Everyone of the vampiric persuasion who lives in Mystic Falls has their reasons for taking the cure, even if they might say otherwise. It’s fun to think about a world where Stefan (Paul Wesley) or Damon (Ian Somerhalder) took the cure and what it would mean for one of our favorite shows. But it’s even more fun to speculate about how a return to humanity would impact our girl Elena (Nina Dobrev).

Elena is in many ways the beating heart of the show. Her passionate range of feelings, her empathy in particular, makes her very often the moral compass for folks like Damon or even the usually upright Stefan (Paul Wesley).

This season we had the opportunity to see an Elena Gilbert without emotion, and while it was incredibly entertaining, it was also highly chaotic. Sure, we could all understand her reasons for wanting to keep her emotions (in particular her grief) in check, but without her to keep her supernatural friends in check, things seemed to spiral out of control very quickly.

While Elena has expressed a lot of happiness as a vampire, it’s clear that many people — namely Stefan — would rather she were human again. At her core there’s probably a part of Elena that misses her humanity, especially now that she has lost so much.

With Damon in possession of the cure, thanks to Alaric (Matt Davis), he can give it to the baby vamp if she wants to take it. If Elena does accept the cure from Damon there are pros and cons. As a human, she’ll still have to contend with the guilt of everything she had done as an immortal. Also, being human would open her up again to Klaus’s machinations. She would become once again his walking, talking hybrid-making machine.

However, it would be interesting to explore where her feelings for Stefan and Damon are if she regains her humanity. It would remove any traces of sire-bond doubt, and while many characters have suggested that Elena will run back to Stefan once she’s no longer a vampire, it’s probable her time with Damon has complicated matters.

Only time will tell if Elena plans to take the cure and rejoin the land of the living, or continue on her merry vampire way.

Credit: YouTube Photo: Damon Tells Elena He Doesn't Want the Cure in The Vampire Diaries Season 4, Episode 13: "Into the Wild" (VIDEO)