Both TV Guide and TVLine had a chance to chat with Candice Accola about tonight’s episode. We’ll add more interviews as they come in.
Via TV Guide:
Tell us about the actual funeral scene.
Accola: It’s very emotional and it’s also remembering that this wasn’t just a funeral for family, but that she was the sheriff of the town. So you have the police officers there and a salute and the final call and the things that go into a funeral for a lost service member. If you’re hoping for a lighter episode this week… it’s going to be pretty heavy like last week.
And you sing during the funeral! Whose idea was that?
Accola: Julie [Plec]’s! [It’s] so funny because for years everyone was like, “Is Caroline going to sing again?” That’s been the running joke. That [scene in Season 2] was fun, but it was never [going to] happen again because finding a natural place for someone to belt out singing on a vampire show isn’t really an easy task. But I did sing and it’s a sweet moment, she pays tribute, and it’s a really tender moment in a very sad funeral.
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?
I loved 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!”
“Yeah, if you thought it was going to get easier and happier and jollier, it’s not,” Accola tells E! News. “It’s definitely going to be an emotional episode this week as well. Thank God for waterproof mascara!”
Although her character has been through a lot this season, Accola is happy with Caroline’s journey so far.
“I thought it was a really powerful move by the writers,” Accola says of Caroline losing her mother. “There has been so much death on the show, a lot of it from really supernatural reasons, like Caroline’s father passed away when he refused to complete his transition to become a vampire. Everyone has found a lot of solutions to a lot of these deaths, these very gruesome, bloody deaths, and this was just as real and non-mythology-based as it gets.”
Via MTV News:
“As far as the quote-unquote shipping community goes, I love the passion behind anyone who ships Caroline and Klaus,” Accola said. “They are very hardcore shippers… But ever since season two, when Stefan helped Caroline through her transition, it’s been interesting how viewers were saying that they thought there was something there with those characters. It has been a really slow burn for many reasons, and that’s why it’s a really interesting time to be part of a television series in the age of social media — you see exactly what the fans and the viewers are thinking right when they’re watching the episode.”
Basically, even if you don’t ship Steroline, you have to acknowledge the strong “TVD” fanbase for predicting this hookup even when Stefan was still seriously sweating Elena (Nina Dobrev).