Although Tyler was the one to walk away from the relationship, Caroline committed the ultimate act of betrayal by sleeping with his mortal enemy, Klaus. With the cat out of the bag, and Tyler sure that he wants nothing to do with her, Caroline walked into this episode's Bitter Ball and shredded remnants of both men.
But does Caroline ever remain single for very long? Although there were hints of jealousy over watching Stefan and Elena/Katherine dance, Accola tells TVGuide.com that those two are destined for great friendship.
Klaus and Caroline finally had sex. Were you happy they went there?
Candice Accola: Yes. When I get very into a storyline as a TV viewer and want something to happen so bad and there's so much build-up, it's exciting to watch. To my knowledge, the writers never had any intention of bringing those two together, especially with the spin-off, so I think it was a great moment and I think the whole 100th episode was written with the viewers in mind to give them what they wanted.
It's always a hot topic. Did you receive negative feedback about it?
Accola: I've never gotten any sort of negative feedback, but people would say, "I want Tyler and Caroline to be together, but I want her and Klaus to just do it once." So it was great to know it was going to happen and people would get what they asked for.
Can Caroline and Tyler recover from this?
Accola: Do I think they can come back from Caroline's time with Klaus? I don't think so. On paper, no one did anything wrong. They were broken up. No one cheated. But it's personal. When you cross those lines and those boundaries, I would find it pretty impossible to be in a relationship and then be able to come back from that.
What about just as friends?
Accola: Caroline needs this idea of perfection and for no one to be mad at her and for everyone to be happy at all times, so we'll see a lot of great scenes coming up between Caroline and Tyler with her struggling to find a friendship, but also release some of the guilt she's been holding onto because she knows she made a mistake. The one thing to remember is that they're 19 and 20. If Caroline was my age it's like, you know better. At 19 and 20 and it's your first boyfriend and you're high on hormones and haven't fallen down a lot in relationships, it's an opportunity to learn a lesson, just the really hard way. That's how I looked at Caroline's choice of being with Klaus and that's why I don't necessarily see her and Tyler reconciling their relationship, but I think there's possibility for them to be friends.
Caroline has seemed a little jealous over Stefan recently. Does she want their friendship to become something more?
Accola: I was hoping it wouldn't come off as jealousy, but more protective. When I read [the scene] I had the same question, but I think it's more that she just doesn't feel right about [him and Elena]. Stefan is finally getting his life together and Caroline is trying to be there for Elena, but if you want the best intentions for everyone you'll say, "No, this isn't a good idea. Everyone is finally getting their own lives together. Why are you going back?" So I think she just felt protective.
Would you personally like it to become more?
Accola: I've really enjoyed watching Caroline and Stefan's relationship grow over the past couple of seasons because it just shows that the evolution of Caroline. At the beginning, she was just after him because he was the cute new boy in town and she never really had a friend that was male that she was just friends with. She's had a relationship with a lot of the gentlemen on the series and again, that can happen when you're young, but I like that this has remained a friendship and that there hasn't been an onslaught of sexual tension with them.
But the two of them are pretty good at solving things together like Elena's sire bond to Damon last season.
Will they figure this one out too?
Accola: They're really good at figuring things out, but we'll definitely get to hang out with Katherine for a while as she takes over Elena's body. And you can expect her to stir up some trouble.
The Vampire Diaries returns with new episodes on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 8/7c.