Regardless of which ship you sail on, there’s no denying that Paul stole the Salvatore spotlight this season. His dramatic turn as Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) “Ripper” sent chills down my spine when the season began, a feat I’m not sure Ian could easily accomplish. (Honestly, can you imagine being legitimately frightened by Damon?)
You never quite knew where Stefan stood week to week, which wasn’t a result of indecisive writing, but rather a testament to how good an actor Paul really is. While some characters wore their emotions on their sleeves, Stefan was nearly impossible to read, which made him so engaging to watch.