Stefan Salvatore’s Best Moments
Stefan Salvatore earned his hero hair. Whether you’re talking about the moment he first saved Elena from the car accident or the time he saved everyone (and gave them all a shot at peace) by sacrificing himself in order to destroy hell, there’s no doubt that he was the hero of the story. So, in honor of his sacrifice in the Vampire Diaries series finale, we’re looking back at his best moments, ahead.
When Elena said a temporary goodbye to Stefan in the season 6 finale, she told him that he’d always known her better than anyone else, a fact that Stefan proved time and time again over the course of the series. At the end of season 1, Katherine was able to fool Damon into thinking she was Elena long enough to kiss him, but in the season 2 premiere, it took Stefan about a minute to realize he wasn’t talking to Elena. Jump to season 5, and it was Stefan who finally put two and two together and realized that Elena hasn’t been herself lately … because Katherine was possessing her.
When He Gave Katherine A Beautiful Farewell
For all Stefan Salvatore’s flaws, the one thing no one could ever deny about him was that he had a huge heart. And even when Katherine Pierce, the woman who had caused Stefan and Damon so much pain over the years, was on her deathbed, he somehow found it in himself to show her compassion. While everyone else celebrated being rid of the troublesome doppelganger, Stefan gave her the greatest gift: He went inside her head and let her see her baby for the first time. Stefan always saw the good in people, which is why the good in him always shined through.
This moment was great for many reasons. Not only did it symbolize the beginning of Stefan’s friendship with Caroline as he guided her through the early stages of vampirism, but it once again showed how much he cared for others. He might not have known Caroline for very long at this point, but he knew when she needed her friends, so thoughtful Stefan called Bonnie and Elena to come help Caroline in her moment of need. And that brings us to the other great thing about this: The way he mouthed “I love you” to Elena, as if he was overcome with how much he loved her, as if he simply couldn’t believe it. Suffice it to stay, Stefan never lost that romance-novel stare and this might be when it was at its best.
Lexi brought out the best in Stefan, whether they were at a Bon Jovi concert, the Mystic Grill, or fighting to stay alive on the Other Side. As much time as Stefan spent brooding, Lexi was the best friend that brought out his playful side. She allowed him to be comfortable enough to relax and maybe even smile. She helped get him through some of his worst times, and showed us some of his best, which is why it only makes sense that she was waiting for him when he found peace.
One of the biggest points of contention for the Salvatore brothers was the fact that, once upon a time, Stefan forced Damon into a life of vampirism. After all, that was why Damon promised his brother “an eternity of misery” all those years ago. So, in season 2, Stefan finally apologized for his actions. It was selfish of him to force Damon into this life, but, as he put it, “I guess I just needed my brother.”
After an early proposal in season 8, Steroline fans were worried they’d never get their wedding, but the series’ penultimate episode saw Caroline walk down the aisle. And when Stefan was left to improvise his vows, he brought things all the way back to the season 4 prom, when Caroline told him that he would find love again after Elena. He didn’t realize it then, but it would be with her.
As we know, when it came to saving those he loved, Stefan would do anything. And in season 8, he proved that when he made a literal deal with the devil in order to save Caroline’s daughters from a lifetime serving Cade. Instead, he agreed to do the unthinkable — serve Cade, thereby signing himself up for the worst job anyone could imagine.
You knew we’d get here eventually. In the series finale, someone had to die in order to kill Katherine Pierce once and for all and destroy hell. Damon was ready and willing to step up, but in the end, Stefan decided to give his brother a shot at the love he now deserved (and to give Elena the opportunity to get to know the person Damon was before Stefan made him turn). So, after giving his brother the cure, Stefan took down Katherine (and hell) and not only gave everyone the opportunity to live a full life, but he gave them a shot at peace, and there’s no better gift than that.