If there's one thing Vampire Diaries fans love to do, it's obsess over the show's romantic relationships. From Delena and Steroline to my all-time favorite Klaroline, these 'shipping communities are a force to be reckoned with and have the power to make any Mystic Falls pair the next "it" couple. So, you can imagine the level of intrigue that transpired when Enzo confessed he had feelings for Lily during last week's episode. But, does this necessarily mean that Enzo and Lily will actually get together on TVD at some point throughout the season? Bustle asked Michael Malarkey, who plays the male vamp in question, all about this and he shared his thoughts on the Enzo and Lily dynamic and defended why these two would make an exciting new duo.
"He feels like Lily is providing more of a stability," the actor explains. "He kinda knows what she's about and although it seems like she's a bad guy to viewers, to Enzo she's a stable, grounded force. He's been looking for something like that." Unlike Damon, who has either abandoned or outright ignored his friend's presence, Lily has given Enzo the thing he's wanted most: A family. Which is why it's important to note that Enzo is Team Lily, not necessarily Team Heretic.
"He's put himself on the line by saying those things," says Malarkey. "He's not forcing himself upon her. He's not professing his love for her. He's saying, 'I'm here because of you. If you want to make this thing happen, it would be pretty great, but the ball's in your court.'" But that doesn't mean they won't also face their fair share of obstacles as well. Though Lily seemed receptive of Enzo's romantic confession, a wrong move on her part could spin his allegiance in an entirely different direction. "He's slightly suspicious that maybe she just thinks he's another one of her little rug rats," Malarkey states, in reference to the other Heretics. "And, I think that if he finds out that's the case, he's not really going to deal with that well and maybe will kind of break up the bond a little bit."
Could this mean that Enzo will eventually back to the side of the good guys if Lily doesn't reciprocate his feelings? Given how much she loves the Heretics but despises her own flesh and blood sons makes her emotions a little difficult to predict. But, judging by the trace of a smile that lingered across her face after Enzo left the room, I'd say a romantic future between the two of them isn't entirely out of the question. Now all that's left to do is decide what their 'ship name should be. Lilenzo is my favorite, but I suppose I could make peace with Enzly.
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