Look, I’ll say this. Katherine may have detto that she loved Damon because it would rattle Elena. But, what seems to confuse people is her behavior in 2x21-2x22 — in comination with these words. Hence, it’s very much a statement like, “I don’t get it! First, Katherine loves Stefan forever (and ever, amen!) and then she loves Damon. Katherine’s confusing!” that tends to circulate around the fandom.
But, I’ll agree there.
She’s an enigma, and I don’t deny that.
That said, I think that what you’re pointing out is actually pretty simple, and just wasn’t told to te throughout...
Here is my problem with the idea that Katherine is indifferent to Damon; te (used as a generalization) might be able to say that Katherine plays games with him just because she likes his reactions and lusts after him because she can’t have him, but if te compare her relationships with Mason/Stefan to hers with Damon, te can see obvious differences – ones that say più about what Kat’s feeling.
Because SK and DK are compared to death, I’ll start with Mason.
Like her relationship with Damon, Katherine doesn’t (well, can’t) compel Mason, so his Amore for her seems legitimate. However,...