Moment of Goodness

Moment of Goodness: Damon Tells Elena He Loves Her on The Vampire Diaries “Rose”

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Heather M. does a wonderful job touching on the subject of this Moment of Goodness in her awesome recap, but it was so amazing I wanted to feature it on its own. Before I go into it, I first have to bring up a stellar scene that preceded it because they’re connected. Stefan apologizes to Damon for getting him turned 145 years ago. That, by the way, is one of my favorite developments in the time this show has been on the air. For the record, I’ve never read any of the books, so I knew nothing of this fact until I watched the series. I always assumed bad boy Damon was the instigator. Anyway, Stefan knows he and his older brother will have to work together to defend Elena from the forces that are hunting her down so he does what he should have done a long time ago:

“I’m sorry.”

“About what?”

“For being the guy who made you turn 145 years ago.”

“Enough, Stef, it’s late. No need to rehash that.”

“But you know what? I’ve never said it out loud. I guess I just need to say it and you need to hear it. I’m sorry. What I did was selfish. Didn’t want to be alone. Guess I just needed my brother.”

I felt the power of that apology. It was for real. And I could tell Damon felt it too. We figured it out pretty quickly because he shows up at Elena’s for his own big reveal and the episode’s spectacular Moment of Goodness. Damon brings Elena her necklace, but before he gives it to her, he makes a confession that I’m sure had Delena fans ecstatic. He realizes how selfish it is going to sound but he goes ahead anyway:

“I love you, Elena. And it’s because I love you that I can’t be selfish with you. And why you can’t know this. I don’t deserve you. But my brother does.”

He kisses her on the forehead.

“God, I wish you didn’t have to forget this. But you do.”

And as he compels her to forget, there’s a close-up shot of his eye. A single tear is shed. So beautiful. Such a gorgeous and hauntingly beautiful moment that’s lost since Elena won’t remember a thing. And what started out as a selfish moment turned into a selfless act. Well, as selfless as Damon can get since there was a little bit of mind manipulation to go with it. I wonder if Damon feels better now that he’s gotten that off his chest.

Ian Somerhalder just nailed that moment. I have my own confession: I shed my own tear(s) while watching this scene. There, I said it. Not sure if I feel better about it, however.

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