Jonas went after Elena, but since Katherine was freed from the tomb due the Elijah's death, she was able to take Elena's place and eventually killed Jonas with Stefan's help.
Elena and Stefan attended the 60's dance together, not knowing that Bonnie and Damon have a plan to trick Klaus. Jonas returned Bonnie her powers before he died, and information that could help them against Klaus. Damon kept it a secret from Stefan, knowing he would tell Elena, which he did eventually. The plan was for Bonnie to "die", but, in reality, it was a spell to fake her death. Elena was horrified and heartbroken at first, but after learning the truth, she recovered quickly, happy that Bonnie was alright although furious with Damon.
Elena released Elijah from his death, much to the outrage and shock of the brothers. When Elena returned home to comfort Jenna (who found out Stefan was a vampire), but Damon wouldn't let Elena return to Elijah. Stefan found it in himself to trust Elena and let her leave, but when she came back with Elijah, she found the brothers in a fight, caused by Stefan saying he had Elena's respect while Damon did not. Stefan apologized to Elijah for the death plan, for Elena, while Damon didn't, much to Elena's disappointment.
Damon didn't trust Elijah's plan to save Elena, and decided to force Elena to drink his blood so she would come back as a vampire. Stefan and Damon fought about this, Stefan being furious that Damon was taking away Elena's life. Stefan later took Elena on a hike to enjoy her last few hours of human life. By the end of the day, Elena broke down in tears, confessing that she had no desire to be a vampire at all.
Returning to the boarding house, Klaus was there waiting for her. Stefan reluctantly let Elena go with Klaus, but was worried for her safety, upset about what was happening. The Salvatores learn that Katherine tricked Jenna into leaving her house where she was kidnapped by Klaus and turned into a vampire for the sacrifice. Stefan tried to trade places with her, but failed. He and Elena were horrified when she was killed. Klaus wounded Stefan so he was unable to anything while he drained Elena of blood. Damon arrived and killed Klaus' witch, Greta Martin, and carried Elena's body away from the scene while Stefan and Bonnie waited for Elijah to kill Klaus. However, Elijah failed his end of the deal when he helped Klaus escape after discovering that their family's bodies weren't lost forever.
Damon told Stefan of his werewolf bite and asked him not to tell Elena. Stefan turned to Bonnie to see if she could find a cure, but he ended up having to go to Klaus. He made a deal to becomes Klaus's wingman so Klaus would give him the werewolf cure: his blood. Katherine delivered the cure to Damon who was being cared for by Elena. Stefan left town with Klaus, leaving Elena with Damon.
In The Birthday, dor some months until her birthday, Elena desperately tried searching for Stefan despite Caroline's efforts to get her to move on. In Elena's birthday, with a tired and sick expression, Stefan called her ,but when she picked up he remained silent. Elena immediately realized who is on the phone and she told him that he would be okay, that she loved him and for him to hold on that and never let it go.
In The End of the Affair, Elena finally found Stefan. She stayed at Stefan's old apartment & hid from Klaus and Stefan. Younger Salvatore noticed Elena in the storage & saved her life by taking wine & distracting Klaus. Later, Stefan & Elena had converation, they hugged & Elena tried to shoot him with a vervain dart. Stefan was faster & avoided her attactk. He said to her, that he doesn't want to come back. He wanted to protect her in this way.
In Disturbing Behavior, In Chicago, Klaus uses Gloria the witch to find out why his hybrids aren't turning out the way he planned and Gloria discovers that Stefan is hiding the fact that the doppelgänger is still alive. She sees his memories & discovers that he is still in love with her.
In The Reckoning, Klaus compelled Stefan to kill Elena if the clock reached 0. Stefan showed great strength when he fought the compulsion and told Elena to run. Unfortunately, Klaus then used compulsion one last time and ordered Stefan to turn his emotions off. Stefan was forced to attack Elena. He bit Elena and almost killed her. In the end of the episode, Stefan is shown back at the Salvatore boarding house, saying as Klaus left town, he's been ordered to keep Elena safe (for the reason that her blood is needed to create hybrids).
In Smells Like Teen Spirit, Stefan goes back to school and has moved back to Salvatore Boarding House again, staying behind to keep an eye on Elena, and "guard" her for Klaus. Elena, Damon and Alaric later formulate a plan to catch Stefan off guard and lock him up, to try and restore him to his normal self. The plan fails thanks to Vicki interfering and trying to kill Elena, but Elena does see a glimmer of hope for Stefan: that there may still be a part of him left. Stefan later asks Elena why did she save him from the burning car, and calls her pathetic when she says she still has hope, causing his ex-girlfriend to stab him.
In Ghost World, Stefan is knocked out by Lexi and dragged to the Lockwood's old jail cell where she attempts to "fix him" by giving him false visions of himself hungry and starving blood. He is under the illusion that he has had nothing to drink in years. This happens with Elena's hesitant support-eventually, she has to leave the room when the torture comes to be too much for her.
Later that night, when Elena goes to leave the jail cell, Stefan remarks that he wondered when she was going to give up and that Lexi had given her a glimpse into her "tragic" future. She goes back over to him and says that she hasn't given up hope but that if he didn't get his back and fight, he would lose her forever. "I won't love a ghost for the rest of my life", she says to him, before leaving.
In The Homecoming, Stefan makes a deal with Klaus to get his humanity back if he would deliver the body of Mikael to him. Unbeknownst to Klaus, Stefan, Elena and Damon had made a plan to kill Klaus and break the compulsion Stefan was under. However, before the plan was about to be executed, Katherine arrives and tells Stefan that if he wanted to go through with the plan, Klaus would have Damon killed. Stefan jumps on Damon knocking him off Klaus at the last second and takes off with Katherine. He says that he doesn't want to get his humanity back, that it was too painful. Back at the Salvatore mansion, Damon is furious that their plan had broken apart and that they would never get Stefan back. Elena tells Damon that they would have to let him go, then.
In Our Town, in an effort to get Klaus to back off and remove his hybrids from Mystic Falls, Stefan kidnaps Elena and feeds her his blood, telling Klaus that if he doesn't tell his hybrids to back off he would drive off Wickery Bridge so that Elena would die and turn into a vampire. Klaus tells him to stop the car, that he would call off the hybrids. Elena jumps out of the car and yells tearfully at Stefan, asking him how he could drive over that bridge, knowing that her parents had died and that she had almost died with them. Stefan tells her that destroying Klaus is all he has left. Elena tells him that 'he had her' and Stefan responds by saying that he lost her the minute he left town with Klaus, that she just hadn't admitted that to herself yet. She asks him if he was doing all this just so that he could make her hate him, Stefan responds by saying that he didn't really care what she thought of him anymore.
In The Ties That Bind, Elena reunites with Stefan at Bonnie's mother's place and Stefan expressed anger at her for coming here. Affronted by Stefan's hostile attitude, Elena tells him just how horrible he was becoming and Stefan simply said it had to be this way. Soon after, Stefan is shot by wood from a shotgun while Elena was tied up. Eventually breaking out of it, she rushed to help Stefan and was forced to remove the wood from his chest. Once she was done, Stefan noted that she had changed from the way she was before. Elena then takes the opportunity to tell him about kissing Damon since she felt guilty he was unaware of it. Clearly pained and stunned by this information, Stefan walked away for her and said nothing. Elena followed him and begged him to say something to her. Stefan finally speaks up and apologized for what he did to her on the bridge, admitting that he had went too far but he also scolded her for lying about going to see Abby as it was too dangerous for her to do so while Klaus was still around. Elena understands him concerns, and tells him that she never intended to kiss Damon. Stefan, still hurt, told her that she was better than both him and Damon before driving away in his car. He soon after sees his brother and punches him for kissing Elena, angry with him.
In Dangerous Liaisons, it is learned that Elena had been invited to the Mikaelson Family home for a ball and that the mother, Esther has requested an audience with her. Stefan and Elena agree that she should meet with Esther while Damon doesn't want her to go. They all end up showing up to the ball and Elena is escorted in by both brothers. Later, Stefan watches as Damon and Elena begin to dance but as the waltz shifts to a sequence that switches partners, Elena runs into Stefan.
They dance and while the energy is intense they share a light hearted chat about Stefan's usual lack of enthusiasm for dancing. The subject then switches to Damon and Stefan tells Elena that Damon needs to figure out that she can look out for herself. Elena tells Stefan she needs to talk to him and she asks for his help in getting her into the room with Esther alone. She mentions that he cares about killing Klaus more than anything and Stefan says she's not wrong, though he has a conflicted look in his expression.
Elena mentions her appreciation that he still at least lets her make her own decisions. Stefan helps Elena and later takes her home. They talk about Damon's self destructive behavior that night. Elena says she said something she didn't mean and Stefan admits that he did too. Stefan says goodbye and as he walks out Elena stops him and asks how he can't feel anything and tells him that feeling anything is better than acting like he doesn't care. Stefan reveals that he can't because he hates himself for what he did to her. He says "If I let myself care, all I feel is pain," and then leaves.
In All My Children, Stefan and Damon are given an ultimatum from Elijah that puts Elena in danger so they turn to Meredith and Alaric for help which ends up being a terrible choice.
In 1912, Finally, Elena comes across Stefan drinking human blood(coaxed by Damon) and horrified, quickly leaves. While discussing her feelings for the Salvatore brothers with Matt, Elena confesses that she fell in love with Stefan because she felt safe and knew that he would never stop loving her. Never die either like her parents did but she also admits that Damon got under her skin and she couldn't shake him off, no matter what she did.
In Break On Through, When Damon informs Elena of Stefan’s latest struggles, she reaches out to Stefan to help her save a friend in danger, in hopes that it will help bring Stefan even closer to his humanity.
In The Murder of One, Elena and Stefan confront each other and Elena admits to him that she never once stopped loving him, despite all the things he's done. Stefan says he knows that, and everything that happened is his fault. Stefan confesses that he loves her and always will but to also tell him the truth about her feelings for Damon. Elena tells him she doesn't know what she feels for him. Unsatisfied with her answer, Stefan quickly leaves.
In Heart of Darkness, Stefan is convinced that Elena has some feelings for Damon. He suggests to Elena that he go to Colorado with Damon to find Jeremy. During the episode, Rose tells Jeremy that Stefan's love for Elena is pure.
In Do Not Go Gentle, Caroline convinces Elena to ask Stefan to go to the decade dance with her. During the dance Elena and Stefan slow dance for a little while until Damon tells them that Alaric has been taken over by The Darkness and wants to kill him. After Alaric is turned into a vampire and refuses to complete the transition, Elena is distraught. Elena starts to clean out Alaric's desk of all his vampire slayer weapons, but Stefan takes her to the gym hall. Elena tells Stefan how she doesn't have anybody anymore and he says, "You have me."
In Before Sunset, Stefan saves Elena from Klaus. Stefan makes a promise to Damon that if Elena chooses Damon then he will leave town.
In The Departed, Stefan comes back to Mystic Falls leaving Damon to drop Klaus' body somewhere after Elena has a minor concussion. Stefan says Elena should be able to make her own decisions after Matt questions Elena's decision to stay in Mystic Falls. Before Stefan leaves to take the stake from Alaric, he promises Elena to do everything he can to come back to her. After he makes the promise, he kisses Elena, and says, "In case there is no later." Matt then gets Elena in his car and are driving when they find out Klaus is dead.
Elena insists that they go back and Matt tells her that Damon isn't in Mystic Falls. When Elena calls Damon, she confesses that she loves Stefan. Elena has at that point in her life, chooses Stefan. Rebekah calls Stefan and tells him that she wants to kill Alaric and in order to do that she has to kill Elena. Rebekah stands in the middle of Wickery Bridge and Elena tells Matt to watch out. It is too late and Matt swerves off of the Wickery Bridge. Elena and Matt then are trapped in the car in the river beneath the Wickery Bridge and water starts to fill up the car. Elena starts to remember the first time Stefan saved her when she was with her parents. Then it flashes back to current day and Matt's car is completely immersed in water.
Stefan comes and tries to save Elena, but Elena tells Stefan to save Matt instead of her. Elena then drowns shortly after Stefan saves Matt. Damon then comes to the hospital and Meredith tells him that Elena came to the hospital she had a serious brain injury and that Meredith Fell gave her vampire blood to heal the wounds. However, the vampire blood was still in Elena's system when she died. Stefan is sitting next to Elena's dead body in tears when suddenly Elena awakens, taking her first breaths as a vampire in transition.
In Growing Pains, Elena becomes fully conscious and is horrified and distraught that she has indeed become a vampire and is in transition. As she deals with the painful, intense process of being in transition, Stefan is there for her. Admitting to Damon that he made a mistake in letting Elena die and would regret it the rest of his life, he apologizes to Elena that she has to go through this. Elena, however, disagrees, telling him that he saved Matt and was respecting her decisions like he always did. As Elena soon after starts to cry, Stefan holds her and promises that he and Bonnie will do all in the power to stop the process.
Soon after, Elena gets kidnapped by the people Alaric had rounded up to destroy vampires and puts her in a cell, believing her to be one as well. Stefan also gets taken and as Bonnie's efforts to bring her back fail, thanks to her grandmother, Elena admits to him that she is dying as she still didn't feed. Stefan is upset by this and tells her that Damon was right in saying that she should've feed earlier. She softly and tiredly says that he had hope and that's all she ever wanted him to have. Stefan tells her he loves her and in reply, Elena reveals to him that she was on Wickery Bridge because she choose Stefan over Damon, and that it was the best choice she ever made. Stefan is choked up by this.
In the end though, Elena goes through with her transition and later is seen on the roof with him. They contemplate what the future holds and the challenges that await them but as Stefan gives her a daylight ring, she is touched. Elena tells him that they'll get through this together and we'll be with each other forever, like they always wanted. They hold each other and take comfort in each other's presence.
In Memorial, Stefan decides to get Elena on animal blood like him, fearing that she'll go off the deep end like he did if she drinks human blood. He also hopes to spare her the intense guilt she'd feel if she killed a person, which might make her resort to shutting off her humanity. Damon and Stefan once again argue over what's best for her. Damon believes that she should just be a vampire and drink human blood from the vein. Elena goes with Stefan's plan, and great sexual tension shown between them in the woods as they practice darting wooden stakes. All is going well, and Elena feeds on a deer, only for her to cough up the blood right after. She does not tell Stefan this though, not wanting to ruin his uncharacteristic happy mood for their "success". So she instead contacts Damon, telling him her problems, and he manipulates her starvation by getting her to feed off him for the blood.
Stefan soon finds out from Damon that Elena lied to him and was starving, unable to keep down any blood. He is visibly hurt and jealous, especially when told that she had fed off Damon. As Elena struggles even more and with a hunter on the loose in the Church during the funeral for the dead townspeople, Stefan nevertheless comforts her and allows her to feed off Matt a bit so she can survive. Despite this, he was still jealous and angry (even punching Damon in the face when feigning to help him up after fighting the hunter) and confronts Elena over this. She admits she lied but only because she believed Damon would understand more where she was coming from and that she didn't want to ruin Stefan's happiness. He, however, is wounded by this information, upset that she had thought he wouldn't understand and bluntly said he was suffering just as much because she was suffering. Elena apologizes and that she never wanted to hurt him, being brought to tears in the process.
She rants to him about how she feels like she is always crying since her parents died and that her life is a never-ending funeral as everyone around her dies. She confesses that what's heightened for her is that she feels everyone's grief and she can't ignore it. Stefan then takes her and the rest of their friends to light Japanese floating lanterns, a sign of letting got of the past, in an attempt to ease her pain.
In The Rager, While in class, Rebekah sees this as the perfect excuse to throw a housewarming/curfew-ditch party. She invites the entire student body of Mystic Falls High — including Elena and Stefan. But the sight of her gives Elena the full-on rage. The two vampires exchange words, then Elena throws a pencil at Rebekah. The Original catches it and tosses it back, staking Elena in the shoulder. “I hate her,” Elena growls as she storms out of the room, with Stefan by her side. “I didn't think I was capable of hate. But. I. Hate. Her. ... And I hate that I hate her.”
Minutes after she arrives at Rebekah’s bastion of under-aged drinking, Elena again gets the rage and obsesses over Klaus’ sister. Rebekah knows this and plays it for laughs. Downstairs, Rebekah smoothly lifts Elena’s day ring off her finger and throws it into the garbage disposal, leaving Elena awkwardly exposed. Elena’s rage sharpens into a murderous point. Armed with the White Oak stake, she tells Stefan that she plans to kill Rebekah. Stefan responds by reminding her that taking out an Original isn't’t just murdering one vampire. It is killing every vampire that she sired.
After they leave the party, Stefan and Elena go on a motorcycle ride. Elena realizes something is wrong a few minutes after stopping. They are just about to take things to the next level, when instead of seeing her beloved Stefan, she sees her be-lusted, Damon. Elena pushes "Damon" off of her and Stefan is bewildered and confused, wondering what is wrong. After Stefan realizes that Elena has been poisoned with the werewolf venom Connor stole from Tyler, he calls and asks Klaus to save her. Klaus believes Elena might be worth something to him after all, and agrees.
In The Five, Elena makes sure to inform Stefan of her trip with Damon and Bonnie to Whitmore College, where Bonnie's grandmother had taught, as she doesn't want him to suspect any foul play. While Bonnie is busy, Elena is encouraged by Damon to practice feeding from the vein. Though at first Elena is positive she can't go through with it, she chooses her victim in a college class. But after she sees a photo of the girl on her phone with her sister, Elena's compassion stops her. That night, Damon, Elena, and Bonnie attend a themed fraternity party, ‘Murder House’. After a while, Elena starts to enjoy herself as she repeatedly chooses her victims, feed, and compels them to forget the incident. She doesn't realize how caught up she is in it, until Bonnie sees her. Bonnie gives Damon a reprimanding for letting Elena let loose like that, but Damon is anything but apologetic.
Later, Damon accompanies her home and she apologizes for letting things get out of hand at the party. She unintentionally hurts his feelings by saying she hates thinking that he’s right about what a vampire is supposed to be. “Because you don’t want to be like me,” Damon finishes. Damon and Elena are interrupted when Stefan opens the door and greets the both of them. Damon leaves both Stefan and Elena on the porch. Stefan asks Elena how everything went. Elena tells Stefan that she learned how to feed without hurting anyone. However, she tells Stefan that she got caught up in the blood and in the feeding and almost lost control.
Stefan tries to reassure her that the feeding will get easier with time. Elena then slowly starts to break down as she confesses to Stefan that she is becoming something that she doesn't want to become; she is feeling things that she doesn't want to feel. Elena tells Stefan that she doesn't think that she is going to make it, and survive being a vampire. Stefan comforts her and tells her that she will get through it, and that she just as to hold on. Stefan holds onto her affectionately as Elena tries to calm down.
In The Killer, at home, Elena is narrating the first diary entry she's written since her change into a vampire. The side effects of being a new vampire include hopelessness, depression, anger, and fear. "Dear diary, I know it's been a while. A long while. I haven't needed... I haven't wanted to write this stuff down. But I don't want to say it out loud either. The thing is, I'm a vampire. And I hate it." ... “But most of all I’m scared,” she writes. Damon comes to see Elena, hoping to find Stefan, because Stefan is dodging his calls. Elena still has not told Stefan about the party with Damon. Damon knows she's in a shame spiral filled with new vampire remorse, but Elena still won't admit it to anyone but her diary. When Stefan won't answer a call from Elena's cell, they realize something must be wrong.
Later, they go to the Lockwood mansion, and make up a plan to kill Connor. Stefan arrives and Elena goes to greet him with a hug. Stefan listens to Damon's plan and rejects it, and tells him that he is the one to fix this. Later on, with Stefan, Damon wonders why Stefan is making references to Klaus in his plan. He says he's going to make a move with or without Stefan, so Stefan vervains Damon with some of Alaric's stash.
Stefan doesn't tell Elena the truth, being to sworn to secrecy by Klaus—he says he is worried that Damon would get Jeremy out, and then go after Connor with no regard for Matt and April's lives. But in truth, he wants to prevent Damon from killing Klaus and thus ruining the chance to cure Elena of her vampirism. Elena wants to go with Stefan to rescue her brother and friends, but he tells her she won't be able to handle the guilt if she has to defend herself and kill Connor.
Later however, Elena, in a rage, finds Connor in the tunnels where Stefan left him. She bites his neck and warns, "Stay the hell away from my brother." Connor drops to his knees and calls Elena the biggest monster Jeremy will ever meet. He tries to stake her while he talks to her. "You missed," she says, and snaps his neck.
Stefan and Damon show up as Elena is burying Connor in the woods, sobbing, and angry at Stefan for lying to her. After taking a tortured shower, Elena writes in her journal some more about how the worst feeling isn't when you lose someone, it's when you lose yourself. She starts seeing drops of blood, then splotches that lead her into the bathroom. Blood is everywhere. Written on the mirror is "Killer". Elena tries to back away from the mirror, but slips on the floor because of all the blood. When Elena looks back down to the floor, she sees no blood, and she gets back to her feet. She then looks at the mirror to see the message, but all she sees was her own reflection. Thus begins the haunting that ensues when one kills one of the Five.
In We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes, Elena and Stefan break up, after Elena tells Stefan that her feelings for Damon became magnified when she became a vampire. Stefan tells her that he understands why she feels this way for Damon when he himself was gone, but he doesn't understand why she still has these strong feelings for Damon.
In My Brother's Keeper, Stefan saves Elena from being killed by Jeremy, who is now one of the Five. The reason of that, was Stefan's actions - he forced Jeremy to kill vampire to complete the tattoo - a map to the cure. After conversation with Stefan, Elena got angry & told Stefan that he doesn't have to love her like this (as vampire), and that's she's changed and he needs to let go. She tells him that the Elena he loves died on the bridge.
In O Come, All Ye Faithful, Caroline admits to Stefan that Damon and Elena are together as a couple & already slept together - just one night after breakup . Stefan is angry & heartbroken.
In After School Special, when trapped in the school by Rebekah, she plays a little game of truth or dare, with Caroline, Elena and Stefan and compels them. She forces Elena in front of a heartbroken Stefan to confess that she didn't sleep with Damon because of the sire bond, but because she is in love with him. She admits that while she still loves Stefan, she is no longer in love with him, because she feels Stefan only sees her has a project, a thing that needs fixing. She says that if she is honest, when he looks at her, all he sees is a broken toy. This leaves Stefan heartbroken. After Rebekah calls Tyler to tell him that she has Caroline, he turns up at the school.
Once there, she forces him to turn, as Tyler begs Stefan, Elena and Caroline to leave before he hurts them. At this point Rebekah disappears with Kol to torture Shane about the whereabouts of the cure. Stefan and Elena find a room where they lock themselves in to get away from Tyler. Elena tells him they need to talk, but Stefan doesn't want to know, telling her there is nothing to talk about. He asks her how many more ways can she rip his heart out.
Elena tearfully says she's sorry for everything's she's done to hurt him, but Stefan says nothing. Rebekah turns up in the room and tells Elena that she can make Stefan forget everything about her, all his love for her and every kiss they shared. Stefan tells her to do it, which stuns Elena, and she begs him not to let Rebekah do it. Rebekah refuses to anyway, as it would be too easy. She tells him she wants him to live with the pain, like she has for last 900 years. Rebekah tells them they can leave and walks away. Stefan looks at Elena one last time and then leaves, she goes after him, but he just walks on.
In Catch Me If You Can, when Damon is compelled by Kol to kill Jeremy, Elena calls Stefan for help, but Rebekah answers. Elena tells Stefan that even though he may not care about her any more, he should at least care what happens to Jeremy. Stefan doesn't answer this, and Elena hangs up.
However, when Damon does try to kill Jeremy, Stefan speeds in to stop him. In order to stop Damon, he locks him in the cellar and drains him of blood to weaken him. There, he tells Damon that once the cure is found he and Elena can do as they please, and that he no longer cares. As he walks out, Elena is there and asks if she can see Damon, but Stefan tells her no, as he will only ask her to let him out—which she will—because the sire bond. Elena asks him what he is doing with Rebekah and that his acting like he doesn't care and that isn't him, to which he replies, "That's because you've never seen me when I'm not in love with you." Elena appears to be upset by this and leaves. When Stefan returns to where Rebekah is staying, she tells him to not care, no strings attached, and they end up kissing passionately and having sex.
In A View To A Kill, Elena learns from Damon that Stefan slept with Rebekah, and looks very upset about it. In addition to this, Stefan gets closer to Rebekah after spending the whole day together.
In Into the Wild, Rebekah gave Elena the evil eye, and Elena tried to stake her. In the morning, the group had to split up: Elena had to go with Stefan and Rebekah. Rebekah and Elena continued bickering as they walked with Stefan, and the only thing that shut them up was when Elena tripped a wire and almost got herself staked. At the camp, Rebekah freaked out thinking Elena and/or Stefan had taken the headstone or was working with Shane. That makes no sense, which they were able to convince her off. Stefan said that he want the cure for himself, because being a vampire is nothing but suffering for him. Elena heard that & she offered Rebekah the white oak stake as a peace-offering. Elena said the three of them have to work together now.
In Down the Rabbit Hole, Elena and Stefan talked about the fact that he'd never told her he's always wanted to be human again, even before he met her. But Stefan referred to Elena as a friend, which made Elena happy and Rebekah concerned. Rebekah had sent Elena jumping first off a cliff so she could tell Stefan there was only one dose of the cure. She knew even if she gave it to him, he’d just give it to Elena.
She couldn't handle two against one, so she snapped his neck which Elena saw. Elena had made her way back to the top of the cliff to sit beside Stefan. As he drank from a blood bag, he told Elena about there only be one cure, and she said she couldn't’t take it above everyone else who deserved it just as much as her. She said maybe it was for the best: Even if she could be human again, she’d never be the same girl she was before Matt’s truck went off the Wickery bridge. She’d have to learn to embrace the new her and live her life. Sired to Damon, Stefan said. She’d deal with that when they got home. HOME. They realized Bonnie’s spell holding Klaus would soon wear off, and after what they did to Kol, Klaus would kill them all. They had to get the cure and ram it down his throat. Stefan and Elena caught up, and Vaughn fled through the passage. Stefan sent Elena on, and he stayed behind to try to help Damon.Later, Stefan finally caught up to bleeding Elena, who confirmed that Katherine was there.
In Stand By Me, Stefan and Elena arrived home with Jeremy’s body. Upstairs, Elena covered Jeremy in his bed, held his hand, and waited. In the kitchen, Stefan and Caroline turned on the faucet so Elena wouldn't hear them discuss how her denial was the only thing keeping her sane until they could get Damon back there to sire bond her through this. Later, Elena went upstairs and now smelled what everyone else had. Damon came in, and she wouldn't listen to him. She wanted to burn the house down with Jeremy it. It was a good cover story. Plus, she didn't want the memories of everyone she’s lost. She lit a match and dropped it when it started to burn her fingers. Luckily, Damon caught it. Elena collapsed to the floor and wailed. The pain hurt too much. She just wanted it to stop. Stefan told Damon to help her, and here’s what made this whole episode worth it: Damon told her to turn it off. And then did it. After talking, the brothers went back inside to find Elena with another lit match. Stefan tried to tell her that maybe one day she’ll want to come home, but she said she wouldn't. She dropped the match, and they walk out as the flames built. Elena and Damon don't look back. As she lets go of her memories and past.
In Bring It On, Stefan came back to school, so he could have eyes on humanity-less Elena. He followed her after letting Caroline drop to the ground, and he figured out she'd joined the squad so she could feed on the vervain-free victims who'd come in from out-of-town for the competition. Elena said they all want her to be okay so badly, they’ll hear whatever she wants them to. He had a trick up his sleeve though: He made her think he wanted to take her to a dive bar where she could have fun with few witnesses, but when she caught the helmet he tossed her, he shot her up with vervain.
When Elena woke up, Stefan compared Elena to Katherine when Elena changed out of her cheerleading uniform in front of him at Salvatore Mansion. Like Katherine, he said, Elena is now manipulating people with sex. Elena said she's nothing like Katherine, who's been on the run so long that she’s afraid of her own shadow. Elena's afraid of nothing now, she's shut everything off including her feelings for Stefan. He looked a little hurt, so she clarified: She looks at him and can see he's hot: "I remember our sex, and it was good sex. I just don’t feel anything about it anymore." She asked Stefan why he still cared about her, and he said because he brought this all into her life. She told him his whole world revolves around her—so maybe he needs to turn it off, too. Stefan asked who she was texting. The answer: Everyone. If he wouldn't let her go to a party, she'd bring the party to her. She told Caroline to take him out for a spin. Then things took a turn. Liz showed up, no doubt having received complaints about the noise. Elena threatened her. Caroline separated them, then Stefan held Caroline back from going after Elena. Elena bolted. Stefan said Elena had thrown that party to distract them so she could leave. Stefan texted Damon that Elena was AWOL and he needed help. The brothers arrived just in time to save Elena from staking Caroline after a pretty intense fight sequence in the woods.
In Pictures of You, Stefan and Damon are trying to bring Elena's humanity back. They want to take her to the prom. Later, at the night Elena is leaving Rebekah's house and Stefan gets out of a limousine carrying flowers. Elena says that doesn't need a babysitter and Stefan said that the last time he saw her she snapped the waitress' spine. Elena says it got him to stop searching for the cure and Damon shows up behind her and says that they are here to make sure she holds up her end of the deal. Damon tells her not to eat the prom queen, Damon asks if he may put the corsage on Elena she refuses and he forcefully puts it on her and compliments her on the dress. Elena thanks him and says that she stole it and gets inside the limo.
Stefan and Damon escorting Elena. Stefan shows Elena a photo of her and Matt in first day of freshman year, it switches to a photo of her and Jeremy and says that she's going to get a seizure by looking at these photos. Later Stefan finds Elena and makes her dance with him. Stefan reminds her that he's the one that hates to dance, Elena says that she finally sees why. Stefan asks Elena, that she's only here to help Rebekah get the cure and that happens to be the most sentimental night in high school. Elena asks him, if he thinks that this is her cry for help and that she'll be happy to show him what a real cry for help sounds like. Stefan asks her does she feel anything about them - she says that feels nothing. Stefan says that he doesn't believe her and she says that she doesn't care, Stefan start to dance slowly with her and asks her that she doesn't remember what it used to feel like when they danced and when his hands would touch her waist as Stefan slowly puts his hands on Elena's waist - Elena says no and Stefan holds her hand asks how does she feel their fingers would touch - Elena says she feels nothing. Then Stefan lays her down and asks her "if her heart refuses to remember?", Elena asks "what heart ?" and leaves.
In She's Come Undone, Stefan and Damon are at the house with Elena locked in the safe and Damon playing mind games with her for over an hour and still no emotional response from Elena, later brothers are in a room with Elena tied up to chair and they took her daylight ring and they plan on using sunlight to torture her and as Stefan slowly opens the curtain Elena asks if she's supposed to feel scared and Stefan said that she will be and to focus on that fear because its the key to getting her humanity back and she says that they are not gonna burn her and adds that if they get her humanity back she'll remember that they tortured her and she'll hate them for it, Damon says to work risk and Stefan opens the curtain and Elena's skin is burning and Damon extinguishes the fire
Damon extinguishes the flames and asks for any emotion so they can stop it and Elena says that she's going to kill them, Stefan says that they don't want to torture her and she can stop it and its her choice, Elena is provoking Stefan for being the one to pull back the curtain and a part of him enjoys it considering that she dumped Stefan, Damon believes that they are breaking through the tough shell and getting to the center of her humanity and asks Stefan to shed some light into the situation, Stefan is ready to reopen the curtain and Elena says its going to hurt Stefan more than it hurts her Stefan says he knows what she's going through and that she's afraid to face the guilt she feels if she turns her emotions back on and the only way to help is to make the alternative hurt even worse and Stefan opens the curtain and Elena is in pain, later Elena is still in pain from exposure to sunlight Stefan closes the curtain and Damon says she'll thank him someday and after she gets her humanity she'll know that life without emotions blew and she provokes Damon by telling him that the sire bond also blew and going everyday believing that she was in love with him and saying that he was afraid that it wasn't real and says that it wasn't, Elena says to keep torturing and she and Stefan might give their relationship another go and she exposes herself to sunlight.
Later in the episode Stefan stops Elena for feeding on Matt. Damon says, that he has had enough and he's done playing nice and tells her to turn her humanity switch or he'll kill Matt, Elena calls his bluff and he breaks Matt's neck. Elena is crying and she's sad about what happened to Matt. Later it is revealed, that he's wearing the Gilbert ring and he will come back to life. Elena get her humanity back, Damon says that she's going to be okay. She remembers what she has done and Stefan stops her and says, that he knows the stage - the emotions are over-whelming her and that she has to focus on one thing. Elena says she can't - Stefan tells her to find the thing that makes her strong and to latch on to it and channel everything she's feeling into one emotion and to let it in. Stefan is comforting Elena, she does what he asks her to. Stefan tells her to breathe it in and blow everything else out, she's screaming in pain and Damon asks her if she's okay, she says "no" but she'll get better.
In The Walking Dead, Stefan is letting Elena beat up cinder-blocks & telling her to focus on letting it go. Elena only wants to find and Kill Katherine and she asks Stefan to tell her where she is. Stefan says he doesn't know & he won't tell her even he did. Elena said, that he told to channel all of her emotions into one single feeling and he said, that he figured that it would be love or hope or compassion not the "unwavering" hate for a vampire that's 500 years older than her. Elena reminded him, that he wanted to kill Klaus after he got his humanity back. Stefan says that he couldn't and says that he thinks that she doesn't want to kill Katherine. Elena thought otherwise.
Later, Stefan stops Elena from killing Katherine and threatens her to leave before he kills her. Elena is angry at Stefan and asks him, why did he save Katherine and he said that she was linked to Bonnie, so if she would die, Bonnie would die as well. Elena didn't believe him & asks Stefan if he still has feelings for Katherine. He said it wasn't about her, it about Jeremy and he also explains that killing Katherine won't take the pain away. Its a distraction just like beating up cinder-blocks and turning off her humanity and that loss is a part of the deal of being a vampire and the he was alive for a 163 years and he lost more loved ones than he can count and it keeps hurting every single time - Elena needs to face her grieve and he says he can help her. She refused, punched him in the face and said it was like the cinder-block nothing. Later Elena is at the cemetery and Kol finds her and attacks her. Jeremy shoots him and Kol, Stefan arrives and breaks his neck. Then Stefan welcomes Elena back.
In Graduation, in conversation between Lexi & Stefan, he reveals that Elena is love of his life & if she would like come back to him - he would take her in a heartbeat. Later on, Elena thanks Stefan for always being there for her. Elena gives him The Cure by telling him that he's worse at being vampire that her, but Stefan gives it back to her. It's because he wanted to give her a choice to live normal life & it depends on her what she will choose. At the end of episode Stefan eavesdrops on Elena's confession to Damon about being in love with him, which causes Stefan to be heartbroken and shed tears. Later that night, Stefan reveals to Lexi that he is still in love with Elena and asks if Elena was the one and Lexi states that she was his epic love & always will be.
In I Know What You Did Last Summer, Stefan was hallucinating while he was trapped in the safe. The vision of Damon was trying to convince him to turn off his emotions. Stefan didn't want shut off his humanity again, he knew it will just cause more damage - like last time, where it was one of the reasons why Elena fall for Damon, which caused inevitable breakup with her. After some time, when Stefan became weaker, he started to reconsider this idea, until the vision of Elena interfered and convinced him to keep on fighting for her, which he did.
In this episode Elena started to have weird dreams about Stefan & feel strange. She wanted to call him as she felt some pit in the stomach, until Caroline stopped her & said it would not be the best idea, considering she's with his brother now & it would cause more heartbreak for Stefan. At the same time, Caroline tried to convince Elena to reconsider her decision about relationship with Damon & push her towards Stefan again, who in her opinion would take her back.
In True Lies, Stefan continued to hallucinate. He and Elena were laying with one another next to the quarry talking about how it is just another hallucination. They were kissing until Elena started coughing and water came out of her mouth. It was the moment, when Stefan woke up in the safe again. Meanwhile Elena met Silas (who pretend to be Stefan), she hugged him & said she was worried about his absence. Silas tried to make her feel guilty for leaving Stefan for Damon.
Later, under Silas compulssion Elena, tried to kill Damon - the only thing that stopped her of killing herself & Damon - were Elena's feelings for Stefan, the visions of him dying in the safe, his pain & fear. The next day, Elena decided to leave Whitmore for a few days in order to find Stefan. At the end of the episode, Sheriff Forbes took Damon and Elena to the safe that Stefan was locked in. When they opened it however, they found a dead man. It was evidient that vampire fed on him; Elena & older Salvatore realized that Stefan's bloodlust will be harder to control than ever.
In Original Sin, Elena woke up in bed after having another nightmare, after Damon asks what's wrong, she admits that it was a dream about Stefan again, but Damon says he doesn't want to know what happened. He eventually relents and she tells him that Stefan was at a bar but doesn't know where, Katherine then makes her presence revealing that she had the same dream that Stefan is in danger and desperately needs their help - they convinced Damon to help them find him.
On the road, Damon is driving with Elena & Katherine. Miss Pierce begins to taunt Elena about how all summer she has been having dreams of Stefan and yet was so interested in her relationship with Damon. At the same time Stefan discovered from Qetsiyah that he and Elena are both doppelgangers of Silas & Amara, Qetsiyah's hand-maiden who was Silas's true love. After stripping Silas of his mind control, Qetsiyah mentioned to Damon, how every version of Stefan and Elena found each other and fell in love. Later on Elena arrived in the cabin and went streight to help Stefan not even noticing Damon.
After that, Damon & Elena brought Stefan back to the Salvatore Boarding House, where Elena put Stefan's ring back on him. Stefan woke up only to reveal that he has no knowledge of who they are.
In For Whom the Bell Tolls, Stefan after losing his memories & spending time with his brother Damon, who was determined to help him recover his memory, they went to the Mystic Falls cemetery for the traditional Remembrance Day to honor the dead. As Damon had to go and left Elena and Stefan alone, they started talking about their family tragedies. Stefan asked her how they met and Elena took him to school to relive the moment.
When they were in school remembering the first time they met, a student was bleeding and passeed near Stefan, Elena realized this and took him outside of school. They spend time enjoying each other's company, Elena taught him some of her vampire skills. Stefan guessed that they were dating befroe - that's why he came back to high-school. He started asking her, why they brokeup - Elena said the reason was her becoming vampire, which changed her. Stefan wanted to know how Elena bacame vampire.
Later, she took him to the Wickery Bridge to remember time, when he saved her from dying. He told her, that when he is with her, the blood thirst disappears and he feels better. They were about to kiss but Elena told him that she's with Damon now. That made Stefan angry, he was feeling betrayed and his bloodlust returned, he disappeard leaving Elena alone. Later, in the Salvatore's mansion he was burning his diaries, when Elena and Damon arrived. Stefan said that he doesn't want to live with them in one house & be the "old" Stefan. Before he left, he promised to them that he won’t become the Ripper again and that Caroline will be checking up on him.
In Handle with Care, Stefan was located in the cabin of Qetsiyah(Tessa). After the call with Tessa, Elena was concerned about why Stefan would be fraternizing with Tessa. When she phoned Damon and Silas made sure Damon told her about how he snapped Stefan's neck a couple of times, Elena was furious.
She had gone to Tessa's cabin to talk sense into Stefan, whom she assumed had slept with Tessa. Once jealous Elena was informed that Stefan wasn't sleeping with Tessa she tried to leave the cabin & she realized that she's trapped with both of them. At the cabin, Tessa and Stefan were discussing pizza toppings when Elena explained why she was so upset: Damon's never put anyone's life before hers, so there's no way he'll spare Silas. Stefan looked hurt & started flirting with Tessa.
After some time, Elena couldn't hold it in any longer. She couldn't stand to see Stefan and Tessa flirting while he cooked for her. Elena told Stefan that even if he can't remember it, she does: Tessa isn't the kind of person he'd like. When Tessa gave them some distance, Stefan whispered so only Elena would hear him. He told her he's got this. "I know you think that I hate you, but I don’t," he said. "I won’t let her hurt you, I promise." At sundown, Stefan knifed Tessa and told Elena to run. Then he followed her. Back at home, Elena was very grateful to Stefan for protection & thanked him for being him, the man whose instincts were always to protect her. They became friends again & Stefan came back to his room in Salvatore's Mansion.
In Death and the Maiden, Stefan woke up from a nightmare about how Silas stabbed him and put him in the safe. Elena was waiting by his bedside with coffee. Elena told him how she lost a friend when he lost his memory, so she wanted to start over. But that didn't exactly work for Stefan, considering he could suddenly remember everything. He told her that before Silas stabbed him, he had planned to drive to Portland. Elena was confused and asked him, how does he remember this. He explained, that Qetsiyah was in his room last night and brought back his memories as an act of revenge for his betrayal.
Later, Damon, Elena and Stefan discussed their current situation and Elena said, that they need to hide Amara and keep her alive so that they can use that again Silas. Stefan, however was pessimistic and said that Silas isn't going to bring Bonnie back. Elena told him, that he got his memories back and he knows her better than anything and she's not going to give up on her plan. Stefan responded, that he indeed knows her best - she puts her hope in all the wrong places and sometimes in the wrong people. He added, that Silas needs to die to put them all out of their misery. Stefan was angry and said, that Silas needs to die and he needs to be the one who kills him.
After learning Stefan's plan, Elena was worried that Stefan would get himself killed by going after Silas. But if Stefan didn't get to kill him, Silas would win. Stefan told her about moments of stillness in the safe, in the time that he was dead and just before he would come back to life, when he thought about things that made him happy, things that gave him hope and kept him from switching off his humanity switch. He explained how, eventually, the pain took away even those moments. Every time he closed his eyes now, he relived those three months, and if he didn't kill Silas and make it stop, he'd lose his mind or flip his switch... or both.
At the end of episode, Elena found Stefan digging Silas' grave in the woods. She felt the need to continue to be naive and ask if killing Silas fixed him. She was feeling guilty. She needed to know that he was going to be okay, because while he was suffering for the past three months, she was finally getting her summer of happiness. She needed to know that killing Silas would take away his pain. All he could say was that he had wanted it to be her ... when that safe finally opened and somebody found him. "I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be both of you," he said as Damon appeared.
In The Cell, Stefan was trapped in the safe with Katherine as a form of therapy of his PTSD, he was feeling like he was dying. She told him she thinks he still loves Elena, and though he wants to leave town, he finds reasons to stay. He grabbed Katherine by the neck and started to strangle her. She wanted to show him that the safe isn't the problem: The death he felt in the safe wasn't just dying physically again and again -- it was the emotional heartbreak of Elena leaving him. At the end of episode Stefan said, that Katherine was right about him & he needs to move on from Elena.
In Fifty Shades of Grayson, while Stefan was changing his clothes, Damon came into his room telling him that Elena was gone and they have to go to her rescue. Later, Stefan accompanied Aaron to his room for clues to find Elena - he found documents, which helped find Elena. When Elena woke up in the lab, Wes was ready to inject her with the thing that would make her Vampire Ripper. Just as Wes stabbed her, Stefan showed up. Elena head-butted Wes, and Stefan helped her out of there.
In, 500 Years of Solitude, Damon told everyone that Stefan had sex with Katherine. Elena was shocked & jealous. Later, Nadia popped in to tell everyone she needed help to save Katherine. No one would volunteer, which is why she'd buried Matt in the safe Stefan had spent the summer in, somewhere on the grounds.
She correctly guessed that Elena and Stefan would rise to the occasion. Nadia said a Traveller could teach Katherine how to take a ride in a new body -hers. Nadia deliver the doppelgängers to the Traveller, Mia, who was going to help her save Katherine. Nadia bolted the house, and Elena and Stefan realized their day rings no longer worked. A pack of chanting Travellers trapped them in a corner, where they wouldn't burn.
Stefan and Elena remained calm enough to quip about their predicament being awkward and them having chosen the wrong day to be in a fight. Elena apologized for her earlier judgment about him having slept with Katherine and admitted it wasn't her place. Then, one guy slit their wrists and they bled into buckets. They weren't healing. Still bleeding, Stefan made a joke about it being a good thing that he's not claustrophobic anymore. Elena realized that Katherine had helped him through that. Still, she wanted to hate her anyway. Fine, but Stefan said he couldn't. He can't stop rooting for her to find peace. And Damon, too. He told Elena to not give up on Damon like she hadn't given up on him. He told her to not let Damon give up on her either. The Travelers took the blood they needed and then Elena and Stefan were free to go.
In Total Eclipse of the Heart, Katherine (who pretend to be Elena) had conversation with Stefan at the end of the episode - Katherine wondered why he wasn't honest with her to begin with. She asked him to be honest with her. Stefan replied that ever since he'd noticed Elena falling for Damon, he'd been waiting for Damon to screw up so badly that she'd turn on him. But when it didn't happen, he stopped waiting for Damon to fail because he liked the person he had become,and he doesn't want to lose that person.
In Gone Girl, Stefan killed Katherine to let Elena to take control over her body. Later he waited for Elena to wake up.
In While You Were Sleeping, Elena woke up in her dorm room having a bad dream. She went downstairs, and Stefan told her Whitmore had cleared out for spring break and she'd been in and out since she first came to. Turns out, they had Bonnie's new witch friend Liv seal Elena in the building because she has a lot to catch up on, including an appetite that she can't control.
Later Stefan showed up with a new cell phone for her, along with four ounces of his blood in water bottle. She wanted more. Badly. Caroline called Stefan and told him about the Ripper virus now having werewolf venom added. She told him there was good news, but to get it, he had to meet her at a location that the Travelers don't want any witches to know about. Before Stefan left, Elena asked why Katherine had stayed in Mystic Falls and guessed it had been for him. He told her they had kissed and he'd pulled away.
Later on, Elena left Aaron a message asking him to call her, and then she discovered that Katherine had been writing in her journal. She read about Katherine trying to seduce Stefan in the hotel room and hallucinated her own hot version of it, which ended with her pushing Stefan away and, just like in the opening dream, asking why he didn't recognize that it wasn't her sooner. When Hallucination Elena went to leave the hotel room, Damon was at the door and started a verbal tiff with Stefan. Elena stopped them by saying even dead, Katherine is getting what she wants -- a wedge driven between them. She came to after Hallucination Stefan hinted there was something bad Damon wasn't telling her. Her nose was bleeding.
In Resident Evil, episode opened with Elena journaling at a table outside the Grill. A page blew away, and Stefan stopped it before it went too far. After they had flirty banter over the quality of her writing, she introduced herself and then a car horn snapped them both out of the vision. In real life, Stefan was standing in the street, and Elena woke up in bed.
Later Elena had a vision of Stefan walking her home after a movie. It'd been their first date, and they wanted to see each other again. At the moment they kissed in front of Elena's house, someone interrupted this perfect moment. Elena said that it was her father who'd turned on the porch lights to put an end to their first kiss.
Caroline's voice snapped Elena out of the vision, and then Miss Forbes used said voice to tell Elena that she was probably just fantasizing about Stefan because she'd broken up with Damon. But then Stefan called Caroline to tell her about his vision, and they realized something was really going on.
In another Elena's vision Stefan was cooking her dinner for their anniversary. She was looking for a bottle opener in a drawer when she found the little black box he didn't want her to see. She didn't even open it, she just said yes. Both of them looked very happy, they kissed & confessed love for each other. After that, they started makeout session - dream Elena knocked some mail off the counter, and real Elena broke the glass she was holding.
In the last vision, Stefan and Elena had two kids, and they were still in love enough to playfully suggest they'd bite each other. When the vision abruptly ended, the real Stefan was home at Salvatore Mansion with Elena. He'd felt it, too. Such happiness, and then it was ripped away from them. Elena had tears in her eyes. Was it over? It's over, he said.
They sat in front of the fire and came to terms with it: Just because the fantasy was gone doesn’t mean the memory of their real relationship had been stripped from them. That had been beautiful and real with its ups and downs. He said he'd always love her, and she said she'd always love him. Then she asked if Stefan thought she and Damon would ever be able to talk like this, like friends. "I think you can either be friends with someone or in love with them. I don't think you can be both," he said.
In Man on Fire, Episode opened with Elena studying with tutor Stefan. She needed a distraction so she'd forget that Damon declared her dead to him. Bonnie showed up to cram because she was in denial of the threat of her impending death. As the anchor to the Other Side, she only exists as long as it does. Even as someone who's been okay with the show putting Bonnie out of her nothing-to-do-here misery for a season (or two), I felt a little sad. Then again, Elena pointed out that Alaric, Grams, and other supernatural characters, who died would be gone as well if the Other Side disintegrated.
Later Enzo crashed Elena's study party and told her and Stefan about Maggie. Sloan had given Enzo a crime scene photo of a decapitated Maggie in Mystic Falls dated 1960. Stefan said he wasn't a Ripper then, so it wasn't him. Enzo had enlisted Liv's help to brain-torture Elena and Stefan so he'd talk. Enzo had Stefan and Elena's hands bound with vervain-soaked restraints so he could read from the diary found with Maggie's body. Bonnie tried to text Damon, so Enzo called him and told him, in a round about way, that he was going to kill Elena or Stefan -- eye for an eye.
Enzo threatened Bonnie, so Stefan said fine, he Killed Maggie (which wasn't true). Bonnie got escorted upstairs and told Liv that she knew she was hoping Enzo would kill Stefan or Elena because then, the Travelers couldn't use their doppelgänger blood and the witches win. Enzo threw a stake at Stefan's stomach. Damon made his entrance to interrupt Enzo torturing Stefan. Soon enough, he told Enzo he didn't know it was Maggie when he'd killed her. Stefan was annoyed because Damon had clearly staged it to look like the Ripper had done it. He'd been pissed that Stefan hadn't noticed him gone for five years. Damon apologized to Enzo but said he'd flipped his switch, so he was doing all kinds of horrible things back then. Damon wanted him to hate him and to take out his rage on him.
Enzo drank from Liv, stabbed Damon in the neck when he charged him, and threw vervain on Stefan, who went all Matrix on him. Enzo ultimately bolted with Elena, who Stefan knew Enzo would want to kill to hurt Damon. Stefan had to feed Liv his blood before he could follow Damon. Elena tried to take care of herself and kick Enzo's ass, but he snapped her neck. Stefan arrived first & started fight with Enzo. Later, Stefan came to check on Elena in her dorm room and told her he'd killed Enzo but they're going to lie to Damon and say he went away. Elena was reluctant but agreed.
Elena: I would write: "Dear Diary, today I convinced myself it was okay to give up. Don't take risks. Stick with the status quo. No drama, now is just not the time." But my reasons aren't reasons, they're excuses. All I'm doing is hiding from the truth and the truth is that... I'm scared, Stefan. I'm scared that if I let myself be happy for even one moment that... the world's just gonna come crashing down... and I don't know if I can survive that.
Stefan: Do you wanna know what I would write? "I met a girl. We talked. It was epic. Then the sun came up and reality set in." Well this is reality... right here.
Elena: Yeah. That's right, Stefan. Because you love me. You'll fight, because after everything we've been through, you owe me that.
Stefan: You know what? You're right. You're right. I owe you everything, because through all of this, you were the only thing that has kept me from giving up. To turning it all off. But I can't help what I am, Elena.
Stefan: We were in this gym the night Klaus compelled me to turn my feelings off. I thought I hit rock bottom in the 20s, but after I bit you, I never wanted to feel anything again. But someone, kept telling me it was okay to feel, no matter how much it hurt, that our emotions are what make us human, good or bad. And to never lose hope.
Elena: Do you wanna know why I was even on that bridge? I was coming back for you Stefan. I had to choose... I picked you. Because I love you. No matter what happens, it's the best choice I ever made. God, sucks that I can't see you right now.
Stefan: I never did answer your question. If it meant that I got to be with her, have children, grow old with her... If it meant that we’d die together, be buried together...then yes, I’d take the cure.
Reason: Katherine wanted Elena and Stefan to break up and to prove it she attacks Jenna. So for the sake of anyone she loves getting be killed, Elena does what Katherine wants, and tearfully breaks up with Stefan, despite how much she doesn't want to.
Reason: Elena and Damon go in Chicago to save Stefan. But by the time she was there to save Stefan, Stefan rejects Elena and said that he doesn't want be saved; he lies and says he doesn't want her anymore.
Reason: Elena admitted to Stefan that since she became a vampire, her feelings for Damon intensified . Her desires became darker and she wasn't the same girl that chose him on the Wickery Bridge. Stefan couldn't deal with it anymore and consequently broke up with Elena.
In the novels, when Stefan realizes how Elena looks exactly like Katherine, he tries to avoid her and she is determined to have him. In the series, Stefan wants to know Elena and be with her, unlike his book counterpart who wants to stay away due the temptation of hurting Elena, or worse, killing her.
Both the novel version and the television series version of Stefan wants to protect Elena from the charming Damon Salvatore.
Elena and Stefan are both the last living members of the families they belong to, the Petrova and the Salvatore family lines as Katherine and Nadia, the remaining Petrova family members, as well as Damon, the remaining Salvatore family member were all killed off.
They have moved on from each but still are best friends.