TV Insider caught up with Paul Wesley and Candice Accola to talk TVD Season 7 and where Stefan and Caroline stand.
Why did it take Stefan so long to acknowledge Caroline’s feelings for him as well as his feelings for her?
Accola: I should make a joke about boys just being unaware, but I have to cut him a break. He was dealing with what he thought was his brother Damon’s [Ian Somerhalder] death, so he was too distracted to think about how deep her feelings were.
Wesley: Look, Stefan was madly in love with Elena [Nina Dobrev]. I don’t think he thought for a moment that there would be another woman in his life. Ever.
Accola: Caroline is definitely intimidated by that. How can he truly love her after Elena? She’s in love with Stefan, but she feels like the odds are stacked against her.
So, Paul, can Stefan truly love Caroline after Elena?
Wesley: Stefan and Elena have an unrelenting passion, which has merit. But forming a bond and friendship that develops into a lifelong partnership—that pragmatic love has merit as well. And I think Stefan professes his love to Caroline—to a degree—when he says, “I’m here for you.”