She also has an adoptive aunt named Jenna Sommers who serves as her and Jeremy's legal guardian in the first two seasons of the series.
After researching the Salvatores, Elena realizes Stefan was alive in 1864.
It is later revealed that he is a 162-year-old vampire.
Damon also begins falling for Elena, although she continues her relationship with Stefan.
The focal points of the show are the love triangle formed by series' protagonist Elena Gilbert (Dobrev) and vampire brothers Stefan Salvatore (Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Somerhalder) and the town's supernatural history, involving Elena's friends and relatives.
Smith's novel series of the same name by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec.
Matt Davis is credited as a series regular from episode 1x14 to episode 1x22.
From episode 1x01 to episode 1x08 he is not credited and does not appear.
From episode 1x09 to episode 1x13 he is credited as a special guest star.
Elena Gilbert (based on Elena Gilbert from the novels) is the central character and one of the protagonists as well as the female lead of the series, for the first six seasons.