Who cares about the Vampire Diaries love triangle? The real question on our minds has less to with whether Delena or Stelena is endgame, and more to do with shirtless Paul Wesley (Stefan). Will the actor be taking his shirt off for a TVD scene?

“I would, but I don’t want to embarrass Smoldeypants,” Paul answered on Mobio INsider. That’s pretty much the best way to answer that question. If you hadn’t guessed, the Smoldeypants in question is Paul’s co-star and on-screen brother, Ian Somerhalder (Damon). For the record, both Paul and Ian have taken their shirts off for TVD — not that we’re keeping track or anything — and neither has anything to be embarrassed about. But we do love their lighthearted competition with one another. Ian and Paul together is one of our favorite television star bromances.

So, no mention of another imminent shirtless Stefan scene, but we’re still hoping the shirtless Denzo scene executive producer Julie Plec teased the fans about might come to fruition. Hey, we can dream! In the meantime, we’ll have to somehow make due with the ubiquitous shirtless Jeremy scenes, which have become one of our favorite meta-jokes on TVD. Ghost Bonnie on shamelessly watching Jeremy do push-ups: “It’s not like there’s Netflix where I am. You working out is my main source of entertainment.” Shirtless TVD characters are actually our Netflix entertainment, Bon.

The Vampire Diaries returns Thursday, January 23 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+!