They are attacked by the vampires before Elena's intervention. As soon as Alaric and 's wedding took place, killed Jo and attacked everyone, putting Elena into a coma. Elena cares whether Damon lives or dies, and even when she chooses Stefan over him, Damon continues to still be there for her when she needs somebody and feels she can't turn to Stefan about it. Elena held Stefan as he started to recover from his wounds. Stefan refused, but eventually gave in and ferociously killed Frederick. Elena and Stefan continued to try to find the grimoire themselves. Katherine has a go, pushing her hand into Elena and grabbing her heart.
Before he leaves, Stefan asks Elena if she needs a ride to 's party. Damon basically did the same thing he did when he thought Katherine was entombed; waiting for Katherine 2. However, the witches hadn't broken Emily's spell and when Stefan went in to save Elena, he couldn't get out of the tomb. In Shane's study, Rebekah tortures the man, only for him to spit out his tongue and kill himself. Stefan was upset by this, but understood her reasons. Damon has never lied to her and would always tell her the truth, although he has admitted that he will lie to her if it saves her life. Elena breaks in and attacks Connor, but he is taken away by Stefan.
Damon threatens Elena Stefan tells Elena that they have no choice to get the from to save her life. He saw her off, giving her a passionate goodbye kiss to make Damon uncomfortable. In the end, Stefan played by Paul Wesley , newly human again, sacrificed his future with his wife, Caroline played by Candice King , to save his brother, Damon played by Ian Somerhalder , and the town he has loved for nearly two centuries. . Kol is finally staked by Jeremy at the end of the episode. Katherine also lets Elena know that she knows about her fake break up with Stefan. This memory resurfaces after Elena transitioned into a vampire in.
Stefan and Elena at the Grill. Stefan and Klaus team up once again to stop Connor, but Klaus leaves to find Alexander's sword. Klaus makes an offer to Rebekah to help him stop Kol and protect Jeremy and when she refuses he turns to Stefan for help. At the Mystic Falls , Elena is spooked by a sudden fog and a crow. After Damon escaped from the basement, he to Elena's house, looking for Stefan, who had taken which could protect him from the sun, which if he didn't have that ring back before sun rise he would burn and eventually die.
When they arrived at her house, Elena asked him if he saw the ring, and he admitted he didn't and that he got lucky with the ring, given the fact that he could have truly killed Jeremy. Caroline pleads with Damon to give her the bell striker so they can take out Sybil and Seline. Stefan, however, can't do it properly because of how he feeds, so Damon volunteers to do it instead. He was determined to move on, before he came upon the discovery that Elena was sired to Damon. Rebekah is offered a spot in Klaus' new domain, but she turns them down. Meanwhile Caroline and Stefan try to convince Klaus that it would be in his own best interest to help them track down Silas.
Caroline, Bonnie and Elena held a séance to find out what Emily wanted, but Emily possessed Bonnie. He tells her that though Tyler is her first love, he to be her last. She was relieved that is was only just a dream, unaware that a crow was by her window, hinting that Damon may have been responsible. Silas is still trying to convince Bonnie to do the last massacre. Jeremy approaches Tyler to try and find out if he could borrow the stone. Realizing that Stefan is a ticking time bomb, Caroline ushers all the Miss Mystic Falls attendees out.
Caroline invites him to a back-to-school party which Stefan accepts, seeing as Elena is going as well. Later, at the hospital, Jeremy and Elena are relieved to find out that Jenna is going to be ok. He then tells her that she would've liked him better as a human, to which she responds she likes him now, the way he is. For the sake of getting Damon out of town, the Bennetts agreed to open the tomb. Their relationship was rekindled and lasted into the beginning of season 4.
But the initial plan was for Damon to die. Stefan was Elena's escort to the , but his craving for blood led him to steal from the blood bank. It doesn't work, but he stops when Stefan subdues him. After an errand with Alaric, Damon sees Elena in the couch writing in her diary and puts her foot up so he can sit down then puts her foot back on his lap, patting it. Elena decides that she is going to kill Katherine. Stefan and Elena sit on the front steps and talk.
Stefan is called to rescue Elena, and he calls Caroline for back up. Elena gave him a hug and told him she was sorry. Matt allows Elena, who is losing control because of the blood, to feed on him inconspicuously. She survived, but this incident caused Elena to break up with Stefan, worried that as long as she and Stefan were together, Katherine would hurt or possibly kill everyone she loved. Elena is disheartened after hearing about Katherine. Stefan tries to show Elena that being a vampire can be fun, but Rebekah also returns to school and begins to torment Elena by bringing up Alaric and tempting her with blood.
Elena notices Stefan has mysteriously disappeared again. With the help of , Elena investigates this, and sees Stefan's face for herself on an old film at the local television station. Maybe she did have hope that they will be back together when she awoke, but she let him go in hopes that he would live his life and be happy even though she was gone. For Stefan's own good, Elena went to Alaric and asked for one of his vervain darts, which she injected into Stefan to weaken him. Meanwhile, Bonnie, Elena, and Damon head to Whitmore College, where they meet Professor Shane, who appears to be a believer in the supernatural, and takes a liking to Bonnie. Rebekah visits Stefan, telling him she has a plan; to steal Silas' headstone, forcing Shane to join forces with them.