Klaroline fans, let it be known that I am a Klaus and Caroline shipper through and through, but sometimes this fandom can get a bit cray. Don’t get me wrong: I love these two together. I think the end of Season 4 is a perfect example of how Klaroline could work if the writers decide to take their relationship in that direction, but to all the fans writing off The Originals and The Vampire Diaries Season 5 because of the lack of Klaroline, I have two words for you: slow down.

Yes, I know Klaus and Caroline are meant to be, and they bicker because they secretly love each other, and of course it makes perfect sense that pure little Caroline Forbes would fall for the Big Bad, but let’s be real for a moment: Caroline loves Tyler. She’s always loved Tyler, and no amount of pony drawings and diamond bracelets are going to make her stop loving Tyler.

In order for Klaroline to work, her relationship with Tyler has to run its course. Do we really want Caroline to resent Klaus for all eternity because he drove Tyler away? No! We want Caroline to come to these conclusions on her own. Forwood may be high school sweethearts, but they’re not going to be together forever (it looks like college might tear them apart, anyway).

Not to mention that Caroline Forbes is the moral compass of Mystic Falls — that is, until she slaughtered 12 witches, but hey, she was protecting Bonnie! — and the perky perfect former Miss Mystic Falls isn’t one for cheating. She’s not going to run away to New Orleans to be with Klaus. Sure, she may realize there are a few lingering feelings for the sexy hybrid, but if there’s one thing we know about Caroline, it’s that she’s not going to give up on Tyler that easily — not after all she did to get his freedom back. Once Forwood runs its course, then Caroline is free to explore her naughty thoughts about Klaus. (Of course, there might be a few college hook-ups along the way.)

Meanwhile, Klaus has his own demons to figure out. Not only is he going to be a dad (don’t get me started), but he also needs to find his redemption. See, Klaroline fans, this is the key to this relationship. In order for Klaroline to work, Klaus needs to be redeemed. He has to put someone else (and not just Caroline) in front of his own needs. She needs to see that — it’s the only way Caroline would even consider a relationship with Klaus. (And don’t worry about Cami; she’s only a human pawn in the epic chess game that is Klaus and Marcel’s friendship.)

Let’s not forget that Caroline is also a baby vamp who is about to start her freshman year of college. She has some growing up to do — she needs to experience her first heartbreak, get a tattoo, and travel the world (hey, she doesn’t need Klaus to see the world). The whiny, dependent Caroline in Season 1 is a heck of a lot different than the strong, independent vampire about to embark on adulthood in Season 5, and I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to see her digressing any time soon. She needs a few more years of independence before she can give Klaus a chance. Look at Damon and Elena! These two didn’t end up together until the Season 4 finale!

So be patient, Klaroline fans. They may not make it work now, but when Klaus told Caroline, “I intend to be your last,” he meant it, and I believed it. Having Klaroline get together in Season 5 of TVD or Season 1 of The Originals would feel rushed and completely out of character for both Klaus and Caroline. Right now, they’re friends, and that’s exactly how it should be. Now all we need is some playful telephone banter, and I’ll be one content Klaroline fan.

Plus, vampires do have eternity to make these kinds of romantic decisions. So let’s not get too over-dramatic with our feels.

Do you think Klaroline should hold off on getting together, or do you want instant gratification? Sound off below.

Catch the Season 5 premiere of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, October 3, 2013, at 8 p.m. ET on The CW, followed by the series premiere of The Originals.

Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fan-girl for all things Pretty Little Liars, The Vampire Diaries, Game of Thrones and Once Upon a Time. She speaks fluent geek. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!


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