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From Day 1, The Vampire Diaries declared itself as a TV show that wasn’t afraid to kill off major characters, make bold storytelling decisions, and potentially upset fans in the process. In its first three seasons, the supernatural series was unwavering in its dedication to death — RIP Vicki Donovan (Kayla Ewell), Aunt Jenna (Sara Canning), and Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis) — but subsequent seasons have seen the show backtrack by resurrecting countless characters from seemingly fatal situations.
And that’s something that isn’t sitting well with stars Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev.
Wesley’s immortal character — vampire Stefan Salvatore — recently had his heart ripped out (one of the only ways for a vampire to truly die on the show), but when asked if he feared the reaper had finally come for Stefan, Wesley replied, “I’m kind of numb to these things, to be honest with you. I’ve had so many things happen to me that it’s a little comical. So, yeah, no big deal.”
That’s why he’s hoping the writers start to inject a sense of permanence to the show’s revolving cycle of life, death, and rebirth. “I want them to start killing people,” Wesley told BuzzFeed on the red carpet before The CW’s upfront presentation in New York City on Thursday, the day of the show’s Season 5 finale.