Credit: Bob Mahoney and Blake Tyers/The CW ©2012 The CW Network Photo: Caroline, Stefan, and Elena in The Vampire Diaries Season 4, Episode 10: “After School Special”

Ever since The Vampire Diaries Season 2 premiere when Stefan (Paul Wesley) found out that Damon (Ian Somerhalder) thought he had kissed Elena (Nina Dobrev) — though he actually kissed Katherine (Nina Dobrev) — the tension within the Salvatore brother love triangle has been mounting. But up until Stefan skipped town with Klaus (Joseph Morgan) in Season 3, Elena made her feelings clear: She loved Stefan. She chose Stefan. And even after a very passionate front porch kiss and an even more passionate motel makeout with Damon, when asked, Elena once again chose Stefan.

However, that all happened before she became a vampire, was sired to Damon, and effectively broke up with Stefan only to sleep with Damon (twice) less than 24 hours later. So does Stefan have a right to be angry? Yes… and no.

OK, here’s the deal. He has a right to be upset for obvious reasons. Not only did Elena and Damon practically jump each other as soon as she was single, but they lied about it to Stefan. And that’s the biggest reason for Stefan’s anger. And on top of that, Damon didn’t revoke the sire bond like he told Stefan he would… and then he lied about that too. So Stefan has every right to be mad at his brother.

But the tricky part of the equation comes with the sire bond. How mad can Stefan be at Elena? Can he be mad at all? Yes. In a promo for Season 4, Episode 10, “After School Special,” Elena says, “I didn’t sleep with Damon because of the sire bond. I slept with him because I’m in love with him.” She certainly seems to know her own mind. And yet, when Damon says to give it a day before telling Stefan, she does. When he doesn’t send her away, she stays. It’s hard to tell who’s in control.

Either way, Damon and Elena haven’t been all that considerate of Stefan. If they want to be together, that’s great (and really, really hot), but Stefan doesn’t deserve all the lies.

What do you think? Is Stefan’s reaction right on the money?

Samantha Highfill is a contributing writer to Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter at @samhighfill.

Credit: YouTube Photo: Vampire Diaries Spoiler Video For Season 4, Episode 10: Elena Says She's in Love With Damon