Stelena’s last scene was a testament to the beauty of their love story. Elena’s speech to Stefan was so genuine and real because all of it was true. Stefan came into her life when she was lost and broken and dead inside and being with Stefan changed all that. The instant they bumped into each other, her life changed. How does it get any better than that? That meeting someone can change everything. But that is what Stelena is. That kind of love can change your whole life. Everything turned around in that moment, the sun came out and the world shifted. She was brought back to life, just as he was. He saved her life in every way imaginable. Healed her. Inspired her to find joy and to feel alive again. You should love the person that makes you glad you’re alive. He wasn’t the center of her life, the only thing that mattered, or her identity. He inspired her. Allowed her to be herself, wholly, completely. To grow in her friendships, her family, to become a better person. I really think Stefan brought out the best in her, grew her courage, her bravery, her compassion. She always had it, but he inspired it further. Because they were a team in their kindness and goodness. She flourished with Stefan.
Their last location together is so telling. It reflects again how valuable Elena views her choice, and how deeply she values Stefan being the one person who always fought for it. How important that memory is for her, even now. So many things about it show why she loves Stefan. How he would bring her places, taking her away, so that she could accept her situation, be honest with herself, face it, and ultimately find closure and acceptance with it. That he understood the importance of her last moments of being human. That this is the place he said he wanted to be with her forever. And mostly, that he understood her better than anyone. She didn’t need to say anything. He knew. But she needed to say it, and he knew that.
You knew me better than anyone. You always have. This is so important. Its not her brother, or her friends, no, its Stefan. Because their souls connected even that first day. He understood her in a way no one else did. Do you ever mean it? 1x01 - Stefan is the only one who noticed her facade. And she finally was able to let it down with him. A soulmate is someone who knows you better than anyone else. Who knows the depth of your soul and who you are, the good and the bad, sometimes better than you know yourself. Nothing compares to that, because Damon and her will never have that intimacy, that truth, that connection. He’ll never know her the way Stefan does, just as Caroline will never truly know Stefan. Its impossible. Stelena are so connected, so intertwined, its an unspoken connection. It can’t be learned. It just is.
And even now, Elena still loves Stefan so much. I never stopped loving you. Its not like I don’t love Stefan anymore. I will always love you. Loving Stefan is a part of her. It will always be there, deep within. That love is endless. It will stay with her forever. And Stefan didn’t need to say it back. You could see it in his smile, his eyes, his heart. She already knows he loves her. I will always love you, Elena.
Not to mention the fact that they have the best way about them, the way they joke with each other and give each other those knowing, loving, understanding looks. How they find joy and laughter even in the grimmest of times. Because now you’re a puny human again. The way she easily reaches out for his hands, and he helps her down. I know it won’t be high school. They know each other so well, and they truly are best friends but more. They will be soul mates forever. They have everything that makes up a soul mate, but its not just on paper. You just see it, you know it, feel it. Thats the beauty of Stelena. They just are.