The Vampire Diaries‘ seventh season is beginning to wind down, and it looks like Caroline and Alaric’s controversial romance might be disappearing along with it.
The latest photos from the CW drama’s season-ending episodes — 20 and 21 of 22, to be specific — feature Caroline’s return to the fold, following Candice King’s maternity leave. And while Caroline is seen embracing/fighting alongside her fiancé, the official episode descriptions paint an entirely different picture.
For one thing, “Caroline joins Alaric on a mission [in Episode 20] and quickly realizes how much she’s missed her former supernatural lifestyle.” Considering how adamant Alaric was about living a danger-free life with Caroline and the kids on last week’s episode — so much so that he actually ended his bromance with Damon — I can only imagine that his fiancée’s fondness for the past won’t go over well.
To make matters more complicated, Episode 21 introduces a “new threat” against Caroline that leads Stefan to make a “rash decision that ultimately forces them to face the fallout from their relationship.”
Call me crazy, but is there any way that a newly single Stefan reuniting with Caroline in a life-or-death scenario won’t result in them getting back together? Browse the new photos below, then drop a comment with your thoughts on the couple’s future.