Fav se angsty scenes ?
Most of them are in season 3 for obvious reasons
Before I get into my general assessment of these moments I need to bring your attention to the above 3x22 gif because I’ve never seen this scene so close before and the way Stefan looks at Elena before she looks up at him… like he looks like this might be the last time he gets to kiss the woman he loves.
But what I love about these angsty SE moments, which happen throughout the series but specifically season 3 is I think you see the physical representation of KW’s quote on how Stefan and Elena meet each other and can breathe again?
^^ like even here there’s a moment where Elena’s lips widen and it’s like she’s exhaling, you see it in the phone call in 3x01 when Elena says Stefan’s name and he exhales:
and what makes that “breath” angsty is the fact that the scene usually starts out with them taking a chance, either an emotional one or a physical one, that has them holding their breath, maybe Elena has moved on, maybe Stefan doesn’t want to fight anymore, maybe I might die:
and then SE connect and they breathe:
In season 1:
So what I love specifically about this last gif is how Stefan makes eye contact with Elena until the last possible moment because that eye contact is establishing trust, like if you don’t want to do this at any time, I’ll see that and I will be perfectly happy dying here while you leave and it also establishes how much he loves her while Elena offering her vein to an in-need ripper establishes how much she loves him.
The angst of season 1 is all about establishing, establishing their connection through gazes, the depth of their love through stares, like we don’t see what Stefan’s expression is like when Elena tells him she loves him, it’s the back of his head and then Elena and then back to Stefan and he turns around so we the audience and she the love interest can see how completely moved and wrecked (in the best way) he is by what she said whereas their stares with each other are angsty because they’re extremely charged and both of them are deeply moved and it makes it intense:
In season 2:
Season 2 is probably the least angsty SE season but I think the two above gifs are underrated. Elena stabbed herself to stab Elijah and then Stefan rushes to feed her his blood but what I love about the above moment is how Elena is comforting Stefan as much as he’s comforting her? She knows how scared he must’ve been seeing her stab herself so she’s looking at him and holding his head like, are you OK? And the gif above it, I really love how earnest Stefan is there, the way he’s like I don’t think you get that I will literally die for you, so don’t worry and Elena’s strong like NO, I GET THAT, THAT IS THE PROBLEM. I DON’T WANT YOU TO DIE.
In season 4:
I talk about the above gif a lot because I find this scene so underrated, it’s not the typical angsty scene but I included it in this list because of the weighted tension of the entire scene and the unspoken makes it angsty. Damon outs that Stefan slept with Rebekah and he does it because he wants to solidify distance between Stefan and Elena, he’s throwing it in Elena’s face essentially and Stefan knows that it will hurt Elena which is why before this scene he stares at her and Elena is visibly hurt when she looks at him and she is still hurt in this scene and Bonnie even knows that Stefan sleeping with Rebekah will upset Elena because she’s staring at her throughout this entire exchange like, damn girl, you OK? And it’s angsty because everyone knows that Elena is sleeping with Damon but that Stefan sleeping with someone else deeply hurts Elena.
In general, the season 4 angst was really about how tethered Stefan and Elena still were to each other, I mean when she touches his hand as he touches her face that’s the episode she sleeps with Damon, the sexual tension of their prom dance is angsty because Elena is clearly moved by it.
In season 5:
I think the last two gifs are angsty for a couple of reasons. In the gif above I enjoy how when they’re not looking at each other, they have an AWWWKARD expression on their faces but when Stefan turns to Elena, their expressions change, they’re looking at each other’s lips and Stefan actually licks his, which is like the whole point of this scene was supposed to be like har har exes in close proximity, the discomfort! Bu it actually looks like they legit want to jump each other’s bones and thought better of it and Stefan using how Elena never gave up on him as incentive for her not to give up on Damon is the show dragging DE without thinking about it. The gif above is when Elena wakes up after Stefan kills Katherine and just that soft blink Stefan does when he sees Elena is actually there is super angsty because my guy looks at no one else that way.
The overall angst of season 5 is a
continuation of season 4 but in my opinion sadder because these
emotional, charged moments but there’s also a sense of dejection in
their expressions like they can’t see a path that leads them back toward
each other because of the choices they made and yet they still envision
In season 6:
What’s angsty about the last gif to me is the way Elena lowers her eyes and head when she walks away. In general, I find that the SE angst of season 6 comes from the fact that they’re always cycling back to what they were to each other, who they were to each other and it’s not in a way in which they moved on, they’re trying to replicate that with other people while episodes like 6x16 re-emphasize their connection.
In seasons 7 and 8:
We all know why the last two gifs are angsty af, I especially find it angtsy because we see Stefan’s wedding ring as he brushes Elena’s hair away but Julie and co had so many interviews and quotes about how seasons 7 and 8 are supposed to be the continuation of the DE love story even though Elena isn’t present but I really think it just reinforced the SE love story in much subtler but poignant, angsty and profound ways.