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One of the cornerstones of The Vampire Diaries is the relationships Elena (Nina Dobrev) shares with Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan (Paul Wesley). Recently, however, many of the actors have been squashing the idea that the doppelganger should end up with either of the vampire brothers.

And of course, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) thinks Elena should settle down with Matt (Zach Roerig) and have 100 babies. It’s not that this would be a bad outcome — we would be totally satisfied if the series finale ended with Elena and Matt riding off into the sunset in his busted pickup truck — but we think the bloodsuckers deserve a chance too. What Elena needs is to recharge her batteries, engage in some revenge makeouts, and then figure out where her heart lies.

We’ve said this before, and we’ll say it again: You don’t have to marry your high school sweetheart. Elena is only 18, and she has all sorts of options ahead of her. Well, maybe not college — that girl nevergoes to class. She could date Damon for awhile, then end up with Stefan, or vice versa. Sure, it’d be awkward for awhile, but it’s nothing the Salvatore brothers haven’t dealt with before. Heck, Elena could go off with Elijah (Daniel Gillies) for a hot second, and they’d probably still take her back. And you know what? That’d be okay. It’s called dating, and it’s what most people her age do.

Next, even if Elena were to leave Mystic Falls, she might still be in peril. There are werewolves in Tennessee, remember. A change in location might make her marginally less likely to get maimed by a pair of vampire fangs, but wouldn’t she be safer with Salvatore at her side? Both Damon and Stefan have provided protection for the teenager — though we admit they’ve hurt her as well.

Also, there’s the little matter of destiny. If Elena were to choose a brother and stick to him, it would end Klaus’ hopes for hybrid domination. The doppelganger line would end with her; that is what everyone wants, right?

Finally, Elena loves both Damon and Stefan. Should she really settle for someone else?   Need your daily Vampire Diaries fix? Like us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/TheVampireDiariesFansite, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/TVDWetpaint