The Vampire Diaries Showrunner, Julie Plec, recently spoiled to Hollywood about the upcoming emotional fallout that will engulf Elena when TVD returns January 17th.
“Elena's mindset is basically a combination of feeling a sense of loss of not being able to be around Damon and also this profound sense of guilt for how much she's hurt Stefan.” Don't forget about the third man in her life, though: her brother, Jeremy. "Equal to that, a protectiveness of Jeremy,” Plec adds. "She's feeling very unsettled that she's not there where he is in helping him go through the motions to uncover the rest of his hunter marks. So she's got a lot that she's concerned about. In the midst of all of it, she's still wondering, are these [true] feelings she's feeling [for Damon]? They feel so real. What is going on with me?”