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Vampire Diaries EP Hints at 'Legit' Reason for Stefan and Caroline's Split

It’s been the question plaguing Vampire Diaries fans ever since Caroline’s Stefan-less future was revealed last month: What could he possibly do to make her never want to see him again?

A natural assumption would be that all this Valerie drama — including, but not limited to, the fact that she swiped Stefan’s V-card and was pregnant with his child — becomes too much for Caroline to handle, but according to executive producer Caroline Dries, there’s a lot more to the story.

“Valerie is part of the reason, but it’s a much bigger, more emotional, legit reason,” Dries tells TVLine. “It’s beyond petty jealousy or Stefan cheating on Caroline or anything like that.”

That said, you can still count on plenty of Stefan/Caroline/Valerie drama to come.

“This season is about [our characters] growing up and becoming adults,” Dries explains, adding that Stefan’s almost-baby is “something he will be really be thinking about as we move forward in the season. He’ll keep thinking, ‘I could have been a dad.’ We had many ideas [for their backstory], but we felt this was the most symbolic and thematic.”

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