"Stefan is completely unable to see that Elena is still essentially the same girl she has always been – that she’s still good and kind – only now she’s strong too – strong for herself for once – now she believes she has the right to be alive and be happy about it. Basically the only difference between Elena in 322 and Elena now is that Elena in 322 was seriously depressed. And Stefan has made the mistake of thinking the depression was who Elena is. It’s not actually the so much the vampire in Elena that confuses him, it’s the happiness. And especially the happiness with Damon."