Stefan & Caroline Had Sex On 'The Vampire Diaries,' But Was It Everything Steroline Fans Wanted?

Who knew turning off your humanity switch could be such a turn on? Stefan and Caroline, that's who! Thursday night's Vampire Diaries episode "A Bird in a Gilded Cage," delivered something Steroline fans have been waiting a very long time to see. That's right, folks — Stefan and Caroline finally had sex with each other and all it took was a little bit of bloodlust and absolutely zero emotions. But while even I — a diehard Klaroline fan — can't deny that it was a super steamy hookup, a big part of me can't also help but wonder if this was really the way Steroline 'shippers wanted this romance (or rather, lack thereof) to play out.

Those who have been dedicated believers in this pairing were already annoyed that the initial spark between these two began as a result of Sheriff Forbes' fatal illness. So to now have them finally sleep together, but with their humanity switches off, could potentially feel like a massive punch to their 'shipper beating hearts. And, in a way, I wouldn't blame them. I mean, remember how aggravating it was when Caroline and Stefan practically ruined Delena's first time by realizing that Elena was sired to Damon? It was basically like saying her feelings for him weren't actually real.

Granted, Stefan and Caroline's situation is slightly different, but the concept is pretty much the same. Longstanding 'shippers have waiting long enough to see this budding romance come to fruition, and now they could view it as kind of tainted, in a way. We know how much Stefan and Caroline care for each other. And while I'm always up for a good lust-driven scene (vending machine and all), I can see how it could leave a somewhat bittersweet taste in some viewers' mouths. Sure, they were together, but not really together. That said, it's certainly not going to stop me from re-watching this little scene on repeat. BRB.

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