The Season 5 finale of The Vampire Diaries was a game-changing moment for our heroes and this show. None of these characters will be the same come Season 6 — perhaps most especially Stefan (Paul Wesley), whose brother sacrificed himself to give him a chance at living. What did TVD executive producer have to say about Stefan’s mindset heading into Season 6?

"It's really a character-defining journey for [Stefan], and it'll change him quite a lot," Julie told TV Guide. "At what point does he decide to give up or keep searching for answers?” Character-defining journey, eh? Changed quite a lot? Has he gotten a buzz cut?!

Frankly, it’s hard to imagine Stefan as anything but the brooding hero-haired gentleman vampire we’ve known and loved him as since Season 1. Well, except Ripper Stefan and Amnesiac Stefan and Silas-pretending-to-be-Stefan. But, other than that, totally new territory. In all seriousness, we’re intrigued to see how Stefan is dealing with this tragedy. Though he has suffered a lot during his 170-odd years in existence, his brother has always been a certainty (even if that certainty was Damon causing the aforementioned suffering). This kind of change-up has got to mess with a vampire’s hero-haired headspace, you know?

As for how Damon’s apparent death might affect Stefan’s relationship to Elena (Nina Dobrev). Nina told TV Guide: "If you look back to Season 1, it's been very hectic for her and it's nice [for her and Stefan] to be in a settled place. But it's the CW; we're not going to stay there for very long.” So, at least Stefan and Elena will have one another to lean on — at least for the first 15 minutes of Season 6. After that, all bets are off.

How do you think Stefan will deal with Damon’s death? How do you predict it’s changed him? Share your theories in the comments below!

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