LGBT fans are angry at the latest The Vampire Diaries episode, and want to see one of the main characters become a lesbian. The character mostly in question is Bonnie, as it seems the most realistic.
On Friday, fans were ready for an explosive episode of The Vampire Diaries. Ian Somerhalder, who plays Damon Salvatore, and who directed the episode, warned fans that characters would die and there would be an explosion, leading to them quickly guessing who it would be. The Heretics were in the firing line, mainly due to their status of non-main characters. While main characters have died in the past, they have not remained dead. Alaric, Bonnie and Jeremy have all returned from the dead in some way.
I CANT BELIEVE as were tweeting about the bury your gays trope the vampire diaries KILLED 2 MORE TONIGHT? UNBELIEVABLE.
BURY TROPES NOT US
— we deserve better (@JulieKomLeskru) April 1, 2016
It turned out that lesbian Heretics Mary Louise and Nora were the ones to die. With a month of lesbian characters dying on other shows like The 100 and The Walking Dead, the LGBT fans took to Twitter to share their anger. While some were annoyed that yet more lesbian characters died—adding to the “bury your gays” trope—others have been annoyed that a main, “unkillable” character is not gay.
[VIDEO] ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Season 7, Episode 18: Bonnie In Psych Ward And In Danger -… https://t.co/LIAdwi9nj4 pic.twitter.com/ywH6SBGdKo
— Ian Somerhalder (@iansomeup24) March 30, 2016
Zap2It reports that there have been questions over Bonnie’s sexuality, hinting that she could possibly be bisexual. She had built up a relationship with Nora, and there are “Bonora” shippers out there. It would be possible to bring in a girlfriend for Bonnie. It would allow the writers and Julie Plec to help bring an end to the “bury your gays” trope.
Kat Graham, who plays Bonnie, has said that she would be interested in playing a bisexual character, and it is something she has been campaigning to do. She would like to play a “three-dimensional character,” and if that means being a lesbian or bisexual, then she is more than happy to do that.
‘The Vampire Diaries’ Season 7 Cast, News & Updates: Bonnie’s Sexuality Explored In Response To The ‘Bury Your… https://t.co/6Sm2EOfA0X
— Vampire Diaries Time (@VamDiariesPlaza) April 4, 2016
Plec has previously said that she had no idea the trope was out there. The Inquisitr previously reported that she was sorry that she had landed herself in that trope, and that she is thankful The Vampire Diaries audience brought it to her attention. She would like to make the world a better place, and she can do that understanding the view over minority characters continually dying on TV shows and in movies.
The Vampire Diaries fans have said in the past that they thought Bonnie was gay. It would be a realistic storyline to bring into the show, and allow a voice for the minority fan base.
honestly when i first started watching the vampire diaries i thought bonnie was gay/bi/whatevs…..
— millie c (@milliecrow) April 8, 2015
There are a few shows that have opted for main characters being gay or bisexual. The first real time was when Willow came out as a lesbian on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Considering the time period, this was a bold move by Joss Whedon, and one taken positively by the majority of the fan base. The idea had been planted back in Season 2, so by Season 4 it was accepted that she was bisexual. Grey’s Anatomy then followed with Callie and Arizona, and now other smaller characters introduced as love interests for them.
bonnie and kai – the vampire diaries pic.twitter.com/JKYcxukVO0
— rt your otp (@faveship) November 13, 2015
The Vampire Diaries making a main character LGBT would mean that the character is less likely to be killed. Bringing in Mary Louise and Nora was a major step that the show was commended for at the start of Season 7, but smaller characters have a bad habit of dying on the show. Bringing in another smaller character would likely mean the same thing, unless it allowed Bonnie to accept her true sexuality.
I guess no1 warned The Vampire Diaries that Bury your Gays is not acceptable anymore! #TVD went head long into dead lesbian syndrome!
— Brandee (@JustBrandee) April 2, 2016
While fans are angry, The Vampire Diaries continues to air, and Plec has promised that she will look into this trope and consider the future for the show. Unlike The 100, she has accepted instantly that what happened was wrong, but there are now steps she can take to make it right.
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