In the Season 4 finale of The Vampire Diaries, Lexi told Stefan that although he thought Elena was “the One,” there can be many “Ones"  especially for vampires. There’s always been an intimate connection between besties Stefan and Caroline — it dates back to Season 2, when Stefan helped Caroline through her vampire transition. But could their friendship develop into something more romantic in Season 5? Could Caroline be one another "One" for Stefan? 

The best relationships can start with friendship

Stelena were never really friends and it worked for them but, sometimes, the best relationships start with friendship. We think this might be the case with Caroline and Stefan, whose friendship has been one of our favorite character developments of the entire series. While Caroline and Stefan’s respective relationships with Tyler and Elena have been roller coasters of emotions, they have been one another’s friendship constants, confiding in and wanting the absolute best for each other. Now that things are changing for these two, we think their feelings for one another could develop into something more. And we think it could be kind of beautiful.

Stefan needs someone right now, and Caroline is good at taking care of people

We’re really worried about Stefan. Not only is he suffering from serious PTSD from being trapped in a safe at the bottom of a quarry all summer long, but he's constantly reminded that his brother and ex-girlfriend are madly in love. We know Caroline is good at taking care of people (she’s the perfect combination of loving and ass-kicking). When Tyler was going through his painful transition into a werewolf, Caroline wouldn’t abandon him in it (and look where that led romantically…) Stefan will also be dealing with a painful transition, re-acclimation back into “normal” life after a severely traumatic experience. Caroline and Stefan have a beautiful history of helping one another through these tough times after all, it was Stefan who taught Caroline how to be a good vampire. Now, it’s Caroline’s turn.

They’re both changing

Come Season 5, Caroline is still very much hung up over Tyler, even though he left her (and their relationship) to go get his revenge on Klaus. But at least Caroline has her studies to distract her. College is a time of change for many people, and we think Caroline is becoming a new person, and so is Stefan. How could he not be changed by his summer trapped in a box? Caroline and Stefan might not be romantic now, but as they change, so will their relationships with the people in their lives. Caroline and Tyler definitely grew apart, but we think Caroline and Stefan might be growing closer together. After all, he was the only one he said he could trust after Tessa zapped his memories. (Sorry, Elena!) That's gotta count for something, right?  

Do you think Caroline and Stefan would make a good couple? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, December 5 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW, followed by an all-new episode of Reign.