Credit: Curtis Baker/The CW -- © 2013 The CW Network, LLC Photo: Elena Is Worried in The Vampire Diaries Season 4, Episode 23: "Graduation"

Need a recap on what happened to Elena in The Vampire Diaries Season 4 while we wait impatiently for the Season 5 premiere? Here we go!

Life in Mystic Falls, Virginia is not without its share of challenges. These range from the ordinary everyday concerns, such as procuring part-time jobs, and successfully passing trig, to finding a cure for the immortality you have accidentally acquired in a bid to save the life of your ex-boyfriend. So you know, the usual.

This season was fraught with concerns both large and small (though mostly large) and while each of our favorite band of plucky heroes and sexy villains (I’m giving Silas a pass) experienced their fair share of travailles this season, nobody had to contend with quite the brand of weird, exceptional, and heartbreaking that Elena (Nina Dobrev) had to face during season 4 of The Vampire Diaries.

Like the song says, growing up is hard to do. Actually, the song is about breaking up, but whatever, I’m still not wrong. Not only did Elena have to juggle the usual hiccoughs of your average human adolescence, she had to figure out how being turned into a vampire affected her personality.

Her passion for blood allied her more closely to Damon than ever, driving a burgeoning wedge between Elena and her reformed-ripper boyfriend
Stefan (Paul Wesley). While Stefan frowned on Elena’s wild, frenzied antics, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) celebrated them and so the love triangle began to feel some serious strain.

This strain was increased to the point of breaking altogether when Elena ended things with Stefan and gave in to her intense feelings for Damon. These feelings  however blissful they may  have seemed in the moment, are called into question however, when Caroline (Candice Accola) and Stefan discover that Elena has been sired to Damon, a rare but real thing in the vampiric community. Elena swears up and down that her feelings are real, but Damon, already insecure, doubts.

Just when things couldn’t get any worse, they got worse. In their attempt to find the cure, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) lost his life and rather than go mad, Damon turns off Elena’s humanity at Stefan’s behest. With her humanity off, we experienced Elena as we    and her friends    had never experienced before. Bitchy, heartless, and quick with a quip, emotionless Elena resembled her doppleganger more than herself, and while it was fun to see a good girl go bad, we all breathed a sigh of relief when her emotions returned to her.

The return of her feelings meant she finally had to deal with the death of her brother, and with all of terrible things she had done while her humanity was off. With the help of Stefan, she overcame these feelings, and, once the veil was dropped between the world of the living and the dead and Jeremy made it through to her, and her wounds were healed for good. This enabled her to focus once again on her love life, and Elena made her choice. It’s Damon! For now....