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Vampire Diaries Director Joshua Butler Breaks Down Key Moments Between Stefan, Caroline and Klaus

For as long as cavemen have been writing on walls*, fans of “Steroline” and “Klaroline” have made their Vampire Diaries ‘ship of choice known loud and clear.

But here’s something you might not realize: director Joshua Butler is responsible for bringing some of your favorite Caroline moments, both with Stefan and Klaus, to the screen. In addition to directing Stefan and Caroline’s first sex scene in Season 6 (“A Bird in a Gilded Cage”), Butler was also behind the camera for Caroline and Klaus’ heartbreaking encounter at the 1920s dance in Season 3 (“Do Not Go Gentle”).

In advance of tonight’s Klaus-tastic Vampire Diaries crossover (The CW, 8/7c), TVLine invited Butler — who recently directed the music video for MENEW’s “Baby You’re Like a Drug” video, starring The Affair‘s Joshua Jackson, and directed the March 21 episode of Syfy’s The Magicians — to look back on these two key scenes in the love stories of “Steroline” and “Klaroline.”

(And Butler knows a thing or two about bringing major moments to life. In addition to The Vampire Diaries, Butler has directed episodes of Pretty Little LiarsThe Secret Circle and The Following, among many others.)

Click through the gallery below for Butler’s take on these two memorable scenes, then cast your vote: Which ‘ship are you hoping wins out in the end?


*This information is historically accurate. I double checked.