Where are they going with E.J.'s feelings for Sami

Is it possible that the writers are trying to have E.J. develop regrets about what he has done to Sami as he sees her emotional state after Sydney returns? He was(and is) a monster for doing what he did to her. He deserves to suffer in jail for his crime; not regain a position of hero in Sami's eyes, or in her bed. Please writers: DON'T GO THERE. Even if a lot of viewers think E.J. is a hunk, he is a thug, and this should be made clear to Sami soon.