Warning: This article contains major spoilers from Friday’s episode of The Vampire Diaries. Treat it like the Armory vault, and proceed at your own risk.
Friday’s Vampire Diaries ended with two fan-favorite characters pledging to spend the rest of their immortal lives together. My first thought: “Aww!” My second: “Is there any way this won’t go horribly wrong?”
And that’s not to say I don’t support Stefan and Caroline as a couple; it’s well documented (somewhere in the deep, mysterious archives of the Internet) that I’ve sailed the good ‘ship “Steroline” since the third episode of Season 2, when Stefan gave his future fiancée a lesson on chowing down, vampire-style.
Sure, the pair had a few obstacles to overcome, and a handful of other relationships to explore — including Caroline and Klaus, a connection I eventually came to terms with — but once it became clear that Damon and Elena were going to end this show together, so too was Stefan and Caroline’s future cemented in my mind.
So it’s really out of concern that I ask: Are Stefan and Caroline moving too fast?
When she assured him that she “wasn’t trying to rush” their relationship in the Season 8 premiere, my initial reflex was to balk. “Considering we only have 15 episodes left after this,” I wrote in my recap, “I would encourage everyone to start rushing.” Then I saw Stefan’s pseudo-proposal to Caroline, and I immediately ate my words.
With his brother on the fritz, Alaric busy at the Armory, and Bonnie laser-focused on saving Enzo, Stefan doesn’t have a close platonic friend to sit him down and ask him the important questions, so allow me: “Are you sure this is the right time? Do you really think your brother isn’t going to try to turn this into his own personal Red Wedding? And didn’t Caroline just end things with the guy who fathered her children? Honestly, have you journaled enough about this yet? Wouldn’t it have been simpler to propose during the series finale, then enjoy your drama-free nuptials via flash-forward?” (He might be confused by that last one, since he doesn’t know he’s on a TV show, but true friends ask the tough questions.)
My advice to Stefan: As long as Sybil roams the earth, this engagement is going to be a long and painful one. (Your real-life persona, Paul Wesley, even spoke of a “dark” turn ahead.) So get rid of the siren, fix your brother, and then we talk about who’s marrying whom around here. Remember, you have literally all the time in the world.
Do you agree that Stefan should have waited to propose until after this mess is cleared up, or are you looking forward to the inevitable emotional torment to come? Cast your vote below, then drop a comment with your thoughts.