(The CW, 8/7c) is bound to be a tearjerker — Sheriff Forbes is, at last, laid to rest — but Candice Accola tells TVLine there’s a silver lining in the hour for Caroline, and it goes by the name of Stefan Salvatore.
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“Caroline and Stefan definitely need to have a talk about what happened,” Accola acknowledges. “We will see them discuss it, and the result of that conversation will really paint a picture of what’s in store for them in the future.”
Read on for more of Accola’s thoughts on Caroline’s relationship with Stefan, the loss of her mother and the next step in her journey towards becoming “the best person that she can be.”
TVLINE | When we left Caroline last week, she was, understandably, a mess. What’s her mental and emotional state at the top of Thursday’s episode?
First of all, I don’t think there’s ever been a more depressing ending to a show ever. [
] We’re going to see Caroline waking up to the reality that her mom is dead. We’ll see the exact same Caroline we’ve seen for six seasons; she’s got a goal to accomplish, which is to bury her mother, and she’s going to do it in an efficient fashion. She’s making lists and assigning tasks. We’ll see the business of death, all the things you have to do and the realities you have to face.
TVLINE | It’s been a rough season for Caroline as a character; how has that been for you as an actress?
It’s been a long couple of months with these emotional episodes. The running joke has been me saying, “Julie, can you
let me stop crying? I’m tired of crying!” But the episodes have also been so powerful, so I feel very grateful that the role of Caroline and this journey she’s on have been entrusted to me. So it’s exhausting, but I’m also grateful to go to work every day and play it out.
TVLINE | Are you bummed that you won’t be working alongside Marguerite McIntyre anymore?
work sometimes, so it actually works out fine for me. Whenever she writes an episode of
, she comes down to Atlanta for the filming, so there are plenty of nights we’ll see each other. I am sad about not getting to work with her, though, because it’s always such a privilege to act in a scene with her. She brings such grace to the set, and I hope to emulate that. We all went out after the big death scene and had what we call an “Irish wake” for Sheriff Forbes, our own heart-to-heart moment to honor her.
TVLINE | OK, let’s talk about Stefan and Caroline’s kiss, which I’ve been waiting for since Season 2. What was it like to finally film that moment?
the progression of the Stefan-Caroline relationship. I love that it’s been such a slow burn, and I love that it wasn’t this aggressively dramatic moment; it was just really sweet and tender and the sun was setting. They didn’t need to start ripping each other’s clothes off. It was just a sweet, simple first kiss. And we could not have had a better sunset for that location shoot. The first day we were supposed to shoot it was cloudy and grey, so we swapped some scenes around and we filmed it the next day. We had to wait for the sun to set, then once it started setting, everybody was like, “Go! Go!”
TVLINE | Elena seems relatively cool with Stefan and Caroline becoming close. Will that change?
As of right now, everybody’s really comfortable. Caroline’s comfortable telling Elena that she kissed Stefan, Elena’s comfortable hearing about what they’re up to, Stefan’s comfortable with Elena and Caroline talking about it, Stefan’s comfortable with Elena and Damon being together — everybody’s comfortable. I’m not sure how this would all work out in real life, but this is a vampire show, so it seems like everybody’s OK with it.
TVLINE | Caroline and Damon haven’t always gotten along, but it seems like they’re in similar situations with Sheriff Forbes. Will her death bring them closer together?
I love that Damon gives Sheriff Forbes’ eulogy. And you’re right, Caroline has been very back-and-forth about him; they haven’t gotten along for many seasons. But the fact that Caroline is focused on burying her mother, she doesn’t have time to think about her past experiences with Damon. I think her reaction to Damon giving the eulogy will surprise many of the viewers.
TVLINE | Julie Plec described this as the “Sheriff Forbes chapter” of the season. What does the next chapter have in store for Caroline?
We’re actually not that far ahead of the episodes that are airing right now, so the next chapter is building as we speak. For now, she’s just very focused on honoring her mother and figuring out what she needs to do for herself to move forward and to be the best person that she can be.
fans, do you approve of Stefan and Caroline’s budding romance? And what do you hope to see happen to Caroline in the next “chapter”? Drop a comment with your thoughts and theories below.
Caan’t wait to see what happens next with steroline! Their first kiss was perfection, but Caroline is going through such a hard time I don’t know what will happen! And yeah poor Candice having to cry so much all season!
Caroline has been with Demon, Matt, Tyler and proclaimed her love, crush, devoted, blah blah blah to all of them, now Stefan? Watch out Alaric Caroline’s gotta put another notch on her head board buddy and your turn is coming. So when Stefan said it’s not gonna happen Caroline in season 1 episode 1 and we were told this was a show about an epic Love between Stefan and Elena were we lied to? played? promised so we’d watch then pulled a fast one? they’ve changed this show from the wildly exciting show it used to be and turned it into the Dullena Diaries. Congrats Julie and Caroline, you lost another viewer. The ratings have dropped since this show was turned into the dullena diaries.
sorry babe, I can’t hear your pointless slutshaming over the sound of Stefan and Caroline being adorable.
Lol, you DELENA’S pretending to be fans of Steroline are sooooooo obvious it’s pathetic. Don’t bother BS-ing up “babe”
Pathetic huh, and what are you, commenting on a show you don’t even watch anymore.
First stop assuming all SC fan are DE fan we’re not. And stop with the slutshaming. What if she has been with other guys before, he’s not a Virgin either, he has been with a lot of different girls during the 5 1/2 first Seasons. Maybe you’ve found your only love the first time but for most people it’s not the same. As opposed to DE whose a toxic relationship, SC is healthy but also beautiful and sweet and based on trust, support and friendship. And i personnaly love that kind of relationship.
Que? I don’t care one way or another about Delena. My favorite character is Caroline, and I’ve always liked Stefan better than Damon. I’m a nappy camper at the moment! No need to project on me just because you ship something else and are therefore mad about Steroline. IDRC!
Stefan has been with Elena, Katherine, Rebekah and Ivy etc why isn’t it him you have a problem with??? Stop internalized misogyny 2k15.
And you were “told” it was a love triangle, which for 5 yrs it was, it’s now been resolved which always had to happen. If you chose to ignore the premise of the show, that’s your own fault.
I’m excited to see what’s next for Steroline. I love what Candice said about it being simple and not over dramatic. That’s why I love Steroline so much because it’s so different than all the other relationships on this show.
Agreed. I find how this storyline about them was written to be more appalling than appealing.
The Steroline kiss was so perfect! I’m loving the slow burn to their relationship as well
Looking forward to more Stefan and Caroline plus Caroline dealing with her mom.
This interview is so… ugh. Everything sounds so bad.
sick of steroline.. i can’t wait for caroline to share scenes with someone else
Great interview Andy!!!! I enjoyed what Candice had to say about her arc this season, the loss of Liz, Steroline etc etc etc. Imo she’s been knocking out the park this season with her performance she’s sooo good and seems way sweet IRL :)
As for Steroline, you asked so I’ll answer lol!!! ITA with Candice…loving how they’ve developed them and omg that 1st kiss was perfection!!!! I’m in favor of them becoming a couple and living happily ever after lol. They’re a perfect match imo :) Btw, happy to hear there’ll be no angsting from Elena over it, the love triangle got sooooo old and boring, I’m happy with Steroline and Delena as the show’s main couples, I like them both :)
I’m impressed with how they’ve handled Steroline so far. They’ve planted small seeds since season 4 (some even before that) and let it slowly start to happen. We don’t see many relationships like that on television anymore so I’m intrigued with where they take them.
Steroline was amazing as a friendship! They ruined it for this romance that came out of nowhere! Caroline spent years shipping Stelena and suddenly she had feelings for Stefan herself! Phlleeease!
Stefan and Caroline is forced. I truly believe that the creators staged that whole Klaus & Caroline hook-up in “Season 5″ to get them rolling. Because we all know that if Caroline never slept with Klaus, Tyler & Caroline would be together.
Stefan has only been ‘in love’ with Elena. I don’t where DE Fans got the idea that he was ‘in love’ with Katherine & Rebekah.
“This is something I’ve never seen before. The only thing stronger than your craving for blood, is your love for this one girl.” | Niklaus Mikaelson
Perhaps Stefan and Caroline Fans (majority of them are DE), need to remind themselves of that fact…
Bc he was???? And IDG why you need him not to have been???? People in fiction and RL fall in and out of love all the time. 1864 Stefan wanted to be with Katherine forever. 20s Stefan was in love with Bex. 2009-10 Stefan was in love with Elena. Now he’s falling for Caroline. As his BFF Lexi said, there are multiple “ones” and that’s ok.
Your boyfriend/girlfriend can still be your best friend too, so it’s not like their friendship will completely demolish itself, and Steroline will be all about making love (like Delena), they’ll be the kind of couple that’s sweet, passionate, and still best friends. They’ll always turn to each other when they have problems cuz they’d be best friends and a couple sort of at the same time.
This was to all the people that kept saying Steroline has ruined their friendship by turning it romantic and blah blah blah.
TBH I stopped watched TVD for a while but I saw that Steroline was happening and I loved their scenes in season 2 so I decided to catch up on the show but really Steroline are the only reason I tuned back in!! LOVE THEM!!!!
Steroline is like when Joey and Rachel decided they wanted to date and realized they were too good of friends to make it work. I’m just not feeling it. They had more chemistry as friends.
I couldn’t agree more! That’s exactly what Steroline reminded me of- Rachel and Joey. They are great as friends but as a romantic couple… ick. I just don’t feel it. Still, I am going to give it a try and keep watching just like I did with friends back then.
I agree! I Hope it wile be the same with Steroline and they’ll understand that friendship is better for them. Caroline is my favourite character on that show but I don’t like path writers are choosing for her.
I am so out of the loop on this show. This is like when I heard Humphrey was dating Blair.
“Vampire Diaries fans, do you approve of Stefan and Caroline’s budding romance? ” Lol, I just wait for Steroline since season 2!!!! What kind of stupid question is that? If you waited a tiny piece than I waited for, you wouldn’t ask this question!
Lol same, I’ve been waiting that long for Steroline as well :)
Lol, not quite sure what she’s talking about. All the rest of us seen was forcing Stefan with Caroline so the Dullena Diaries is still front and center. Yawn, this show is so bad now
I hate Steroline and I hope that arc is over and done with as ASAP. My heart broke a little with that first kiss. Why couldn’t they just remain friends? Why? *sigh*
Steroline are beyond annoying at this point. I thought Care would know better than to fall for him when she knows how deeply he loved Elena? I feel like she will be insecure knowing he will never love her the same way. I don’t like seeing Caroline pining over a guy tbh.
I hope she will go dark or lose control. I also agree with Candice about the crying scenes lol
Yes. I would love to see Caroline lose control and go dark for awhile. It would be so interesting since she is usually so uptight.
He’s over Elena. People do move on. Elena certainly has so those feelings shouldn’t prevent him from moving on when Damon had no problem dating Elena knowing how they felt about each other.
Love them as a coupling, however i think (per usual) its so funny how they start off this series talking SO much about how Vampires have heightened emotions…and how they are borderline uncontrollable and make vampires SO passionate and why they are so quick to love/sex/hate/killing/feeding etc….but ever since Elena turned (and that was all brought up a ton) it has TOTALLY disappeared…and now look at these Vampires lmao…her mom was dying and now died and she has reacted like normal human Caroline..if anything she is handling it pretty damn well for a human being let alone a supposedly “hyper emotional” Vampire.
Yet again the show has left established mythology in the dust once they are done using it…another one is why all the alcohol drinking? If i remember right they cant get drunk or buzzed…in the first season they said they drank it to take the edge off of being hungry for blood…so why are they now drinking ALL the time and enjoying it and acting like they are getting buzzed? They drink it socially and at times (like when sad) when you’d only drink it as a human to get buzzed or drunk, so why the heck are they drinking it? Yet again mythology they established and they have moved on from or forgot about.
I’m absolutely loving Steroline! Great interview with Candice!
I cannot stand Steroline, but seeing as there’s no going back now, I’m hoping after burying Liz the group can go back to interacting and working together again. I miss Damon and Stefan & Stefan and Elena interactions.
Wake me up when Caroline is over all these loser guys on TVD. She don’t need any of them and can take care of herself.
Steroline kiss was so pretty I loved the sunlight and everything
I love these questions and the answers that she gave! I am so excited for Steroline and to see where they will go. I’ve waited since season 2 for this, so I am beyond thrilled with all that is going for them. They are definitely the best couple on TV.
I think the reason I love Stefan and Caroline so much is bc when you watch their scenes it feels like a completely different show. They are just so bright and Paul and Candice bring something special to their scenes together. I hope the writers don’t screw them up.
Steroline is the best thing in tvd now and the only reason i still watch it
So Candice has done a complete 180 and now touting Steroline when she’s said for years that she’s always wanted them to stay friends, and that Caroline never felt that way about him. Not buying what they are selling at all.
And she loves Damon, her character’s rapist, is giving her mother’s eulogy? Really Candice!?
Pple like you who throw that word around like its nothing major need to be muzzled, honestly.
One could argue that the first time they had sex, it was consensual. But once he started using compulsion on her — i.e., the very next morning — he took away her ability to consent. Non-consensual sex = rape. So, yes, Damon raped Caroline.
I’m appreciative of the work Candace has been doing, but I’d have liked it better if they actually showed more of Caroline with Liz before she passed.
Her talking about Caroline’s future didn’t really go anywhere. She talked about the next episode, but that’s it.
Of course after she finds that best version of herself she should move on from Mystic Falls.
I’m really disappointed with how they’ve written Caroline’s storyline and character this season. Her mother was dying/died and yet her main issue seems to continue to be Stefan. Have these writers ever lost somebody close to them, especially a parent? Talking to the guy I made out with and missed saying goodbye to my mom, would not be one of my top concerns and I would hope the guy would understand that. Seriously, this whole storyline has been so gross and has left a lot to be desired. I was hoping to get ONE storyline for Caroline that didn’t involve romance and even this had to be about a guy and it really reads like the writers just killed Liz off so Stefan could finally be convinced to give Caroline a chance.
No, I’m not into Steroline. I’m into to a non-romantic story for Caroline.
Steroline as a friendship yes, Steroline as a romantic relationship – absolutely NOT. It’s an insult to both Stefan and Caroline and the writing for this is awful, just like all of the writing has been since the god awful Sire Bond.
I’m sorry I just can’t get behind Steroline. Their storyline was horribly written and I’ll never be okay with them killing off her mother just to make them happen and it bothers me that her mother just passed but still her main concern is Stefan.
Caroline you need to find you chill girl. Your mother just died why are you still so concerned about the guy you just made out with? Don’t you guys have eternity or whatever so you can set your priorities? I used to like her character a lot but after everything that went down with her mom and her focus still being just the dude she wants to bang instead of her mom or idk, her best friend that’s still trapped on the other side, the only character I’m here for is Bonnie. At this point, I just want to see Miss Bennett tell her friends how messed up they all are and then high tail it out of there and rule the world on her own. Miss Bonnie deserves better.
the only tvd characters i care for now are stefan/caroline/bonnie everyone else im done with…love the steroline sl
So her mom just died and all Caroline can think about is her make-out sess with Stefan and something she just HAS to address at her funeral right? Wow. Just when I thought I had seen it all. Point blank: Caroline is only coming off like a self-centered jerk. YOUR MOM DIED why are you so obsessed with Stefan?
Great interview, i loved the part when Candice threw shade to the disgusting and abusive ship that is Klaroline. She stated in the past she did not like it too. Steroline Is endgame.
Dude just because you don’t like the ship doesn’t mean it’s cool for the actors to be throwing shade. I don’t care for Klaroline either but I think their fans have been given enough grief as it is. Just think about how you would like it if she or Paul started throwing shade at Steroline? It’s not cool either way so just be chill and don’t rub their nose in it.
Some of yall wanna talk about Steroline being forced why don’t we flashback to last season when Caroline went completely out of character and screwed Klaus in the woods just to please the Klaroline fandom.
That was not out of character for Caroline, seeing as she’s been with everyone else, why then not Klaus!
Nope. Not here for Steroline and wish they had not been forcing that ship down our throats all season and killed off her mother to prop up this ship. Someone call me when something interesting happens and this show doesn’t just revolve around boring and messed up ships.
Idk why some people complaining about that Caroline and Elena sneak peek. Obviously Caroline is just overcompensating and trying to focus on anything but her mother’s death. Some of yall just look for anything to complain about.
I’m hoping we see a different side of Caroline after Liz’s death and I am hoping the slow burn between Steroline continues. It’s nice to see the show taking something slow.
Exactly..this is exactly how I would expect Caroline to act. She obviously breaks down about her mom at the end of it all they showed that on the promo. A lot of people are just trying to find anything to complain about.
I’m still waiting for Klaroline endgame. :) He intends to be her last love, however long it takes. We had two years of build-up that I refuse to believe ended with just a hook-up after he made such an epic declaration. It may not be in the plans yet, but I’ll keep waiting. Even if we don’t see it play out onscreen, in a year or even a century, they’ll be endgame. :)
Enough with Steroline! We couldn’t be given more than a handful of Liz/Caroline scenes when this storyline should’ve been about them but we managed to get a ton of Steroline scenes to add to the ridiculous amount of Steroline we’ve already gotten this season? What even is Stefan’s storyline outside of Caroline?
Nope not here for Steroline. Call me when Caroline actually has her own storyline that doesn’t revolve around what dude she’s going to hookup with.
I was okay with the idea of Steroline at first but after literally every character kept talking about how much we should love them and basically tried to pressure Stefan into dating her I was put off by them and after they killed Liz off just to get them to hookup, I was completely over it. Can Caroline have other friends support her through this? Not that it sounds like she needs much support since Stefan’s all she’s got on the brain. But Stefan just got his brother back, why can’t we see more of them? I feel like Stefan’s and Caroline’s characters have really been done a disservice with this ship so please end it soon before they continue to be dragged through the mad. Candice I love you but I’m not buying this. Your character’s mother just died why is she so concerned about talking about this kiss and the guy she likes?
For crying out loud her MOM JUST DIED!! Why is the biggest concern who she just made out with? Like this just solidifies that Liz was killed off to make Steroline happen and that’s just 50 shades of wrong.
Love what Candice said about Steroline! Thanks for asking her about them!
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