Caroline and Stefan got back together—finally—in the season seven finale of The Vampire Diaries. But will the fan-favorite couple be able to make it through season eight—and the series finale—intact?
"They've got a really beautifully bumpy journey so far, but I think fans of that ship, as the kids say, will really enjoy it," Candice King tells E! News on the show's Atlanta set.
Paul Wesley, on the other hand, warns of a bit more trouble ahead for Steroline. "Definitely not intact the entire time, but perhaps towards the end—although that I can't even surmise, because I don't have any inclination as to what the finale will be," he tells us. "I know there were some discussions about it and we have talked about it a little bit, but I ultimately genuinely don't know what will happen."
To be fair, both of them have a lot on their plate. "Stefan's trying to save Damon from the big bad that we don't really know about yet and Caroline is busy juggling relationship and motherhood and co-parenting and work and all those things, so we're seeing these characters in a little bit more of a grown-up light, which is nice," King adds.
Plus, there's the awkward fact that Caroline broke up with Alaric (Matt Davis) but still has to raise their adorable witch babies with him. "Absolutely, there's some tension there," Wesley says.
But Davis is happy about the fact that the "shadow" love triangle still lingers. "I love the Alaric-Caroline dynamic and I love working with Candice personally. So we've been having a lot of fun," he says, adding that there are no hard feelings between Alaric and Stefan. "Stefan and Alaric have, I think, a mutual respect for each other—I think very similar to the way Paul and I have a mutual respect for each other."
The Vampire Diaries season eight premieres Friday, Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. on The CW.