Candice Accola's Caroline Forbes character is at a rocky point in her immortal life. Her boyfriend Tyler potentially cheated on her with a werewolf (or not?), she's at a turning point in her relationship with Klaus, all as she struggles to stay on the right path. The actress spoke with Zap2It about her character's current tumult and what fans can hope to see going forward.
While Caroline is eager to help Tyler, don't expect her to become fast friends with rival Hayley in doing so. Accola said, "Hayley has a goal that she wants to accomplish, and Caroline wants to support Tyler. So we'll see them interact, but there will definitely always be a little bit of tension in the room. They both want to support the cause, and for Caroline, the cause is to support Tyler. For Hayley, the cause is just to support the cause."
As fans of the series can attest to, relationships are never truly on solid ground. Expect Klaus' influence to finally expose cracks in the relationship foundation of Caroline and Tyler. "We definitely have plenty of Klaus and Caroline scenes coming up in the future. It's going to let us see maybe the lighter side, the softer side of Klaus. What's so appealing to the viewer and so fun for us is that it's sexy, because every scene that they're in, there's really a push and pull," the actress explains. "It feels like a big game, and as frustrating as games are, they're really fun to watch on TV. That's what the appeal is with these two characters. The games, though, can also lead to revealing different perspectives and higher truths, letting you see a little deeper into both of these people."
She continues, "This is the first time where [Tyler and Caroline] not just fighting for their relationship; they're fighting for something bigger than their relationship. A real relationship would be able to withstand the ups and downs of fighting for this cause, but they're young, and they've just worked so hard to get to a great place within their relationship already, so I think they're going to need to be a lot stronger within the relationship than they might have anticipated."
Accola sees a parallel between the developments in Caroline's morality and Stefan's own struggles with newly vampiric Elena. "This is a season of Caroline just really wanting to do the right thing, and to do the right thing by the people that she cares about. She recognizes what the right thing is, and she can't ignore it. She wants to do the right thing. It coincides with Stefan, who just wants so hard to do the right thing and to have Elena grow and experience being a vampire in a perfect, safe, right way. He's almost re-doing the way that he became a vampire through Elena," Accola said. "He's getting another chance, and he wants things to go a certain way, even if it's not necessarily the best thing for her, he wants it to be right. Caroline wants to be strong and support Tyler, but she doesn't necessarily believe in supporting him. She's not sure that he's going about things the right way, so she's conflicted. He's potentially risking his life, and she doesn't like that, and Stefan is feeling the same way about Elena. I think that's where the bond of friendship comes from. They're both trying to support the people that they love, even if they don't agree with how they're going about their lives at the moment."
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