On the one hand, I had a feeling Stefan and Valerie weren’t meant to be one another’s endgame. And Alaric and Caroline have always seemed weird to me, given that her love for him seems like it’s more for their kids than actually for him.
On the other hand, Valerie was Stefan’s first love, and there was something kind of beautiful in that. Plus, she was totally there for him and supportive no matter what. What is it with women being there emotionally for Stefan when he can’t be there for them? (I’m thinking back to the beginnings of Steroline here, too.)
I think Valerie summed it up perfectly in her emotional breakup speech when she told him, “You don’t love me the way I love you, and the guilt of that sacrifice would eat you alive. The truth is, I’ve never loved anyone the way I love you, but that’s not true for you.”
Talk about pulling at our heartstrings!
But it’s true: Stefan has had many great loves: Katherine, Elena, Caroline and, yes, Valerie in her own way. I mean, it makes sense, given that he’s been alive for over a hundred years, but which lady is his endgame? His ultimate? Katherine and Elena are out for obvious reasons, and if Valerie’s out, then that leaves Caroline. But that’s a problem, since not only did Klaus call dibs on Caroline first but now Caroline also has Alaric in her life. And she’s about to marry him.
Uh, cue Taylor Swift’s “Speak Now” playing on repeat in my mind as I imagine Stefan standing up and objecting to Alaric and Caroline’s wedding.
How many bad weddings and relationships can Alaric possibly have? The guy should just elope. Or maybe just stop trying to marry vampires, witches and the like.
Because let’s be real: Caroline is definitely not Alaric’s version of a happily ever after.