Wolfchild wrote:Following the logic laid out LDKRI, there is no reason to suspect that becoming infected would cure Stefan's cancer. In fact, it would seem likely that the infection would just keep him alive despite the cancer. After all, Eli was not restored to an undamaged state by becoming infected. Instead, it kept him at the state that the was in when he became infected. I suppose it is a bit contradictory that a scar was grown over what must have been an open wound from his castration, but Eli's genitals were not regenerated in any fashion.
How would Stefan feel about living forever with his cancer, and at the cost of an unlimited number of murders? How would Karin feel about that?
I don't think it is made clear in LTROI/LDRKI that Eli was infected immediately after castration. Perhaps he was mutilated and the wound left to heal before he was infected? We only really have the second (?) memory transfer which is rather inconclusive about the passage of time and sequence of events.
Sees the bowl the man is holding in his hands, the bowl he brings to his mouth and how he drinks. How the man shuts his eyes, finally shuts them and drinks … More time … Endless time. Imprisoned. The man bites. And drinks. Bites. And drinks.
...which is probably when Eli became infected.
On the other hand, we know that Eli's back was "one big open wound" when he fell from the bath and killed Lacke. The infection could heal that so it's possible that the castration wound could also have been healed by it. The infection had no use for the missing genitals so it may not have wasted effort regenerating them.
In Stefan's case I'd also assumed that the cancer would just be put in remission if he became infected. Whether he and Karin would be prepared to go down that road is debatable. They seemed wrapped up in each other but it's a big leap from that to living at the cost of the lives of innumerable others .