It’s been a rocky year for Stelena shippers on The Vampire Diaries. First, Elena (Nina Dobrev) dumped Stefan (Paul Wesley) for his brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder). Then, Silas dumped Stefan into a quarry to perpetually drown while Delena played house all summer. Now that Stefan is back (and past his amnesiac phase), things are still tense between these former lovers and their dynamic has definitely changed. But are Stefan’s feelings for the doppelganger one of those things? Does Stefan still love Elena?

Yes — he will always love her

Ever since Stefan regained his memories, he has become the resident Charlie Brown of Mystic Falls. Sure, some of that is his PTSD after getting locked in an underwater vault for three months, but some of that is his broken heart — because he still loves Elena. Did you see how quickly and intensely he went about finding her when she had been captured by the Augustine Society? Those actions certainly seemed like the ones of a man in love.

No — he’s been hurt too badly

Nothing speeds along the falling out of love process like salt on the wound, and that’s kind of what the Delena relationship is to Stefan’s broken heart. Regardless of good intentions, Delena’s relationship is a constant reminder that Elena chose someone else over Stefan: his own brother. Not to mention that people need to change to fall out of love with someone, and Stefan has gone through some pretty affecting stuff since he and Elena called it quits last season. He has endured three months of constant drowning and painful hallucinations, fought his way back through amnesia, and is now struggling with his own PTSD while he simultaneously tries to help a dying Katherine.

No — because he’s falling in love with Katherine

Speaking of Katherine, another way to fall out of love with someone is to fall in love with someone else. And we think Steferine has a serious shot at this love thing — as long as Katherine doesn’t croak on us. We have been loving the romantic chemistry between these two ex-lovers and on-again-off-again enemies in Season 5. They have been through so much — both together and apart — and are both in a somewhat similar spot right now: struggling to deal with a painful reality. These two might not be in love yet, but we think it could happen soon. Especially if Katherine has anything to say about it.

Do you think Stefan still loves Elena? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below!

The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 8 p.m. on The CW.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!