Nothing lasts for long on The Vampire Diaries, especially romantic contentment. Which is why we’re already concerned about blissful vamp lovers Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena  (Nina Dobrev) who are barely out of the starting gate but already fighting off rumors of an inevitable split. Are these two already headed for a breakup? We speculate below.

Yes — between lies, long distance, and Stefan, they’re doomed

Let’s face it: the chips aren’t exactly stacked in Delena’s favor. Sure, they’ve dealt with the most recent supernatural threat to their undead lives, but there’s another one waiting in the wings and he goes by the name of Silas. This wouldn’t be such a big deal if Damon wasn’t keeping the Mystic Falls gossip from Elena. Last week, he failed to tell her about Katherine’s return, Jeremy’s expulsion from school and near death, and Silas’ quip about Stefan’s suffering. If this is a one-off so Elena doesn’t rush home from college, we suppose we can give him a pass as long as he ‘fesses up soon and doesn’t make a habit of withholding information from his girlfriend. One of tensions between Damon and Elena has been that, while Stefan respects Elena’s choices, Damon sometimes makes them for her if he thinks it’s in her best interest. We don’t like that and neither does Elena.

Speaking of ex-boyfriend Stefan, we also wonder if his return will through a kink in the Delena relationship. We definitely don’t think Elena will ditch Damon for Stefan, but we know she’s going to want to be there for him. This is totally understandable, but if Damon has one insecurity in his relationship with Elena, it’s that she is still in love with his brother. (We don’t blame him - at this point, he’s been dumped roughly one million times in favor of his baby bro.) We’re worried that Damon’s insecurities (and possibly guilt over Stefan’s suffering) will drive him to do something stupid like push Elena away.

No — they are the healthiest relationship on the show right now

Granted, being dubbed “the healthiest relationship” on a show that currently has another couple separated by the veil of mortality (i.e. Jeremy and Bonnie) isn’t exactly the ultimate relationship win. But, still, we couldn’t help but be struck by how well Delena worked in the Season 5 premiere. Aside from those pesky lies of omission we mentioned above, Damon and Elena communicated well, encouraged the living of lives independent from one another, and have a heck of a lot of fun together. Those are all couple qualities that will help them face the many obstacles sure to be thrown their way. Heck, these two crazy kids might just make it!

Conclusion

We don’t think Delena will be breaking up anytime soon. At the very least, we figure we have about a half-season of relative stable Delena to enjoy. On the other hand, this show does move quicker than a vampire with bloodlust and we do think that Delena will eventually break up. This show has shown no sign of slowing down and, at its foundation, is a love triangle. The triangle may not be in play right now, but it will always be there, waiting with all of its sharp edges of heartbreak to strike! It’s only a matter of time.

Do you think Delena will break up? If so, when? Share your theories in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW, followed by the series premiere of Reign.

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