Gen tweeted the first image at me and exclaimed “Trevino!Ass”. I was in awe of her ability to notice that, what with the rampant Tyler torso porn. As should we all be.
The Vampire Diaries season three extended promo gives us a far more explicit look at the Tyler/Caroline sex that will be going down (no, not going down in that way, you dirty, dirty Trevino mistresses to Gen’s husband!) in the first episode back after hiatus, Birthday.
It’s no accident that, in a promo drenched, no dripping with sex and blood, we have Caroline and Tyler action amped up to the max, whereas Matt/Caroline’s ill-fated attempt at sexytimes in season one was glaringly dispassionate/bloodless in tone.
Fellow Forwood unicorn lovers, we may not have gotten a promo poster of Caroline holding a banana (yes, I’m in a smutty mood at the moment), the one piece of fruit I think was grossly overlooked by CW’s marketing department.
But never fear, I am going to dissect every microsecond of TC sexy goodness we have gotten so far, and speculate the ways in which I think TC sex will differ dramatically from MC sex, in keeping with the differences in their relationships.
Disclaimer: I like Matt well enough when he is not around Caroline, but I think 12_12_12’s latest post on Matt/Caroline outlines why this relationship will forever be toxic in my eyes, and why I have side-eyeing him quite severely of late. Vampire Barbie and Teen Wolf come first for me, and their treatment by other characters colours my perceptions of those characters.
Now, with that outta the way, let’s get to the good stuff!
Spoilers for season three will be referenced, so read at your own risk!
My favourite Ginny Weasley line from the Harry Potter series will forever be the way she describes Ron and Lavender action: like a couple of eels thrashing about. That basically sums up the scene in season one where Matt and Caroline get busy in this clinical way (the lack of passion is remarkable), only to be interrupted by his mother, who is clearly disdainful of Caroline.
[Matt and Caroline are watching TV, Caroline shifts in annoyance]
Caroline: I’m bored.
Caroline: But, we have this entire house to ourselves. I mean, it’s practically a bachelor pad.
Caroline: So, shouldn’t we do something a little bit more bachelor-paddy?
Matt: What? Something like this?
Caroline: Something like that.
Matt: I don’t know. This is a pretty good show.
Caroline: Seriously?! [start kissing heavily until Kelly Donovan interruptus]
Caroline is the uber control freak planner here, right down to “let’s have sex!” The sex isn’t something that just instinctively happens because they both desperately want and need it, a wordless understanding of a couple caught up in the throes of passion. Caroline, a gorgeous girl, actually has to make a request to a teenage boy who is presumably in like with her to have sex with her! This really sets the tone of the kind of lover Matt is with Caroline, as opposed to how I imagine he would have been with Elena. He isn’t the initiator of affection with Caroline, he responds when prompted, sometimes adorably like here, but grudgingly in other instances.
I mean, their relationship really only developed because she wanted him to be more than a friend, and it has always felt like he is just along for the ride because he doesn’t want to be lonely. I got the distinct impression he would have been content to stay just friends (he didn’t actively want to take the next step with Caroline, and their first kiss was a result of him having lost her unless he was willing to take that risk).
The disturbing subtext for me in this scene is that Matt basically holds the terms of affection in the relationship and doles out affection when the mood strikes or he is prompted, rather than being a giving lover who is so enamoured with his brand new girlfriend that he can’t take his hands off her when they are in a bachelor-paddy house all alone, without any prodding.
Whereas, with Tyler/Caroline, my spec is that Caroline will admit her feelings to Tyler, and from there it will just naturally progress because boy likes girl, girl likes boy, sex.
I don’t think Caroline will need to coax Tyler into ripping her clothes off, you know? Like most vintage Tyler/Caroline moments, I am speccing that most of their emotions will be expressed through intimate eye contact than anything else.
12_12_12 has talked about the “life is what happens when you’re making other plans” quality of Tyler/Caroline, how Caroline has acted more on instinct with Tyler than with anyone else, how she has been able to let go of her control freakiness somewhat with him. It’s partly because they have been thrown into situations where there hasn’t been time to perfectly plan the outcomes, but also because she simply has a more relaxed vibe with him. So, I am curious to see how spontaneous the sex is, how raw it is, between Tyler/Caroline.
I wouldn’t mind some little imperfections, sexily giggled off. I don’t need a sex scene out of a Harlequin novel, though I do want it to be beautifully filmed. I just mean that Caroline/Tyler is the kind of couple where they don’t have to be the perfect lover with each other. They could screw up, get Tyler’s shirt caught around his head or something while in the process of removing it, and would be able to cutely laugh it off before going back to the pure sex, and it would just be perfectly THEM.
The Tyler/Caroline sex is obviously just so passionate. That little moan that escapes from Caroline in the promo? Let’s just say that Matt has never got her moaning like that.
It didn’t escape my attention that where Caroline removes her own shirt with Matt, TYLER is the one to remove her dress. It just perfectly encapsulates the difference of the Matt/Caroline and Tyler/Caroline relationships – with Matt, Caroline was always the emotional initiator (unless Matt thought Caroline was in danger of moving on, as seen when he sniffed around in The Descent), always the one putting herself out there for him. Whereas, here is Tyler desperately needing to know every part of her, and I am perfectly okay with the fact that this is symbolized by him ripping her clothes off! My spec is that Caroline will be the one to remove Tyler’s shirt, and not Tyler himself.
In choosing Tyler, Caroline is rejecting her human (Matt) side and choosing her supernatural side, at least to some degree. I’m expecting a little supernatural freakiness, through displays of strength, vamp face, and/or glowy werewolf eyes to come into play, and represent this choice. It would be nice to have their bb supe sides on show because Tyler/Caroline fully accept one another, supernatural side and all, and having them be all hot and heavy regardless of these quirks would really showcase this. Who knows? Maybe they’ll find their supernatural quirks incredibly hot!
LOL, I think it’s pretty safe to say that the Tyler/Caroline sex is definitely not dream sex. I know that the Stefan/Katherine dream sex was pretty hot in the promo, but Tyler/Caroline are graphic in a way that no other Vampire Diaries sex scene has ever been, at least in the clips in the extended promo. I just don’t see that being fake, you guys! (unless this is an extremely, EXTREMELY horny figment of Tyler’s mind)
Finally, Matt/Caroline were interrupted mid-coitus by Kelly Donovan. There will be blood if we are denied the full Tyler/Caroline sexytimes because of Mrs Lockwood interrupting, but it is interesting to think about whether Carol will interrupt TC in the afterglow phase or the morning after. Disapproval of Caroline by the mothers, for vastly different reasons, is definitely a common theme. It would be clever foreshadowing/payoff to have Mrs Lockwood respond with similar disdain to her son sexing up Caroline as Mrs Donovan did in the case of Matt.
Next week, after rewinding TC sex repeatedly, I’ll be posting a comparison of sexytimes as portrayed in the Vampire Diaries verse so far – kisses, and sex – initiation, the act, and afterglow/aftermath. Couples who will be included in what is sure to be a highly scientific analysis (TM Forever Young Adult): Tyler/Caroline, Matt/Caroline, Stefan/Elena, Katherine/Damon, Katherine-As-Elena/Damon, Jeremy/Many Ladies Who’ve Experienced Mini Gilbert, Tyler/Vicki, Katherine/Mason. Given this is the Year of Forwood AND Delena, I am sure I will add Damon/Elena to this comparison as the season goes on, but we may have to suffer through a slow burn, you guys. Am I missing any couples who deserve to be included? The rule is that some physical action, of the dream or non-dream variety, must have occurred.
I think I’ll take a cold shower, now.