Though the media tends to focus on Elena’s love triangle trouble on “The Vampire Diaries,” Caroline (Candice Accola) always seems to find herself at the center of some serious romantic geometry as well. Remember her whole “Everyone just needs to stop kissing me!” debacle? We felt really bad for her then. Seriously.
When this season kicks off, Caroline and Tyler (Michael Trevino) have just decided to run away together — a romantic notion, sure, but what happens when the reality kicks in? In this case, the reality is a vampire possession spell and, in Episode 2, a new hunter in town — a hunter who specifically sets his sights on Tyler. With all of that going on, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is still interested in Caroline (as evidenced by his priorities in the season premiere!). Zap2it visited “The Vampire Diaries” set in September, and obviously we grilled Candice and Joseph on all that’s to come for Klaus, Caroline, and Tyler.
Candice teases some rocky shores ahead for Caroline and Tyler — or “Forwood” as the fans call it. “It makes complete sense that they were this amazing, incredibly naive, incredibly hopeful, incredibly young and innocent [couple], at a wonderful point in their relationship, where they’re essentially like ‘Forget this. We’re going to run away, we have each other, that’s all we need. We have us, we have our love,'” she says. “Let’s throw in some reality here. It’s very true to life. That parallels a lot in the real world, where you can have this ‘Oh, we’re so much in love,’ but you have to be able to handle the real life situations. You have to talk about things.”
When we were on set, the cast was in the middle of shooting Episode 7 — and Klaus was still doggedly pursuing Caroline. “Klaus certainly is going to play a part in tormenting their relationship,” Candice confirms. “but basically, they’re going to be faced with the reality of romance. For some couples, I think that they can flourish under that, and for others, I think, it’s crippling. For them, they’re still finding their footage within that.”
If Caroline and Klaus do manage to get together this season, it will take some serious character development — after all, Klaus has made several attempts to kill Caroline’s BFF, and he’s not showing any signs of stopping now that Elena is a vampire. We asked Candice and Joseph about which character would have to compromise — would Klaus become more good, or would Caroline explore her dark side? Their answers were a bit surprising.
“I think that everyone has a dark side,” Candice says. “And I’m not just quoting Kelly Clarkson’s song… but it’s true. Especially in young relationships, you do compromise yourself, and you do compromise your thoughts and your morals and your beliefs, and not just pertaining to young relationships, but I think that’s more common in young relationships. I don’t know if I necessarily see Klaus compromising too much… I think there’s definitely a possibility that we could see Caroline compromise herself for a relationship.”
Joseph has a very different idea of how their eventual (potential) hookup will happen. “If she’s going to give him a chance, she’s going to kind of have to forgive him for the Aunt Jenna thing, and all the terrible stuff,” he says. “There’s going to have to be some huge compromise. I mean I think the compromise would have to be on his side, really. I’m not sure how willing she would be to move towards the dark side, though anything can happen. You never know.”
Through all of that, the relationship between Tyler and Klaus continues to be a factor, and we’ll see more exploration of the sire bond as we get into the holiday season. “Klaus continues to try and find ways to manipulate Tyler. It started with him encouraging Tyler to bite Caroline and then swooping in like a hero to rescue her,” Joseph laughs. “Everyone seemed to forget that he was the one who persuaded Tyler to bite her in the first place.”
The competition is definitely on in Season 4, though, so don’t miss a minute of it. “Deep down, ultimately, he’s a good guy. He’s honorable now, at least, so I think it’s difficult for Klaus to compete with him in terms of honor because of all the terrible things that he’s done, so he finds other ways to kind of put himself up there.”
The accent helps.
The new season premieres tonight, Thursday Oct. 11, at 8 p.m. on The CW. In the meantime, you can watch our video interview below (But be warned, the video was a little glitchy! We think the ghost of Alaric was messing with our technology. We miss him enough to forgive him.)