day five - favorite caroline/tyler kiss
TYLER: We need to talk.
CAROLINE: Why? What’s wrong with you?
TYLER: I just don’t understand one thing …
TYLER: Why would you risk it? If a werewolf bite kills a vampire, why would you risk it?
CAROLINE: Because you needed help.
TYLER: I could have killed you.
CAROLINE: But you didn’t.
TYLER: I don’t understand you, Caroline.
CAROLINE: Why is it so hard for you to let someone else help you?
TYLER: That’s not it.
CAROLINE: Yes, it is, Tyler. It’s like you don’t want anyone to care about you. I’m sorry, I cared. I care, Tyler. So forgive me if I overstepped my boundaries by actually giving a—
(Tyler kisses her.)
Oh man, so many feelings about this first kiss between Caroline and Tyler. All of “The Descent” is golden for these two (even the tragically deleted scenes, dammit) and I guess you could mark this as a pretty tangible beginning of these two starting the complicated and incredibly messy business of falling for one another. Before this, even if there may have been sparks of interest, everything was so rooted in friendship and camaraderie—but what happened during the full moon changed things dramatically, especially for Tyler.
Something I really love about this scene is how much Accola and Trevino elevate the material. When I just read what’s written here, I see a guy who’s trying to get a girl to admit that she likes him and a girl being a bit clueless. But both actors get who their characters are at this point so sharply that what plays on screen feels so entirely different to me. Tyler straight-up does not get why anyone would do what Caroline did for him the night of the full moon. The emphasis and emotion is never about why did you do this for me? It’s always, always about the why. ”I don’t understand you, Caroline.” She’s a mystery to him; she’s a hero; she’s mythic. And when he kisses her, it’s spontaneous and a bit too much too fast. I don’t feel like Tyler waited on her doorstep for who knows how long for the explicit purpose of kissing her, you know? He just couldn’t help it.
And as for Caroline, well, there are a couple of things going on below the surface there for me. Something that always bothered me a little bit was how the series presented Caroline as completely innocent when her storyline with Tyler came to a head in “Daddy Issues.” But the fact of the matter is, Caroline befriended and helped him partially under false pretenses—along with honestly wanting to protect Tyler from the Salvatores (and from himself). She kept a lot of information from Tyler, and was complicit to Mason’s murder. I always really liked in this scene how flustered and slightly belligerent Accola plays Caroline’s reaction to Tyler’s repeated need to know why. I feel like the reaction sort of tipped Caroline’s hand slightly when it came to the guilt she must be feeling knowing everything that she does (and that he doesn’t). And I also really love that in this sort of fumbling place, she reached out for some sort of anchor and grasped Tyler’s EXACT problem: “Why is it so hard for you to let someone else help you? … It’s like you don’t want anyone to care about you.” Ugh, I can’t deal with it, why are these two so perfect?!
And then the kiss. JFC. He kisses her so quickly and then there is so much damn eye contact to make up for that before he moves in to kiss her again—and not only does Caroline not pull away, not only does she tilt her head to help him gain better access, but by the end of the kiss she’s the one pushing harder against him until she gets too scared and stops it. Her “you can’t do that” is practically for herself just as much as it is for Tyler. This kiss has every damn thing going for it: insane emotional connection, teenage fumbling, passion … which is why it remains my favorite kiss of theirs to this day, I suppose.
The Vampire Diaries Characters: Tyler Lockwood↪ “Kim put you all at risk today but I’m not gonna hurt her. I’m not Klaus. I don’t kill and torture my own friends to get what I want. Now, we broke the sire bond, but if you want to be free we have to work together. No one can step out of line. Now, you’re either with me or you’re against me.”