In the 100th episode of The Vampire Diaries, Stefan (Paul Wesley) encouraged Damon (Ian Somerhalder) to go for it with Elena (Nina Dobrev), which was quite a big step in his process of trying to get over his one-time love. But does it mean that Stefan no longer loves Elena? Executive producer Julie Plec weighs in on the complicated Stelena dynamic.

“Stefan has really come to terms with the intensity of the relationship between Damon and Elena,” Julie spilled to E! Online. “I think what he said in the finale last year, ‘I'm not not happy for you,’ he meant it.  He recognized that the two of them have a very, very profound connection with each other. I think a lot of what he's trying to do is move past that and move on with his life.”

So, the way we interpret that is — regardless of his feelings for Elena (we think he totally still loves her) — he is actively trying to move on. Unfortunately, Katherine is probably not going to let that happen. As we saw at the end of the 100th episode, Katherine is now a “passenger” in her doppelganger’s body, and she has her/Elena’s eyes set on Stefan.

According to Julie, Katherine is “at her best of no good” as the show progresses. “The thing that's so great is that she's so into Stefan right now and so not into Damon right now, and yet Elena was about ready to re-embrace her relationship with Damon and Damon was all ready to win back his girl, so you can only imagine how that's going to go down,” Julie teased. So, whatever the nature of Stefan’s current feelings towards Elena, it sounds like Katherine-as-Elena will only be fanning the flames. Is it wrong that we kind of can’t wait to see this storyline play out?

Do you think Stefan still loves Elena? How do you think he will react to Katherine-as-Elena’s advances? Sound off in the comments below!

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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