Julie Plec quoted in Entertainment Weekly, Jan 2014:
“I didn’t feel comfortable letting her [Elena] let go of what is pure in her heart, which is Stefan, to explore the darker sides of her impulses.” - (x)
Definition of the word explore: to learn about (something) by trying it (x)
Julie Plec’s response to a fan’s question on twitter, May 2013:
The universe shrank around Elena. Nothing else existed but Stefan, and the feel of his arms around her.
So the female antagonist goes to hell and the male antagonist gets the love of his life back.
What if one day, when this is all over, you want to come home again?