If your fan girl heart is still beating after witnessing the kiss that was two-and-a-half years in the making between Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) in Vampire Diaries Season 3, Episode 10, “The New Deal,” that’s probably because you waited a long time for it. There’s a reason the producers waited for that anticipation to build, Kevin Williamson tells Collider — and it wasn’t just to torture viewers!
“We just had to wait for the audience to truly respond to the kiss. We have our Elena fans, who have been craving it, but those fans would also reject it, out of hand. There are people who want Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Elena forever, and they were going to reject the kiss, so it had to be an honest thing for Elena to do. We had to make it real for her, and we had to tiptoe towards it. If we hadn’t, you would have hated Elena.” Even if Stelena fans don’t agree with her choices, after witnessing all that Stefan put her through, it’s hard to argue that she didn’t deserve a little comfort.
Of course, as we saw in Season 3, Episode 12, The Ties That Bind,” Stefan wasn’t thrilled about his brother and his ex kissing on the porch. But he’s not exactly girlfriend-ready at this point. Williamson says in theCollider interview, “if he can’t forgive himself, how can he ever expect forgiveness from a woman that loves him? He’s never going to be lovable again, in his eyes.” But Williamson wants audiences to give The Ripper the same chance they did his older bro: “We love Damon and, every week, Damon was killing someone new. When he killed Lexi, I hated him after that, and it was my idea. I knew it would turn the audience against him.”
Williamson also has a suggestion for how the trio can reconcile: “It’s a great love story because everybody loves everybody. No matter how much they hate each other, everybody loves everybody. It’s a perfect three-way, if they would all just come together. If they could all get along, it would be a hot time.” Wow. Maybe not a prime time, TV-14 hot time, but we’ll leave that to the fanfic-ers.
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