4. DAMON’S CHARACTER
Damon Salvatore is undoubtedly the most popular character of the Vampire Diaries. His redemption arc has been nothing of tremendous. From becoming a selfish, egotistical to a selfless, loving character made him everyone’s favorite. The elder brooding Salvatore started off as a villain, doing downright vile and evil things. But once the writers turned him into a nice character, there was no going back.
The actor Ian Somerhalder revealed in an interview that he hated the transformation of his character. Surely, the change made him a well-rounded character, but it was too sudden. We didn’t get to witness the cruelty and sadistic Damon from the novels. We also didn’t get to see his full powers and abilities. In the books, he could shape-shift into a wolf and a crow, but in the TV series, we only saw him controlling the mist and crow only in the pilot episode. Due to budget constraints, the writers removed the powers after the pilot.
3. NORA AND MARY LOUISE
Mary Louise and Nora Hildegard are the first LGBT female characters to appear on the Vampire Diaries. They are also the first LGBT vampires & witches on the TVD. Whether you adore these characters or not, you have to agree that their relationship development is one of the best on the show. The Heretics could have been a great storyline with so much potential, but the writers wasted them. They didn’t know what to do with them. In case of Nora and Mary, their ending is nothing short of tragic. Two of the very powerful hybrids had to die in such a way. The death of these characters received plenty of backlash from the fans who expressed their frustration with the way the characters died. Even though the characters sacrificed themselves to destroy the Phoenix stone.
2. THE SILAS PROBLEM
We all can agree that Silas is perhaps the most hyped villain on the Vampire Diaries. He was a myth, a legend, a tale you’d tell to scare someone. His terror could be understood from the fact that Kol Mikeaelson was terrified of him and tried everything he could to stop his arrival. The writers did really build up his character pretty well. They spent an entire season building up his legend. But it turned out to be a big letdown because he didn’t deliver. He turned out to be the Stefan’s doppelganger and the entire story-line again started revolving around the doppelgangers.
We are only a few episodes in Season 5 and Silas takes the cure, and dies. He didn’t kill any main character nor did he pose any serious threat. The writers had a 2000-year old entity, ancient than the Originals, but they threw it away. His character was menacing and terrifying before his original face was revealed, once we saw his true face, his character somewhat failed, the mystique was gone.
Stefan and Caroline had come a long way. Caroline tried making a move on him in the pilot episode, but he turned it down blatantly stating they can never be together. Their relationship in the later seasons feels forced. First the writers made the mistake of putting Ric and Caroline together. It was pretty clear that Stefan was never over his feelings for Elena and Caroline knew it. Once again, Caroline became second to Elena. Caroline and Klaus could have been the endgame or she could have found her way back to Tyler. The writers had numerous possibilities. Caroline always shipped Elena and her character came a long way after becoming a vampire. There was a unique sense of individuality which was lost when they paired her with Stefan who ‘always knew’ what was best for her.
While Stefan’s selfless sacrifice saved Mystic Falls, but if you think about it, it’s kinda selfish because Caroline is left alone. He didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to her. What’s even worse is that Caroline Forbes deserved something better. Being married and widowed on the same day isn’t something her character needed.