The relationship between Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) may be a hot mess right now on The Vampire Diaries, but in the world of online polling, they’ve never been better! In a recent shipper poll conducted by E! Online, the couple beat out Stelena in the Hottest TV Love Triangle showdown! Sorry, Stefan (Paul Wesley).

Thousands voted in the online poll that pitted love triangle relationships against one another. TVD was represented, of course, by the Damon/Elena/Stefan triangle, and — despite recent narrative setbacks (i.e. Elena’s soul lost in the Mystic Falls woods and Damon’s transition to vampire cannibalism) — Delena came out the decisive winner. The relationship snagged almost 65 percent of the votes, with Stelena garnering the remaining 35.

If only it were that easy on TVD! We have a feeling that Stefan and co. are going to figure out relatively soon that Katherine has been pretending to be Elena. In fact, they will enact a “desperate plan” to save her in Season 5, Episode 15 (“Gone Girl”). But where will that leave Delena? Since Elena’s “indefinite vacation,” Damon has turned full-on psycho-killer again, murdering Aaron and nearly allowing the same to happen to Jeremy. We’re not sure how Elena will react to all of this when she returns — no matter what the polls say.

Do you ship Delena over Stelena? How do you think Elena will react to Damon’s recent behavior when she returns? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, February 27 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

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