“The episode is a very profound turning point in Tyler’s recognition of the hold that Klaus has over him,” adds Julie Plec. “As if last week wasn’t bad enough, Klaus asks him to do some pretty messed up stuff in tomorrow night’s episode, and Tyler finally realizes, ‘Holy s***, this relationship is very bad for me, and I’ve got to do something about it.” Over the next couple of episodes, Tyler struggles with how he can reclaim control of his life, and his choices may drive him away from Caroline further.
Don’t expect her to go running back to Matt, though. “I think it would take an enormous gesture for that to happen. He really hurt her last year. He accused her of murdering his sister, he turned his back on her, it was awful. Matt and Caroline are very much in the friend zone right now,” Candice says. “There are some nice friend moments for them this week.”
(Matt fans — we checked in with Julie about our favorite busboy’s lifespan, and she did give us some hope for his longevity on the show. “Matt is our human, our support system, and our friends. He’s this reminder of what life was like before everything went to hell, when he was the one whose life was the most difficult. To me, that’s so important, and I feel very protective of that.”)
With Caroline’s birthday coming, we can expect some sweet moments from the often fractured group of friends. Candice teases that Caroline’s reconnection with her friends in the wake of her trouble with Tyler will be a strong one — and she and Elena will have some bonding time, particularly given Elena’s tumultuous love life.
“There are some great girlfriend moments coming up, which I love, because last year I think everyone was so embroiled in their various love triangles that we didn’t really see that,” she says, “and I think it’s really important to have those moments.”
Caroline has certainly been happy to throw in her two cents when it comes to Elena’s love life, so we’re sure she’ll have an opinion about that big Damon/Elena kiss last week. Candice says, “I think her reaction will be along the lines of ‘Are you sure? Are you really, really sure?’ This is a big step for Elena, she can’t really go back.”