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I’m doing my second vid in my SE 8x16 marathon and each time I watch the scene, there’s always something different I love about it because there are so many nuances in the physicality of their parting. Today, what I find endearing about the goodbye is this hug:
Because it’s after Stefan says this:
So this is Stefan saying “goodbye”, he’s ending their time together without actually saying the word because like Elena in 6x22, he’s unable to actually say “goodbye” to her like she was unable to say goodbye to him:
to which Stefan agreed, “I can’t do this, Elena, not now, not ever”, which is literally true because like I said, even in 8x16 Stefan cannot bring himself to actually say bye.
But back to the point, he’s saying farewell and Elena can’t handle it, her devastation is quiet and subtle but the moment Stefan takes his hand away from her face because he’s about to leave:
Elena reaches forward to hug him because she’s not ready to let go:
and back when theories were flying around about Damon erasing Elena and Stefan’s memories of each other, I told anons the only way I would be OK with it is if they did something like BTVS where Buffy was freaking out when she was losing her memory of a Human Angel and she goes, “it’s not enough time, it’s not enough time”:
and while the SE scene was a lot more subtle and less urgent than the Bangel scene, I think that they did their own unique version of “there’s not enough time, I’m not ready to let go” with that hug:
and it showed just how much they love each other.
*none of the gifs are mine*