Damon and Elena may be in a rough place at the start of Season 6 — death can really drive a wedge between a couple! — but that doesn’t mean the fans have given up on them. In fact, the Delena ship is stronger than ever!


MTVU hosted their first-ever Fandom Awards at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and The Vampire Diaries won big in the romance department. Damon and Elena snagged the award for “Ship of the Year.” Congrats, Delena fans! This is even more incredible when you factor in Damon and Elena’s fierce competition, which included “Everlark” (Katniss and Peeta) from The Hunger Games, “Johnlock” (Sherlock and Watson) from Sherlock, “Destiel” (Dean and Castiel) from Supernatural, and “Sterek” (Stiles and Derek) from Teen Wolf.

Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev reunited to accept the award on behalf of their passionate fandom.  “We want to thank you guys for all of your love and support of Delena,” Nina told Delena fans in a taped acceptance speech from the set of TVD in Atlanta.

“Our ship has been through some ups and downs and we are not sure where we would be without your support … so thank you and we will try to keep it interesting for you,” Ian added.

Don’t worry, Ian. We’re pretty sure things are going to get really interesting for Damon and Elena, now that everyone thinks Damon and Bonnie are dead and never coming back. Little do they know, however, that Damon and Bonnie are just trapped in another realm. As for Elena, she’s still struggling to pick up the pieces after Damon’s death.

Are Damon and Bonnie really dead? Can they ever find their way home? And will Damon and Elena ever be reunited? We’ll have to wait and see!

Catch the Season 6 premiere of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 2 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fangirl and pop culture enthusiast. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!