“The Vampire Diaries” fans got a moment that has been years in the making during Season 6, episode 7 -- Caroline (Candice Accola) admitted her feelings for Stefan (Paul Wesley) to his face. However, Steroline still isn’t anywhere close to reaching a happily-ever-after, especially since Stefan didn’t say he returned her feelings.
Stefan’s first reaction when he heard Caroline admit her feelings was to ask her why. The two haven't been on the best terms since Stefan ignored her all summer, but the vampire seemed completely oblivious to Caroline’s feelings.
“Tell me how; tell me why. Please just make me understand how it is that I missed it,” Stefan said.
“What kind of stupid question is that?” Caroline asked. “Why did I have a thing for you? I don’t know, Stefan, maybe it’s because I thought you were worth having a thing for. Because when I woke up as a vampire, you told me that I would get through it and I did. Because when I watched Elena move on with your brother, I couldn’t imagine why she would let anyone like you go. Because you were practically my best friend, because I trusted you.”
“I’m sorry,” Stefan said. “I’m sorry for not seeing it. I’m sorry for not…”
“Feeling it back?” Caroline asked.
“No, I didn’t say that,” Stefan said. “I don’t know what I felt.”
Although Caroline claims that she got over Stefan, that speech wasn’t exactly what a girl says when she is completely over a crush. That’s the kind of speech that deserves a kiss in the rain (but obviously, that was reserved for the other fan favorite couple of "The Vampire Diaries," Delena). Caroline seems to still be harboring some feelings for Stefan, even if she wishes that she weren’t.
Stefan’s reaction is also very telling. He didn’t deny having feelings for Caroline. In fact, he was quick to correct her when she said he didn’t return the feelings, but he didn’t really come out with a declaration of love either. However, he was addressing his feelings in the past tense. He might not remember how he felt when Caroline had a thing for him, but how does he feel now?
Unfortunately, Stefan and Caroline aren’t going to have a grand reunion any time soon. They’ll be spending some time apart in episode 8. According to the synopsis, Stefan will be heading across the country to Portland to see the Gemini Coven. Perhaps some time apart will allow him to sort his feelings out for Caroline -- but his feelings could go either way.
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"The Vampire Diaries" Season 6 airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on the CW.