Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola) was unforgivably absent from last night’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, but she’ll be back soon — and with her eye on someone. Romantically. Who is the lucky lad? We have our theories.

TVD executive producer Caroline Dries chatted to HitFix about what was in store for our favorite Vampire Barbie: "I think she's got a little relationship/crush feeling for someone that's going to come to the surface and create a rift with one of her friends," Caroline teased. "Moving into Season 6, we're going to see her set her sights on someone."

Um...it certainly sounds like Caroline is crushing on Stefan (Paul Wesley). TVD has been teasing a romantic development between these two besties in recent episodes, and Stefan is the only likely character with whom a romance would cause awkwardness with one of her friends (Elena). Is TVD really doing the Steroline thing?

This theory seems further supported by the synopsis for Season 5, Episode 22 (“Home”) — aka the season finale — which tells us: “Liv’s off-hand remark regarding Stefan gets a surprisingly emotional response from Caroline.” Why is Caroline so emotional about Stefan? Has something happened to him? Or does it have something to do with a change in their relationship — or, at least how she seems him?

For those hoping for a Klaroline development (read: us), we doubt Caroline’s crush is The OriginalsKlaus. Though he fits the description — if Caroline’s troubled friend is Tyler — Caroline and Klaus seem firmly entrenched in their respective shows right now with no signs of crossing over. But, we can always hope! In the mean time, this Steroline prospect intrigues us...

Do you think Caroline has her eyes set on Stefan or someone else? Share your theories in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

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