Think Caroline and Tyler will finally live happily ever after? Think again! Plus, Candice tells HollywoodLife.com why she’s excited for Damon’s upcoming ‘curve ball’ storyline.
The Vampire Diaries‘ fifth season premiere is just hours away — set your DVRs for The CW at 8 p.m. if they aren’t already — and while Elena (Nina Dobrev) will remain knee-deep in supernatural boy drama, she’s not alone! Candice Accola tells HollywoodLife.com that Caroline will face some of her biggest romantic challenges in season five, including a new college guy determined to lure her away from Tyler (Michael Trevino).
Candice Accola Talks Season 5 — Read On For Our Q&A
>> I’ve seen the premiere, and Caroline has a few really emotional scenes, especially with her mom.
Yeah, that’s definitely a sweet moment. It’s a proud moment.
>> When she drops Caroline off at school, did you feel like you were saying goodbye to your mom?
Personally, because she’s working as a writer on The Originals, I was more excited and happy and thrilled for her. There was a lot of sentiment there than just the idea that our characters won’t be together for a while. It was a genuine moment.
>> Well, that’s pretty awesome.
And a couple weeks after that moment, my family and I brought my little brother to college. We got him unpacked, watched him meet his roommate and got his dorm ready. Then we had to give the hug goodbye, and I was like, ‘Oh my God! It’s just like on the show!’ It was really funny.
>> There’s also some Tyler stuff in the premiere. When will he and Caroline finally get to see each other again?
I don’t know, but I hope it’s soon! We will see Tyler at some point as the series goes on, and the viewers are just going to have to watch and see when that happens. I have a feeling that Caroline is going to be really really happy, or really really mad.
>> Speaking of not seeing people, is it awkward filming with Kat Graham, but not acknowledging she’s there?
It is what it is. There’s a lot of things we’re ignoring on a TV set, anyway. We’ve got a giant fuzzy boom microphone inches from our faces, and we’re having to act, and we’ve got an entire globe of light surrounding you. Someone’s eating a sandwich. There’s a lot of things to ignore when you’re on a set. So having someone in the scene and having to ignore them isn’t that different, actually. … Fortunately, when they yell ‘cut,’ we all get to talk. Unless [Kat Graham] went all method and was like, ‘Guys, no. You can’t talk to me.’ That would be awkward.
>> When will the girls finally find out that Bonnie is dead?
They’re not going to find out right away, and it’s going to be hard when they do.
>> OK, let’s talk about the new people. What’s this Jesse guy all about?
Ah, yes. We’re going to meet Jesse; he’s a good looking member of the opposite sex, who happens to take a liking to Caroline. But Caroline’s not very interested. She’s still focused on being with Tyler.
>> She’s loyal, I like that. … She’s also loyal to Elena. How will she help her best friend through all her boy drama this season?
Caroline’s going to be there in the only fashion she knows how, which is with open arms and very strong opinions.
>> I know Stefan’s at the bottom of a lake, but when he comes back, do you think Caroline will still want him with Elena?
Oh, yes. Caroline is very much still Team Stefan.
>> Besides your own, which character’s storyline are you most excited about?
The viewers will have to wait for it a little bit, but I’m really excited for Damon’s storyline. As the season goes on, you’re going to learn more about his history as a vampire, which is going to connect a lot of dots together. I’m really excited about that.
>> Will it change the way we think of Damon?
I think it’s just a curve ball, a really great story. You’re going to be like, ‘Oh my God. How are they going to play this out? I had no idea. This explains so much!’
>> Last question: When is Caroline going to book a flight to New Orleans to visit ‘The Originals’?
The writers definitely left that storyline open as season four came to a close. There’s not been any immediate talk of Caroline visiting New Orleans, but you really never know.
HollywoodLifers, what do you make of Candice’s season five teases? Are you dying to see ‘Forwood’ reunite, or are you hoping Caroline visits the Big Easy, instead? Plus, what more could we learn about Damon’s past? Drop a comment with your predictions below!
— Andy Swift