Bringing back the Undead: How ‘The Vampire Diaries’ could potentially bring back Alaric
There are three things I excel at in life; 1) watching television, 2) making my friends watch television, and 3) living in denial about character deaths on television.
If I thought I was a mess a few weeks ago when Alaric chose not to transition in “Do Not Go Gentle” (there may have been some uncontrollable weeping that occurred while I was curled up in a ball rocking back and forth), then you can imagine (if you dare) what I was like last night when GhostAlaric arrived to bid farewell to the smarter of the two Gilbert siblings (two words: Niagra Falls).
But that was a wonderful sendoff for a character who seems to be making quite a habit of memorable sendoffs. Unfortunately in last night’s season finale, aptly titled “The Departed,” we were not granted a last minute reprieve. Alaric didn’t wake up when Elena sucked in her first breaths as a newly turned vampire (or did he?!?!), but I’ll never stop believing that Matt Davis’ handsome stubbled visage will once again grace the halls of the Gilbert house.
The door was left wide open for Davis’ return should his schedule allow it (there is still no word on his pilot ‘Cult’, though I’ve heard some critics say there are rumblings about a midseason spot on the CW’s schedule). And while it may not be the way I’d personally like to see him return – I’d like just this once for magic to be on my side and have Alaric come back to life as Evilaric (because, face it, the potential for redemption stories are limitless and because he seemed to be the one sane person living in Mystic Falls) – I have faith in Julie Plec and the writers that at the very least GhostAlaric will return.
In last night’s finale he told Jeremy, “I just want you to know that I will always be here to look after you, Jeremy. You’ll never be alone. ” And that right there is the magical incantation that will open the portal to more Alaric. He’s promised to look after Jeremy in the afterlife, something he maybe should have tried to do more of when he was good old history teacher Alcoholaric living in this life, but who’s really going to complain about that right now? That’s water under Wickery Bridge.
Alaric could and should return in ghost form next season. But I have one request of Julie Plec: please, please, please incorporate more of the spirit world in to the show. I don’t want this to be like ‘Battlestar Galactica’ where GhostAlaric is the Six in Jeremy’s Gaius Baltar head. If he comes back, I think there should be more story relating to ghosts and their own world.
I know that there will be a lot of changes in the show and in Elena as she is now in transition to becoming a vampire, but although it’s been mentioned (usually by our good old witchey pals), the spirit world is always an unseen entity that seems to have an extreme amount of power in this world.
If ‘Being Human’ can make a story about a vampire, a werewolf and ghost living together in a house work, why can’t ‘The Vampire Diaries’ open itself up for more ghostly adventures? This season’s mini-foray into the spirit world was only the tip of the iceberg in terms of ghost stories. So far it appears that Jeremy can only see and communicate with the ghosts of deceased vampires who haven’t found peace in the afterlife (damn you for being at peace when you died, Aunt Jenna! I miss you!). I would greatly enjoy it if Bonnie did some of her evil witchey work to make him visible to all supernatural beings.
I have no clue how best to play an Alaric return – I’ll leave that up to the people responsible for making me an emotional cripple – but I do think that not having him return would be a big mistake. Alaric was one of the few characters on this show that many people loved and enjoyed without any complaints (see also: Elijah). Sure, he was flawed, but even when he was Evilaric, he still resonated with viewers in the sense that he spoke the words every sane person would say in that situation. He never got the chance to really heal from all of his (emotional) wounds and I think that although he’s had two amazing death scenes on this show already, he deserves more.
Also, I have a really hard time letting go. So that might be it. But let’s stick with the rest of the post, K?
Note: Photo courtesy of the CW.