The Vampire Diaries Spoilers: Stefan and Caroline’s Relationship To Develop Slowly

While many Vampire Diaries‘ fans prefer Stefan and Caroline remain friends and not pursue a romance, it appears that their blossoming relationship will take some time to develop.

“We’re just seeing layers of it,” exec producer Caroline Dies told “I think Caroline’s not even realizing how deep her feelings are. She just feels hurt and lied to and ignored [by Stefan, who’s not returning her calls].”

Stefan apparently “can’t even process or fathom the idea of another heavy, emotional connection. In his brain, he hasn’t even opened up his mind to the notion of dating someone or being with someone, actually having a true romance with someone. So it’s a very slow build for them.”