In 2010, The CW launched a show hot on the trails of Twilight’s success, The Vampire Diaries. Fast forward five years and the show is already half way through its sixth season. The show follows the life of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) and two vampire brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore, played by Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder respectively.
For those who are fans of the show, Elena has been through more pain and drama than most people go through in a lifetime and that’s excluding all the supernatural interference. For six seasons she has been an anchor for the shows storyline and success, but despite some fans reactions, I do think that the show can continue. Early this year the show was picked up for a Season 7 (mainly due to its previous success and the introduction of Kai Parker- an article I previously published will detail his character).
Most of Season 6 has seen Elena take a backseat in the action with characters like Caroline and Stefan and Bonnie and Damon becoming more important. In the pilot episode, Stefan voices ‘this is my story’, maybe it was never about Elena but about the brothers relationship together. Without her, they can build up a stronger relationship.
We can see that Season 7 could cope without her and would not fall flat because the main female character is not there. It’s no longer her story, but everyones story. The absurd idea of body jumping Elena into another actress and passing it off as a great idea not only disrespects Nina as an actress that built up a hit TV show but also disregards death as a finality. Over the course of the season, characters have been killed off only to return a few episodes later alive and well. The most shocking thing for the show to execute would be a main characters final death.
Nina’s choice to leave the show to travel and start a film career leaves the door open for Caroline (Candice Accola) to become the main female. It definitely isn’t a stretch either seeming as this has been Caroline’s season. The friendship between Bonnie (Kat Graham) and Damon can be explored more and Kai (Chris Wood) could even become a problem for these two. His psychopathic tendencies vanished in the Gemini coven merge and his feelings for Bonnie began to grow. It might be absurd to think that a woman would start a relationship with a sociopath that abused her and gave her PTSD but there is something strangely magical about the pair together and how their lives seem to mirror each other.
Sometimes it feels like the show should be renamed from ‘The Vampire Diaries’ to ‘Coven’, the witch characters are overflowing this season with the Gemini Coven storyline only cementing this idea. Without Elena, the writers could be free to explore more about what it is to be a supernatural being with magic instead of a young girl cursed with vampirism. Either way, we have 5 episodes (in USA time) left and with the finale set to be an ‘epic battle’ we can pretty much guarantee Elena’s tragic and bittersweet demise. Despite Nina’s fantastic acting, however, ‘epic’ or not, Season 7 can definitely survive without her.