Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Vampire Diaries: Try To Kill Me, Stefan. Come on!

Evil Alaric! Fun times!

Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman on The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Heart of Darkness Evilaric Matt Davis Alaric The Vampire Diaries
The thing I love about Alaric is that before this season, he seemed very safe. He was a protector, a paternal figure for Elena and Jeremy, an all around good guy. Lots of bad things happened to him, but he kept on keeping on. I was happy when he became a part of The Gilbert clan. It was like he finally had a place to belong; like he was finally wanted.

Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman on The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Heart of Darkness Evilaric Matt Davis Alaric The Vampire Diaries
The thing that's brilliant about The Vampire Diaries is that rather than destroy the steadfast character they've created with Alaric, they spilt him in two. He gets to be both good and evil. And it's not the gradual shifting that happens with Stefan. Within one episode, we get both Alaric and Evilaric. PLUS, for an extra angst layer, Alaric has no control over it. Yay guilt!

Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman on The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Heart of Darkness Evilaric Matt Davis Alaric The Vampire Diaries
What's the best way to get Evilaric to pop out from his turtle shell? Simple. Torture him. With good Alaric's full consent, no less. 

Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman on The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Heart of Darkness Evilaric Matt Davis Alaric The Vampire Diaries
"Try to kill me, Stefan. Come on!" Aww yeah. 

Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman on The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Heart of Darkness Evilaric Matt Davis Alaric The Vampire Diaries
Stefan tries. He beats and breaks and bleeds poor Alaric until Mr. Hyde comes out to play. And Stefan aint no pansy when it comes to the torture. He has to make Evilaric actually believe his life may be in danger.

Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman on The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Heart of Darkness Evilaric Matt Davis Alaric The Vampire Diaries
And then Evilaric shows up and is all, "WHAT? HERE I AM!" 

Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman on The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Heart of Darkness Evilaric Matt Davis Alaric The Vampire Diaries
Him and Stefan spar until Stefan beats him into submission. Poor Alaric. 

Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman on The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Heart of Darkness Evilaric Matt Davis Alaric The Vampire Diaries
Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman on The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Heart of Darkness Evilaric Matt Davis Alaric The Vampire Diaries
Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman on The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Heart of Darkness Evilaric Matt Davis Alaric The Vampire Diaries
By the end of the episode, Alaric is on the verge of teaming up with wannabe slayer Esther. Who or what they'll bring down is anyone's guess.

Matt Davis as Alaric Saltzman on The Vampire Diaries Season 3 Heart of Darkness Evilaric Matt Davis Alaric The Vampire Diaries
I like Matt Davis. A lot. Alaric could be a boring character. Safe usually is. But he brings a quiet strength to him that gives Alaric a nice depth. He seems beaten down by life, but he won't abandon Elena. I want good things for him. I want him to be happy.

Eventually. For now he can be partially evil and totally beaten down. 

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