1, Elena Gilbert is the reason why Damon and Stefan are at odds.
Ehm, Damon and Stefan were at odds for 145 years, prior to meeting Elena. So, there goes that nonsense,
2, Elena always needs to be saved,
Oh, you mean that time when Stefan got abducted and tortured by the tomb vampires? Or when Damon almost burned in the season 1 finale? Or when Stefan got locked up in a vault? Or when Bonnie used so much magic she died in season 4? Or when Damon wanted to kill Caroline in the beginning of season 2? Or when Caroline was tortured by her dad in order...
To start - I MISS ELENA! Her absence was felt very keenly in this episode, and I feel like the writers were respectful of her memory (with a big BUT.)
BUT they are shameless in their ways of holding onto Delena viewers, and seeing as there is no guarantee that Elena/Nina will ever return, it stings. I get they are trying to make money, and they didn't have a say on Nina's decision to leave the show, but the teasing isn't entirely appreciated.
Lately I have been watching previous seasons of The Vampire Diaries to mend little pieces of my broken heart. As I did I remembered a very special thing that Damon said to Elena. "I will always choose you."
Interesting. I've been reading spoliers on the internet about season seven and both Julie Plec and Ian Somerhalder said that he will fall in love again.
So please remind me about that quote back in season two. Always? Wow, I didn't know that lasted five years. How much more hurt can we take? Julie continues to mock Delena and our fanbase. Oh let's not forget...
"Love is passion, obsession. Someone you can't live without. I say, fall head over heels. Find someone you love like crazy and will love you the same way back. How do you find him? Well you forget your head, and you listen to your heart...'Cause the truth is honey, there's no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love, well you haven't lived a life at all. But you have to try, 'cause if you haven't tried, you haven't lived."