More Than a Destroyer – A Re-Imagining of Mikael’s Big Scene in “Alive and Kicking”


Anyone who’s read my previous article “Becoming the Destroyer – A Psychological Analysis of Mikael” (hint, hint) knows that I love the character of Mikael. I loved him when he first appeared on The Vampire Diaries and I loved him on The Originals. When I realised he’d been revived by Davina for season 2 I was thrilled. But despite enjoying the shading that Mikael got in some scenes of season 2, like the scene in which him and Davina talk about his father or the scene in which he justifies his actions to Camille, I’ve always felt like he was underused in season 2. And too often used as no more than a blunt object. A character who spoke in scenes only through violence and who attempted to reach his goals in much the same way. While the fight scenes between Mikael and Klaus looked cool, it’s easy to see why they stopped using him for so long after the second fight scene: Any new confrontation along the same established lines would feel like no more than repetition. In my opinion, part of the reason for this is the scene between him and Elijah in 2×02. Where he attempts to kill both Davina (arguably) and Elijah. So I thought it was time for me to describe the changes I would’ve made to that scene which would’ve left the door open for exploring Mikael more fully.  And as an actual character, not merely a bruiser.

Mikael being a real heartbreaker.

Mikael kills the wolves.

The scene would start in much the same way, with Davina being assaulted by Esther’s wolves and having insufficient magical power to take them on all at once. Mikael would intervene, as he does, and Davina’s bracelet would fall off in the struggle and we would see it clatter to the ground. This I think was all fine.

Then however I would have Davina effectively subdue the werewolf she was fighting and attempt to take the bracelet again. There would be a close up shot of her on the floor, her reaching for the bracelet and then a shot of her hand and the bracelet together. Just before she actually grabs it however a black leather shoe stands on it. We see a shot of Davina looking up in fear and then, in bullfrog perspective (aka looking up at him), we see a shot of Mikael standing right in front of her. He would pick the bracelet up and with his other hand grab her arm, in the immortal words of Pontius Pilate, “vewy woughly.” Then Marcel would come storming in, in a heroic attempt to save Davina but Mikael, being Mikael, would merely smack him aside as if he were a particularly annoying fly. It is at this point that Elijah intervenes and Mikael and Elijah fight.

When Mikael gains the upper hand however he does not attempt to stake Elijah in the heart as he does in the scene we actually got. Rather he stakes him in the stomach and then snaps his neck. Davina has attempted to tend to Marcel, who remains knocked out, in the meanwhile. But after Mikael finishes with Elijah he turns his gaze to Davina, who now stands up and meets his eye. We then cut to black. Because, like most writers, I’m a sadistic bastard.

When we return we see a close-up of Davina who, in a stunning disregard for the condition of furniture, is being thrown into a chair by Mikael. Not only has he not killed her, he has taken her with him. While Mikael is busy pooring himself some water and grabbing nearby wood to make a fire Davina asks him why he didn’t kill her. Why he took her with him. He muses to her whether she’s asking it because he’s a vampire, like her friend Marcel, or because of the lies shes heard from his (he pauses here) children and the monster that turned them against him. This gives Davina, who I might remind you is the founder of the “I hate Klaus” club, pause. Mikael then looks backwards over at her and tells her “Don’t believe everything you hear, little witch.” We cut to a view of Davina’s confused face, followed by Mikael turning forward again and a close up of the pot in which he has poored the water. He drops the bracelet into it and lights it on fire, permanently freeing him from Davina’s control. The scene then ends.

Unfortunately the link I originally used here has disappeared and I could not find an video currently online of the scene for comparison.

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