With the conclusion of another season of The Vampire Diaries, it’s time to think about what lies ahead. Here’s your Friday dose of an episode recap and hopes for Season 4 – Caroline Forbes style.

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Instead of recapping the Season 3 finale of The Vampire Diaries scene-by-scene as I would normally do, I’m going to ramble about some of what I hope to see in Caroline’s storylines in Season 4, based on last night’s episode and the season as a whole. Here we go!

When humanity no longer creates a divide
One of my favorite aspects of the friendship between Elena and Caroline is the humanity barrier that underlies it. It’s obvious that Caroline still maintains a load of human characteristics even in her vampire state, and her humanity shows itself constantly. However, during her scenes with Elena, I always feel like it’s made more apparent to Caroline that her true humanity – physically being human – is barely escaping her grasp. There’s something about the “outsider” perspective that Caroline has on Elena’s life that I’ve loved; a perspective that’s based on what aspects of human life she can and can’t experience because of her supernatural state. I’m going to miss seeing those types of scenes between them. It will be interesting to have Caroline and Elena on the same level, as far as their state of being goes.

He won’t let anything happen to her, except they barely interact
Toward the end of this season, we were given a long-awaited (though still slight) glimpse at how Caroline and Stefan would interact as actual friends. By actual, I mean: on the screen together, having friendly conversations, and generally being involved in the same subplots. The writers teased this in Season 2 and then dropped it, so it felt new again in Season 3. There will be a bunch of friends attempting to help Elena transition into her life as a vampire in Season 4, but I hope that Stefan and Caroline in particular team up in doing so. We know that they work well together, they trust each other, and they want the many of same things for Elena. How is that not the perfect setup?

The Barbies in town
Okay, we can all agree that the scenes with Rebekah and Caroline in last week’s episode had us jumping up and down, feeling empowered, and yearning for more positive interaction between the two, right? Right. Both girls managed to survive the finale (!!!), and I’m crossing my fingers that Rebekah won’t skip town until she’s become a friend – read: not frienemy – of Caroline’s. There’s so much potential there.

Back off, guys
Look, we all love a good tv romance, but Caroline has had her fair share of them thus far on the show, and I think it’s time for a break. At the beginning of Season 3, we were led to believe that Caroline had been enjoying her boy-free life. However, naturally, she jumped into a relationship with Tyler in the first episode. Here we are, twenty-two episodes later, and they’re still together. And they’ve technically been involved on some level since the middle of last season. And what has come of it? We all know how much I despise Tyler, so who knows how I’m even alive right now (yes, I’m being overdramatic: I do what I want), but that’s beside the point. The point is that Caroline’s independence is has the potential to wonderful; her fabulousness need not be determined by her romantic involvement with a boy. (Some of you will probably point out my Matt/Caroline situation, but… I’d rather have Caroline alone than with Matt. Yes, I said it. She needs it!)

Lordy. That shipper name alone is a mess. Speaking of Caroline and her boys… Klaus has taken over Tyler’s body, apparently, and I don’t even know what to think – other than that fans of both couples managed to avoid getting screwed over and benefited by the death of either character because they are both still alive. If Caroline doesn’t pick up on this change-up in the first episode of Season 4, my eyes will probably roll out of my head. I’m not looking forward to the situation one bit, but I will say I’m looking forward to seeing how Caroline reacts, how soon she reacts, and what she does about it.

Tone down the torture
I’d likely get physically sick if I thought too hard about the numerous occasions that involved Caroline being tortured in some way, shape, or form. Candice Accola is exceptionally good at portraying a helpless, victimized Caroline Forbes, who can do nothing but scream, cry, wail, and shriek in pain when her character is the undeserving subject of another character’s violence. But it’s come to a point where I eventually would sit and watch Caroline’s torture scenes with a blank expression because it was no longer a surprise to see her in that situation, and that upsets me because it’s doing a disservice to Accola’s talent and performance. Here’s to hoping that, in Season 4, Caroline’s emotional and physical strength is highlighted in scenes where she isn’t in constant pain and/or unable to freely move her limbs.

The Sheriff and her vampire daughter
I miss when Liz and Caroline had heart-to-heart conversations, whether they were later forgotten by compulsion or not. I love the connection they managed to establish and I felt like there weren’t enough mother-daughter moments between them this season. With Evil Alaric’s shenanigans, I assume that Liz is going to be more so in the forefront of the main storyline next season. Now that she’s fighting against a now all-knowing council, she’s going to have to work extra hard to protect her daughter. I absolutely can’t wait to see how all of that plays out!

Caroline flashbacks
This is a stretch, but the Elena flashbacks in this episode only made me want flashbacks of Caroline pre-vampire. Picture her with her sometimes tacky attire, her straight hair, her misunderstood vulnerability, her cheer practices, and her high school parties. We’re all due for some Caroline Forbes nostalgia.

When the good runs out
Caroline hinted to Alaric a few episodes ago that she killed someone and liked it back when she was still a very new vampire. That could easily foreshadow the emergence of Caroline’s darker, evil side. This show has made it clear that everyone is made up of good and bad. We have yet to see Caroline’s truly evil side. I don’t know if I’m really ready for it (I love Caroline for who she has become, and who she has always has been at her core), but I’d be excited for Candice Accola if they went that route because I feel like she’d hit it out of the park performance-wise.

And that’s a wrap! Someone explain to me how an entire season has gone by again! I feel like I just watched Caroline turn into a vampire a few months ago. Anyway, were you happy with how Season 3 ended? What are youmost looking forward to in Season 4? We have a whole four months to speculate. See you in September!

Written by Maddie Coe. Visit her Candice Accola Fansite for the latest details about the phenomenal actress.