Oh, boy. It sounds like such a simple question, right? Who is Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) father on The Vampire Diaries? Well, it’s actually pretty complicated. How much time do you have? 

OK, here’s the buzz on Elena’s daddy drama. John Gilbert (David Anders) got a 16-year-old girl named Isobel (Mia Kirshner) pregnant. Not in an illegal way; we’re pretty sure he was a minor at the time, too. Well, the kids decided being 16 and pregnant was not the way to go, so Isobel handed the baby over to John’s brother, Grayson Gilbert, and his wife, Miranda.

Grayson and Miranda. Are those names ringing a bell? They’re Elena’s adoptive parents. So Elena’s Uncle John is actually her birth father. To make matters more complex, Isobel ended up marrying Alaric Saltzman (Matt Davis) — who would later become Elena’s history teacher and guardian.

So, because Grayson, Miranda, Isobel, John, and Alaric are all dead, poor Elena is an orphan several times over.

Sorry to leave this on such a bummer note. Look! Here’s a GIF of Damon (Ian Somerhalder) dancing to cheer you up.

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