A classic dramatic device television shows employ once they get into later seasons is the game of musical couples. In an effort to keep the show fresh and new, creators try romantic pairings the viewers haven’t seen before (often, to dismal results). With The Vampire Diaries entering its fifth season, will it follow this television strategy? And, if so, what might these couplings look like? Here are five TVD couples — from out of left field! 

Matt & Katherine

Matt (Zach Roerig) is pretty much Mystic Falls’ go-to guy for bitchy vampiresses struggling with their relationship to humanity (we’re looking at you, Rebekah). Technically, Katherine (Nina Dobrev) is now an ex-vampiress, but we bet she’s still a bitch and has some serious issues with her unwanted humanity. Since Matt is pretty much the only human left in Mystic Falls, he is the perfect guy to teach Katherine how to do it right. Romance ensues.

Caroline & Jeremy

We haven’t seen much interaction between these two TVD characters. In fact, we’re not really sure what they would even talk about past the week’s latest supernatural dilemma… But, we could see them spending more time together now that Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) is the only link to Ghost Bonnie. Plus, they could go shopping for Jeremy’s tank tops together. We’re sure Caroline (Candice Accola) has some opinions on the subject. Romance ensues.

Tyler & April

Yeah, this is super weird, but now that we’ve paired Caroline off with Jeremy, we need to do something with Tyler (Michael Trevino) and April’s not doing anything, right? To be honest, we’ve been kind of bored with April’s character since she was introduced in Season 4. We need to give this girl some drama that doesn’t involve following around Matt or having her memory erased, and what better than an unconventional romance!

Elena & No One

What would be truly revolutionary for TVD in the romance department would be for Elena (Nina Dobrev) to spend a little time single. Not single and pining after one (or both) of the Salvatore brothers. But single single. We highly doubt this will ever happen, given that the love triangle between Damon/Elena/Stefan is a central theme of the show (and we do love it so), but if they really wanted to shock us a single Elena would do it. Romance doesn’t ensue.

Any gay romance whatsoever

We’ve been through four seasons of this show and still no gay characters let only gay romance to speak of! Executive producer Kevin Williamson promised a gay character a season or so back, but still no dice. We’re not so picky when it comes to our Season 5 gay romance. It can be existing characters who never mentioned the fluidity of their sexuality, or we can introduce new characters to the mix. But, seriously, where are all the gay people hiding in Mystic Falls?  

Do you think TVD will try any of these couplings? Which ones are you eager to see?

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