If you’ve seen the exclusive pictures we posted from tonight’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, then you know that we’re in for a heavy dose of romantic tension between Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Elena (Nina Dobrev), and Stefan (Paul Wesley), as well as Caroline (Candice Accola) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan).
But when I spoke to executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson for this week’s cover story (be honest, how many times have you ogled the images?), I couldn’t help but ask them about another potential pairing: Stefan and Caroline.
I know what you’re thinking. The two of them have barely shared any screen time since season 2, when Stefan helped Caroline adjust to being a vampire. But when they did, it was so good. Turns out, I’m not the only one who noticed. Williamson revealed he’s well aware of the chemistry between the two characters and he’d like to see their relationship evolve. “We touched on that in the second season a little bit. We always know it’s there, and if anything, I yearn to see some more moments between them as friends,” says Williamson, who also points out that Caroline has chemistry with practically every guy in Mystic Falls. “There’s a lot of shipping to do for her.” Tell me about it.
For Plec, Caroline’s relationship with Stefan is reminiscent of his friendship with Lexie (Arielle Kebbel), the vampire who helped him find his humanity throughout the years, until she was eventually killed by Damon. “We’ve always said that Caroline — even if we don’t play it on the forefront, but in the life of the series — is Lexie,” explains Plec. “It’s only a matter of time before that friendship is allowed to grow and be fostered.”
Welsey too acknowledged that though eternal love is with Elena, there are sparks with Caroline. “I think she definitely brings the jovial side out of Stefan,” he says. “I think it could be a nice match, but I don’t know how long-lasting it is. Maybe he can have a little fling. Although that might be unforgivable. One of Elena’s best friends.”
Fans rooting for Stefan to work things out with Elena, or those waiting to see what develops between Caroline and Klaus/Tyler/Matt (take your pick!), don’t need to worry quite yet though. With so many relationships already swirling around Mystic Falls, it seems pretty unlikely that Stefan and Caroline will pick up anytime soon. “Right now, for the rest of this season, we’re trying to get Stefan back on track with his relationship with Elena, and in his relationship with his brother,” says Plec. “Once we see how that plays out, we’ll see if he needs a friend, a shoulder to cry on, or if he’s gonna be back with Elena.”