Credit: Bob Mahoney and Quantrell D. Colbert/The CW ©2012 The CW Network Photo: Elena and Stefan in Season 3, Episode 18: “The Murder of One”

When Elena (Nina Dobrev) witnessed her ex snacking on a random chick in the parking lot, she got very uptight about it. Hey, he’s a vampire and it’s called moderation, lady! But Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) told TVLine that that scene is going to have serious repercussions for Stefan and Elena’s future as a couple.

“It brings to light the reality of their relationship, which is they’ve had so much darkness come between them, it’s almost impossible to go back,” says Wesley, sounding very naysayer-y. But Elena definitely isn’t down with her boyfriend’s blood diet, and Stefan hasn’t come close to mastering his cravings. That’s why Paul thinks they need to press pause on any reconciliation for the time being. “I think they needed to break up — and I think eventually they’ll need to get back together,” says Wesley.

So, perhaps there’s hope for the couple. But how exactly will they come together, post-Ripper? Alaric’s (Matt Davis) going to need a lot of help now that he’s descending into madness and murder. Elena will enlist Stefan’s help, and “that mission is what makes them grow closer, and it allows them to have all these conversations about their own relationship,” says Paul.

There’s nothing like stopping your history teacher from going on a bloody rampage to help you realize what’s truly important in life.

Source: TVLine

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