In fact, Elena literally gave the brothers a big speech about how she didn’t want to make a choice because she didn’t want to lose either of them. Thankfully, my girl Caroline was quick to remind her that she will eventually have to choose.
Or…actually, he will be the one that stays gone. I predicted before that Damon would make the choice for Elena. I stand par that. He will tell Stefan to go back without him and be happy with Elena. He will do this because he loves them both
it's hard to deny what was a dit at the very beginning of the pilot -- this is his story. Elena will probably choose Damon at the end of the season, and she may choose Damon forever, but this has always felt like Stefan's story.