And here he is. Respecting Elena’s decision once again. Once again seeing that this may be the last moment they spend together. He could’ve fed her his blood. But he didn’t because he knew she’d rather be dead.
You remember when Caroline’s dad was dying and Elena told Caroline that all her dad had were his believes? Now look at what Stefan did. I don’t think that many of us can imagine loving someone so much that you’ll forget for a second how you feel and how you want to save them and you’ll just respect that person’s last wish. That no matter how hard it is, you will let them die with their dignity, as humans, with their believes. Sure, many will say that Stefan should’ve saved Elena if he truly loved her, but how would she forgive him for letting Matt die?
I’ve realized one thing - all we want is to be loved and respected in life. Stefan kissed Elena, showing her how much he loved her. And then he respected her by making her last wish come true. Because he knows how much her friends mean to Elena and he knows how Elena will never forgive herself if she lived and Matt died. So Stefan just couldn’t disappoint her. Even if it meant losing her, sacrificing what they have. But as Klaus said ‘That kind of love never dies’ and Stefan knew it. He knew that no mater what happens their love will always be alive.
My mum used to tell me that love’s greatest measure is sacrifice and I always wondered why. Well, today I know why.
some are born with great eyebrows, some achieve great eyebrows, and some have great eyebrows drawn upon them
There was someone that I thought I would see today and I didn’t, that’s all…
Stefan - made royal, crowned; the first Christian martyr
Okay, but, the significance of being crowned in the Christian tradition, guys. You want a king? He’s going to make you a slave. You want to be a good king? Be a servant. You want to be a leader, show people the way? They will murder you for it. You finally get your crown, a crown you deserve, and along with it you get the perspective to understand that all the accolades you deserve are nothing compared to the praise you can and should dole out so you take it off and lay it at the feet of God.
And that is all just so Stefan. Stefan, the second son honored above the first. Stefan “I heard you scream” / “I can’t think of a better reason to die” Salvatore. The legendary ripper whose shadow over a city made women walk a little faster and mothers clutch their children tight. Tell me this isn’t a man who knows what power is - and he knows how it weighs on a soul. He has been elevated so far above us mere mortals that our lives are nothing to him but playthings and he has realized how wrong that is. Through his honor he has been brought so low that his life is merely an instrument. Seconds, minutes, days, centuries - all are worth nothing if he does not put them to good use and if that means he dies then so be it.
He tells us himself he’s named after a martyr. No other sort of death will satisfy. It’s not that he’s suicidal or has a martyr complex. He doesn’t think so highly of himself that he believes he should live up to his name. He thinks so low of himself that he never thinks he can live up to it and that makes him reckless with his own life.