So after season 2 of The Vampire Diaries I think, as I”m sure many would agree with, the series went downhill quite a bit. Season 3, especially towards the middle, was a mere shadow of The Vampire Diaries’ former self and season 4 was by far the worst season of the entire series.
So taking on this mindset, in this article I want to put forth what I think was the biggest sin The Vampire Diaries ever committed against its own story and lore… the deaths of Finn & Kol.
The way Finn and Kol were killed off in seasons 3 and 4 of The Vampire Diaries respectively is, in my opinion, the most horrendous moment in the series’ entire run. Both because it completely undermines the show’s stakes as well as because it ignores the lore and characterization set up throughout the rest of the series. Despite both of them being originals, and Finn even being in the company of the 900 year old Sage, they were both defeated in mere minutes. And while Klaus and Elijah have been seen fighting off entire armies of vampires and throwing younger vampires like Damon and Stefan aside without even trying, both Kol and Finn were killed off… by humans and baby vampires.
Busboy vs. Original Vampire
As you might recall, because it was certainly burned into my mind, Finn was killed by Stefan, Elena and Matt, the latter two both humans, and without any of them ever even breaking a nail. Now, unlike what happened to Kol, at least this was a surprise attack. So that makes it alright, right? Wrong. So very, very wrong.
You see, originals are supposed to be able to react and move extremely quickly. Much faster than any normal vampire (let alone any human). They are also meant to be quite resistant to regular wooden projectiles. In fact, we see this when we first encounter Elijah. Stefan lets loose on him with a stake launcher, and yet his wooden projectiles don’t seem to even slowElijah down very much. In season 1 we even see Stefan himself catch a wooden projectile Alaric fires at him. Later, in season 2, Stefan even snatches a wooden bolt fired from a crossbow, like the one they shot at Finn, from the air when one of the wolves shoots it at him. Katherine too catches a wooden projectile, more than once, in her fight with Damon and Stefan in Masquerade.
Despite this Matt and Elena have enough time to open the door, shoot FInn with a regular wooden projectile (while he’s staring at them like a dunce) and then Matt has enough time to casually walk up to him and drive a stake into his heart without Finn being able to do anything at all about this.
By all reason the moment Stefan tried to stake Finn, Sage should’ve ripped his heart out. Finn should’ve caught the wooden projectile shot at him and killed Matt or Elena with it. Despite the “surprise” element to this attack, it was not nearly surprising enough to not give either Sage or Finn enough time to defend themselves without doing some seriously implausible things happening (like Finn walking rather than vamp-speeding down the stairs to get Stefan’s stake).
Kol Gets Killed
Kol’s death, however, is an even worse offender. At least with Finn the writers do us the courtesy of pretending it makes sense. Making it seem superficially plausible by turning it into a surprise attack. No such luck with Kol.
Kol has a rather long fight with Elena and Jeremy, where he faces both of them directly. At one point Elena even manages to hold Kol off for a little while with a cabinet and a wooden door. That’s right, the newby vampire Elena holds off a 1000 year old original with a cabinet and a thin wooden door. Let that sink in.
When Kol finally overcomes the fighting machine that is Elena, he tries to cut off Jeremy’s arm but instead his arm is grabbed by the baby vampire and she stabs him with a regular knife. This somehow hurts him enough that he can be sprayed with vervain and staked. Plausible? Not even close.
One need only look back at season 1 episode 4 to see this. In this episode, after Damon is a bit of a dick to him, Stefan throws a regular knife right into Damon’s chest. A reasonable reaction, but sadly not very effective. Because what happens? Damon barely reacts at all. Not even a little groan or a scream. The only thing that comes out of his mind is a quip. Even this 170 year old vampire didn’t give a shit about being hit directly in the chest with a knife. But we’re supposed to believe that, not only did Elena have sufficient strength to redirect the knife into Kol, not only did she manage to hold it there for quite a while, but that this hurt him enough that he couldn’t fight back? It made absolutely no sense at all.
The Moral Compass
But that’s not even the worst part of it. Because aside from requiring a stretch in plausbility that is completely beyond belief, it also requires a stretch in characterization that is out of the fucking universe. All of our heroes (meaning Elena, Jeremy, Bonnie, Stefan, Damon) all of them, agree to kill Kol and thereby kill what might be thousands of vampires that they’ve never even met. Yet the moral implications of this aren’t brought up at all. It’s all represented as being just a normal part of the plan. Oh, those Mystic Falls guys and their wacky antics of mass murder.
Now, that Bonnie and Jeremy would be willing to do this is at least plausible. Both of them have reasons why they hate vampires. Damon isn’t the most moral guy, so I can buy that too. Stefan is less plausible, but I could at least concieve that he’d have a warped enough morality to do something like this (though it still needed to be adressed with him). But Elena? This is a person who’s supposed to love several vampires.
She repeatedly confronts people like John Gilbert and Darklaric about how vampires aren’t necessarily evil. She saves Damon, despite everything he’d done at that point, from being killed by Lexi’s botfriend. She’s supposed to be a fairly moral person, the series’ moral compass, and yet she shows absolutely no distress at all at killing thousands of vampires just to reach her own selfish goal (getting the cure). Either she changed a lot as a character, which should’ve been adressed on the show, or it is completely and utterly inconsistent with the character they’ve been trying to portray for the last 4 seasons.
So this turned into more of a rant than I thought it would. Anyway, rant over. Your turn. Leave your own rant in the comment section.
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