“Vampire Diaries” stars Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder may have ended their relationship in 2013, but their on-screen characters Elena and Damon are hotter than ever. On Wednesday, the pair took to the stage at the 40th Annual People’s Choice Awards to accept the award for “Favorite Onscreen Chemistry.” While we’re still mourning “Nian,” we’re taking this time to look back at Delena’s hottest moments over the past five seasons.
The Time Damon Fed Elena His Blood (Season 2, Episode 20)
Elena may have been dating Stefan, but that didn’t stop Damon from developing feelings for her. Fearing that Klaus would kill her during his moonstone ritual, Damon decided to do something drastic – force-feed Elena his blood.
Needless to say, Elena and Stefan were not happy with Damon’s decision. But there is no denying that it was a pretty romantic move to make. I mean, who wouldn’t want their vampire boyfriend’s brother to force-feed them blood to guarantee an eternal life together?
The Time Damon And Elena Danced Together For The First Time (Season 1, Episode 19)
Stefan completely blew it in season 1 and left Elena to make her entrance at the Miss Mystic Falls gala all by herself. Fortunately, Damon was able to step in, and their dance quickly became a fan favorite scene in season 1.
The Time Damon And Elena Spent The Night In A Motel Together (Season 3, Episode 19)
Damon and Elena definitely grew closer in season 3 thanks to Klaus flipping the ripper switch on Stefan. With her boyfriend out of town, Elena turned to Damon … and the result was this sexy motel scene! In episode 19 of season 3, Damon was lounging around at night with his shirt open while Elena pretended to sleep in bed. But who could honestly keep their eyes closed with a bare-chested Damon in the room? Eventually catching on that Elena was watching him, Damon went over to join her in bed, where they continued to look into each other’s eyes and eventually hold hands.
The sexual tension forced Elena to flee the room. But Damon followed her out and Elena made the move that all Delena shippers had been waiting for – a steamy (and handsy) kiss.
The Time Damon And Elena Didn’t Realize That She Was Sired To Him (Season 4, Episode 7)
Elena’s transition to a vampire certainly wasn’t easy. She ended up breaking up with Stefan, getting in a fight with Caroline, and was forced to deal with the fact that Jeremy wanted to kill her. But the one person who stood by her side was Damon. “I don’t think I‘ve ever seen you more alive,” he told her.
Granting her a wish of a dance inside the Salvatore living room, the slow dance quickly turned into kissing …with Elena throwing Damon against a wall and ripping his shirt off. But the night didn’t end there. The pair eventually made it up to Damon’s room for their first tryst between the sheets.
The Time Elena Was Not Sorry For Loving Damon (Season 4, Episode 23)
The most romantic Delena moment of all time was when Elena professed her love to Damon during the season 4 finale. “In death you’re the one that made me feel the most alive,” she explained. “You’ve been a terrible person … I’m not sorry I’m in love you with. I love you, Damon.”
The pair embraced and “Vampire Dairies” fans went crazy – until they saw how heartbroken Stefan was. (Womp womp!)
The Time Damon And Elena Couldn’t Keep Their Hands Off Each Other (Season 5, Episode 1)
These two are very handsy. Poor Jeremy. Enough said.
The Time Damon Said He Wasn’t Jealous Of Stefan (Season 5, Episode 2)
After having some strange dreams, Elena discovered that Stefan was missing. Damon picked Elena up from Whitmore College to begin their search, which resulted in Damon telling Elena that: “For the record, I’m secure enough in our relationship that you having psychic dreams about your ex-boyfriend does not bother me.” He was rewarded with some PDA and a couple of “I love you’s” from Elena.
That Time Damon And Elena Were Forced To Protect Katherine (Season 5, Episode 3)
Elena, Damon and Katherine (awkward!) were on the hunt for Stefan when they ran into Nadia. At the time no one realized that Nadia was Katherine’s daughter, and the vampire took off with Katherine. Elena went to chase after her, but not before Damon kissed Elena and told her that Katherine wasn’t worth a hair on her head.
The Time Elena And Damon Threw All The ‘Fate’ Talk Out The Window (Season 5, Episode 3)
Damon was pretty bummed to find out that the universe has been pushing Elena and Stefan doppelgangers together for years. Believing his relationship with Elena to be doomed, Elena made sure to clear things up for her beau.
“I’m not going to let Silas’ 2,000-year-old ex-girlfriend screw things up between us,” she told Damon.
“And you think I am?” Damon questioned her. “No one tells me how I live my life. No one tells me who I love. Especially not some vindictive prehistoric witch and definitely not the universe. And I’m not going to let someone else’s idea of destiny stop me from loving you or being with you or building a future you because you are my life.”