The Salvatores are always vowing to leave Mystic Falls and forget Elena (Nina Dobrev), but it never seems to actually happen. At the end of The Vampire Diaries Season 3, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley) made a pact that whichever brother didn’t get the girl would leave town. That was before their mutual girlfriend sprouted fangs, of course.
But Stefan reiterated a desire to leave in Season 4, Episode 18, “American Gothic.” He told Damon, “we’ve been making the same mistakes for a 150 years. … Nothing ever changes.”
Nothing... except Stefan. Maybe it’s just her emotionlessness, but his feelings for the new vampire seemed quite different. He said, “I can’t keep reliving my life like this. I owe Elena her shot at being normal again. Once we give her the cure, I’m getting her out of my life, and I’m getting a life of my own.” Stefan sounded deadly serious.
In an Entertainment Weekly interview, Paul Wesley said he’d like to see his character on his own. “Stefan is really interesting when he separates from the pack and is exploring his own demons,” said Paul. “I think it’s time for him to go off and then come back later to Mystic Falls and see how that impacts the relationship he has with Elena and Damon.”
Do you buy it? If Elena takes the cure, she’ll be vulnerable again. Stefan’s always wanted to protect her — would he really leave her, just when she needed him the most?
His feelings for Elena notwithstanding, Stefan skipping town would also mean leaving Damon behind. The brothers have been separated for decades before, but now there’s a cure on the table. Perhaps it’s Stefan who somehow ends up taking the single dose. Wouldn’t a newly mortal, former vampire want to spend time with his only (un)living relative?
Regardless of how things shake out — and who ends up with the cure — we’re not sure Stefan will really exit Mystic Falls. Or if he does, his return will likely coincide with the start of Season 5.
Source: Entertainment Weekly