Of course, such an ending might have been even more heartbreaking than the final as it aired. Stefan’s death was already sad enough, especially considering he had just married Caroline. Killing Damon just as Elena woke up would have been a real bummer. That said, the relationship between the Salvatore brothers was arguably the most important of the show by the end of the final season, and there would have been a sort of poetic justice in them going out together. Ian Somerhalder’s idea for change certainly paints an intriguing picture of what might have been. Interestingly, showrunner Julie Plec recently revealed that The Vampire Diaries actually could have had a different ending.