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On the most recent episode of The Vampire Diaries (Season 5, Episode 11 — “500 Years of Solitude”), Caroline and Klaus had a steamy hook up in the woods, and while it may have been a surprise to some, for Klaroline fans, it was a long time coming.

However, Klaus and Caroline’s steamy (but way too brief!) reunion was bittersweet. On one hand, Caroline finally admitted to herself that she was attracted to the big, bad hybrid, but on the other, Klaus pretty much promised her he would leave Mystic Falls and never return ever. So where does that leave Klaroline?

According to executive producer Julie Plec, Klaus and Caroline’s romp in the woods was closure for the storyline — at least for now. “It felt like we've never been able to, because of the spinoff, fully deliver on what the next layer of their story would be,” Julie told E! Online. “And it was always in our minds to figure out a way to pay that off and the 100th episode seemed like the most appropriate time to do it.”

She continued: “Also, in a way, Caroline's journey on The Vampire Diaries this year has been she's got a lot of opinions and she's very open and honest about her feelings about Elena's feelings for Damon, and I think this is a way of making herself look in the mirror and say,  ‘Oh gosh, I understand now.’”

Seeing how much shade Caroline has thrown at Elena and Damon’s relationship lately, Care Bear needed this reality check, but we wish it weren’t at the expense of one of our favorite pairings, Klaroline. Does this free Klaus up for a new romance in New Orleans? Don’t worry Klaroline fans, Klaus isn’t hopping into anyone’s bed quite yet.

“The thing is Klaus has got a lot going on on The Originals, and somewhere in there there's room for a little bit of romance down the road, Julie told E! Online. “Really, this was more about giving that storyline the ending, I guess, for now at least, that it needed, that it didn't have yet.”

So this chapter may be closed — “for now at least” — but something tells us this book is far from complete. If anything, Klaus and Caroline’s latest encounter opened the door for the baby vamp to make her way to NOLA.

What do you think, Klaroline fans? Are you hopeful Klaus and Caroline are endgame? Sound off in the comments!

 Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, January 30 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

Crystal Bell is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident fangirl for all things The Vampire Diaries. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!