Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Photo: Candice Accola Attends PaleyFest 2012

We’re still a little woozy over the Caroline (Candice Accola) torture scene in Vampire Diaries Season 3, Episode 21, “Before Sunset,” but with the Season 3 finale this week, our heads are also swimming with ‘shipping possibilities. Of course, death always seems to knock at the group’s door around this time, so we had to ask Candice Accola what to expect when we spoke with her at the Elle Women in Music Awards on April 11. We’re especially intrigued with where Caroline’s relationship with Tyler (Michael Trevino) is headed now that he’s no longer Klaus's (Joseph Morgan) hybrid for hire.

Wetpaint Entertainment: We hear that Caroline and Tyler will be happy towards the end of Season 3…
Candice Accola: They are around each other at the end of Season 3. It all depends on the definition of who is all happy.

Can you give us any hints about the finale cliffhanger?

My favorite thing about the finale is that it brings the show back to Season 1, and it creates a world in which we finally meet Elena’s parents and we get to see how she was before all of this insanity infiltrated its way into her life. So I think that is something the fans can really look forward to.

Is it going to be a sad finale? We’ve heard it will make people cry.
People will cry.

Have you seen it?
I haven’t seen it. Just reading it made me cry. So I can’t imagine it coming together and not crying. There’s some really happy moments but what’s funny is you’re not gonna cry at what you think you’re gonna cry about; you’re gonna cry because the writers bring it back to really humanizing these characters that you’ve put in such a supernatural category.