I still take vague offense to the "once" part Stefan was spouting cause JMs face was telling a whole different story man.
It was very calculated, imo. And I say that bc I don’t think it’s coincidence that both times Klaus’ feelings about Caroline are referenced, it was by someone who wasn’t him.
Stefan asks if he still has feelings for her, Klaus doesn’t answer. Stefan is the one to bring it back up in the other half, and it’s his viewing of what he thinks Klaus’ stance on Caroline is, which is that his love for her is past tense.
Mind you, Stefan was completely unaware of the phone call as far as we know. And so is thus unaware that the only reason Klaus changed his mind is because he spoke to Caroline. The whole second half of the crossover was prompted by Klaroline. Klaus brought Stefan into his home knowing the threat having him there poses, all bc Caroline was overwhelmed somewhere else and he wanted her to have one less thing to worry about. He was in a position where he could help her, and despite the risks, he did it—for her.
So Stefan says that Klaus had love for her ‘once too’, but he also didn’t see what we just had. Which is that Klaus’ feelings for Caroline are faaaar from past tense. And that’s a fact, *shrugs*.
NOBODY TRY TO EVEN ARGUE WITH ME ON THIS, THIS IS REFERRING TO ROMANTIC LOVE. KC AND MARISA ARE CANON. BTW IN THE LAST SCENE WITH ERNIE HE WHISPERS “LOVES YOU” WHICH IS COMPLETELY IMPLYING THAT IT IS REFERRING TO ROMANTIC LOVE.
Friendly reminder that Klaus’ letter was preceded by “that is the beginning of another story”, which is meant to highlight key components in the letter, such as Klaus wanting to thank Caroline in person. This suggests that they do eventually meet up, and that their meeting is not a mere fleeting chapter in their lives.
This isn’t a nod to their friendship. They’ve never been just friends. This is a promise of a romantic future.
There is no doubt in my mind that if Caroline and Klaus were to ever reunite (and according to the finale they do) that Klaus would want something romantic from her. And if you believe otherwise, you’re kidding yourself.
However long it takes is a throwback to a romantic scene. A romantic scene that suggests a promise of a romantic future between the characters. This isn’t mere banter between friends. Because Caroline has never been just a friend to Klaus. It’s a promise of a romantic future.
“that is the beginning of another story” “however long it takes”
Eventually this story will be realized. And it isn’t a story about friendship.
“caroline, i’m standing in one of my favorite places in the world surrounded by food, music, art, culture, and all I could think about is how much i want to show it to you. maybe one day you’ll let me.”