LGBT Fans Angry At ‘The Vampire Diaries’ As Show Joins ‘The 100’ And ‘The Walking Dead’ [Spoilers]
The last few weeks have not been good for the LGBT community. If the deaths on The 100 and The Walking Dead were not enough, The Vampire Diaries fans lost two lesbian characters at the same time.
Ian Somerhalder had already promised that Days of Future Past would be an explosive episode, and would include character deaths. Making it clear that there would be at least two deaths in a devastating, emotional way, fans should have been prepared for what was to come when The Vampire Diaries returned from its mini hiatus. Many publications even said that there were three specific characters likely to die: the three remaining Heretics.
— Zap2it (@Zap2it) April 2, 2016
The problem for fans is that those three Heretics involved two lesbian characters. Nora and Mary Louise joined the show in Season 7, becoming the first lesbian characters on The Vampire Diaries. It was a big deal for many LGBT fans, and they got to see how the two were getting used to being more open in 2016 compared to the 20th century world they had left behind.
With everything else happening during the episode, it was clear that these were the two that would have to die. The Salvatore brothers simply could not be killed, Caroline and Bonnie were not featured in the episode, and there was no need to kill Enzo or Matt at the time. Valerie was busy with Damon, and it left a poisoned Mary Louise and Nora who had been marked with Rayna’s sword.
— Thaís (@soledaddl) April 1, 2016
Shocking news TVD killed off lesbians. This is not ok. YOU CAN’T KEEP KILLING US. BURY TROPES NOT US
— ? (@wanhead2heda) April 1, 2016
The one thing The Vampire Diaries did was give the two lesbian characters a worthy death. Unlike The 100 and The Walking Dead, where fans are still angry at the decisions, the two were not killed by stray bullets or accidentally in some way. They made a choice to save other vampires with their deaths. Mary Louise sacrificed herself, knowing that she was going to die anyway, to blow up the Phoenix Stone to prevent Nora from being on the run for the rest of her life. Nora made a conscious decision that there was nothing to live for without her true love, and helped bring about the end to the stone.
R.I.P Nora and Mary Louise #TVD
BURY TROPES NOT US pic.twitter.com/K7vayP0puR
— Ari (@Aria2110) April 1, 2016
It was a touching moment, but has not meant LGBT fans are not angry with The Vampire Diaries writers. Many took to Twitter to share their rants and anger, saying that while the two characters could die, they would not die with them. They accused the CW of joining in with the “bury your gays” trope, according to Zap2It.
nora and mary louise || the vampire diaries pic.twitter.com/msG6Sq7Bw0
— rt your ship (@queerships) February 27, 2016
Julie Plec did apologize to fans for the decision to kill off the two lesbian Heretics. During her column with Entertainment Weekly, where she allowed Somerhalder to answer questions, she said that the trope was one she and the writers were initially unaware of until recently. By this point, the story had been written, scenes had been shot, and there was no going back.
— rellamina forever (@ravensnerys) April 1, 2016
She also defended the decision as on The Vampire Diaries there are very few characters that do stay alive; unless it is one of the main characters that dies and somehow comes back. However, she did go on to say that with this trope—something she should have found herself falling into with The Originals with the decision to kill Aiden in Season 2—and the discussion, it does encourage her to introduce more LGBT characters on the show and thanks the fans for raising awareness to the current problem on TV.
There are now more debates on Twitter over whether gay and lesbian characters should be allowed to live just because they are gay or lesbian characters. Many character deaths serve a purpose, and that is certainly the case with The Vampire Diaries. With the Phoenix Stone gone, what does that mean for Stefan?
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