A large portion of the audience seems to be assuming that last week’s revelation implied that Elena’s feelings for Damon are entirely based on the sire bond, and are therefore not valid. There’s no evidence to support that, though. Yes, she probably liked the red dress because of Damon, and she probably can’t drink from a blood bag because of Damon. But nothing we’ve seen on the show would imply that she’s in love with him simply because he implored her to be. First of all, Tyler never fell in love with Klaus — in fact, he never even respected Klaus. Second of all, we’ve seen Elena’s feelings for Damon evolve over three and a half seasons. Even a die-hard Stelena shipper can admit that there’s been development there. Their kiss outside the motel last season hasn’t been forgotten.