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Published on Mar 12, 2012
Fair warning, I'll be needing to get my Elejah love out of my system, so you may expect a streak of EE videos. No regrets. Sorry. :(
Alright, so I've been working on this since Friday and I'm quite pleased with it. I had my doubts during the process, but I didn't want to give up. This song is so beautiful and it's perfect for Elijah's feelings towards Elena. This is a love song, obviously. But I'm applying it a little bit differently. There's arguments all over about Elijah's feelings towards Elena. Daniel Gillies has said time and time again that he believes Elijah does have some level of affection for her, and that he may even love her.
It's rather interesting to me because in 2x19 after he explains everything, Elena realizes that he cared for Katerina. His response is "It's a common mistake I'm told. It's one I won't make again." In this moment he is basically telling Elena that he won't develop any feelings towards her because he had to suffer not only losing Katerina, but Tatia as well. People have said it's pathetic that Elijah has developed feelings for all the Petrovas; and the only reason he was attracted to Katerina and Elena is because of their resemblance and connection with Tatia (and their purpose in the sacrifice ritual) While this may be true to a certain extent, I believe it goes much deeper; especially with Elena.
Personally I don't think Elijah loved Katerina. I think it was more of an infatuation. In the beginning he was taken back because of how much her appearance reminded him of Tatia. I think Elijah took a fondness of Katerina because of her naivety. She was a sweet innocent HUMAN girl; one that his brother wanted to sacrifice for his own selfish gain. Five hundred years later, the cycle repeats itself. But Elijah comes to learn that Elena is not to be underestimated. That instead of running away she's willing to give up her life for the safety of the ones she loves. Everyone tries so hard to protect her and looks down on her for that reason, but Elijah admires of her strength and nobility. She's a miracle to him, as Daniel Gillies has said.
Ok, I'll do my best to put this in perspective from how I interpret the meaning. "I've loved you for a thousand years" is in reference to Elijah and his affection for the physicality of Tatia. Both the doppelgangers have the face of the original Petrova, so YOU refers to the persona of the Petrova being(no distinction). But "I'll love you for a thousand more" refers to the feelings Elijah has for Elena because he's come to admire her for who SHE is as a person. Elijah could gladly let Elena die, but no matter how many times they betray each others trust, they are are open to forgive one another. They know that the reason behind their actions aren't meant to be selfish. No matter how much Elijah and Elena unintentionally hurt another, I feel they will always find a way to set it right.
"How can I love when I'm afraid to fall." - Being guarded for so long and trying his best not to let his emotions get the better of him, I think maybe Elijah is a little reluctant to fall in love. He told Elena he wouldn't make the same mistake again, so perhaps a part of that is his own fear and doubt of allowing himself to trust, and maybe even love. "But watching you stand alone." refers to him seeing Elena "stand alone", meaning her being independent and take control of the situation. He admires that part of her.
"I have died every day, waiting for you." - Elijah has lived for a thousand years. He's probably been lonely and kept his emotions guarded after past experiences with Tatia and Katerina in reference to allowing himself to care for someone. Klaus said that love is a vampire's greatest weakness, and perhaps to an extent Elijah did believe that. He values qualities such as trust, honesty, and respect. During his life experience, living through a vast multitude of change, I think Elijah may have lost faith in humanity. Meaning that he saw there was no worth in people. And without his family, he was alone. Elena was just part of a business wager; but it grew to be so much more than that. I can only hope it will continue to develop.
"All along I believed I would find you. Time has brought your heart to me." - This is my own belief revolving around fate or destiny. People come in to our lives, they leave an impression, and if they are meant to stay, they will stay. Elijah has had the opportunity to kill Elena, or simply leave her. But he won't. And even with him gone now I don't think he could stay away forever. As Daniel Gillies has said "she is a miracle to him". Throughout his existence I don't think Elijah gave up all hope for humanity. They were brought together for a reason, and I think they'll do their best to be a part of each other's lives the best they can.
a thousand years; christina perri elijah & elena; tvd