As actress Candice Accola tells The Hollywood Reporter, when the two reunite, “fans will appreciate them for what they are.” Until their meeting happens in Mystic Falls, Caroline has enough to keep her busy: taking care of Bonnie’s newly turned mother Abby, dealing with Klaus’ charming (and devious ways) and getting pulled into the Salvatores’ plans.
Accola spoke to THR about whether Caroline’s perspective on Klaus has changed, a “huge” turning point in next week’s episode “The Murder of One” and how happy Tyler-Caroline fans will be by season’s end.
The Hollywood Reporter: Has Caroline’s outlook changed in any capacity with Klaus?
Candice Accola: I don’t think Caroline’s perspective of Klaus has changed at all. I fall into the trap of just ‘shipping everyone that hasn’t been together in those television shows, like a lot of the viewers, but I think viewers need to remember, and I have to remind myself as well within reading the scene that Klaus is very bad. He’s creating an army, all he wants is power and control and he’s willing to do anything and murder people and he’s not a good guy. I really don’t think Caroline’s let her guard down. Her guard is very much up and she knows exactly what she wants from Klaus, for him to release Tyler from his sirebond so they can actually have a chance to be together. That’s her main goal at this point and she’s not falling into any sort of romanticized version of the possibility of Klaus being a nice guy.
THR: There were moments where it seemed Caroline might have been charmed by Klaus?
Accola: I definitely think that, but also what’s going on here is that we’re finally seeing a sensitive side of Klaus, we’re finally seeing him care about something and not in a way that is based around family. When you see a big angry dog finally ease up you’re like “awww” and it’s easy to fall victim to that. Caroline has relaxed around him in a sense where she can sit next to him and they can have a conversation but one of my favorite things about Caroline is how much she’s developed as a young woman within the show. She doesn’t need the guy to always like her anymore. If this was season 1, Caroline would be head over heels in love with Klaus. Now, she’s grown up , she has much more wisdom and she has a much better sense of herself. I think it’s hilarious that season 1, all she wants is the guy to like her, “Why don’t they like me?,” and in season 3, the guy finally likes her and she’s like, “I don’t want him anymore.” As flattering as it is, she has her wits about her at this point, but we’ll see what happens in the episodes to come.
THR: Will there be more scenes with Stefan and Caroline before the season is over? There was a wonderful dynamic that formed between them ..
Accola: It surprised me too. I really didn’t expect there to be a funny cadence between those characters’ conversations. It fit perfectly into it, especially at that time with Stefan showing her the ropes because Caroline is the perky “play with me play with me” pesky cheerleader and Stefan is more brooding, serious and so they played well together. I think this season there’s been other things to focus on and Caroline’s taken over Stefan’s place in the sense of showing people who are new in their supernatural ability, how to cope with it. There has been no intention to not have Caroline and Stefan be in scenes together, it’s just there’s been so many plot points and story lines going on right now. They’re still there. I’m sure that they’ll eventually have scenes together again.
THR: Can you speak to how Caroline helps Bonnie’s mother Abby adjust to her new supernatural life?
Accola: In the episode we had left off with two weeks ago, Caroline says to Elena, “Bonnie’s the one that gets hurt, it’s always Bonnie that falls victim.” Caroline goes with Bonnie to her mother’s house and they stay and try to ease the transition as best she can and pass on what she’s learned. There are some really beautiful moments that happen within that.
THR: More emotional moments?
Accola: I don’t want to specify to much. You will get to know Abby more and we’ll also get to learn more about the witches’ powers and why they are so special.
THR: What can we expect in “The Murder of One,” airing next week? Caroline gets thrown into Stefan and Damon’s little plan to gain ground on Klaus ..
Accola: The ultimate plan is to take down Klaus. There’s a huge, huge turning point for the show that happens within that episode. It’s very important, if you’re going to miss any episode don’t miss that one. It has very important information. No hints, no hints, it’s that game-changing.
THR: On a scale of 1-10, how happy will Caroline and Tyler fans be by the end of the season?
Accola: I think they’ll be happy.
THR: Care to put a number on it?
Accola: No. I will say there are different forms of happiness and so it might not turn out the way that [one expects]. Let’s just say Caroline and Tyler will have scenes together in the episodes to come and in leading up to the finale. The fans will appreciate them for what they are.
The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on the CW.