Last season, you got to play a darker version of Stefan. Do you think we’ll see more of that?
I sure as shit hope so! But I don’t think so. I think that Stefan had his dark ride in Season 3, and we saw a whole hell of a lot of that. I said to Julie [Plec] ‘can we please just not fully commit to being ‘good’ Stefan?’ I’d like to go to a ‘gray zone.? I like him to be conflicted, and hopefully we’ll see that.
How will he react to what’s happened to Elena?
You know … I’m conflicted, as you were, watching that scene. I’m conflicted by it myself. We find out later that Stefan never meant for her to die. He wasn’t making the decision to let her die; he was making the decision to save Matt first and then come back to get her, for whatever reason. Why he couldn’t just grab them both is just *dissolves to laughter* But you know, he made that decision.
She chose Stefan, so now (Damon) has this against him, in a way. Now it’s more of a catalyst for her to go to Damon. It’s the yin and the yang, constantly having that push and pull.
Do you think that his guilt over what happened to her might cause him to relapse?
That’s where my head goes, okay? My head goes, ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe I did this,’ and like an alcoholic, picking up a bottle and going right back to it. That’s how I see it, but I’m not sure if that’s how everyone else sees it. I believe that the guilt should cause some drama within himself. But NOT crying over Elena. I don’t want him to cry anymore.
How might this turn of events affect Damon and Stefan’s relationship, especially since they were starting to get closer again?
Now I think Damon blames [Stefan], and Stefan is you know, ‘Oh looksie, I would’ve saved her, if it were me.’ But that’s the whole sort of thing, being thrown in his face. I like it when they bond, I like it when they’re buddies. I enjoy that. I mean, it’s pretty interesting.