Caroline has some very personal reasons for disliking Mystic Falls’ most smouldering vamp. When he first came to town in Season 1, he used Caroline as his own personal blood bag. The then-human teenager had a crush on Damon — with those baby blues, who wouldn’t? — and he took advantage of that. When she because a vampire in Season 2, she regained all of the memories he had compelled her to forget — and she has hated him ever since. Totally justified, in our opinion. (And, in the opinion of TVD executive producer Julie Plec. Which holds considerably more weight.) Either because of or in addition to her dislike for Damon, Caroline has always been Team Stelena. Not only is Stefan one of her best friends, but she seems to think the younger Salvatore brother is better for Elena. As much as we enjoy seeing Delena together, we totally get where Caroline is coming from. She believes Damon to be the same person who abused her in Season 1, and she doesn’t think that person deserves her best friend. Or, worse yet, she fears that person is changing her best friend.
On the other hand, people (and vamps) can change, and Damon has made some progress since his villainous behavior in Season 1. Has his live for Elena changed him enough to be in a loving and supportive relationship? Unlike Stefan, Damon doesn’t always let Elena make her own decisions if he thinks she is making one that puts her in danger — and that has always irked us. But Elena knew this going in. And, as much as we love Caroline’s love for Elena — even when it manifests in her vocal and continual disapproval of her BFF’s relationship — the only person who can make the decision of who Elena should date is Elena. Caroline doesn’t have to trust or respect Damon, but she should learn to trust and respect her friend. She’s spoken her piece and, for now, Elena chooses to stay with Damon. Maybe Damon will eventually hurt her — or, maybe, Elena choosing Damon was the chance he needed to become a better person, a different version of himself than the one who used Caroline.
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Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, December 5 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW, followed by an all-new episode of Reign.