There’s a lot to keep up with throughout The Vampire Diaries’ seven seasons, and there are some things only dedicated fans know about the show.
So many vampires are turned, spells are cast, and characters are resurrected that it can be hard to keep track of everything that happens in The Vampire Diaries. To make matters even more complex, the story doesn’t end after the show is over. There are three television series that make up The Vampire Diaries universe, and they all feature characters from the original show.
While the spinoff series aren’t requirements, they are necessary for fans who want to stay up-to-date on certain aspects of the series. There are several easily-missed details revealed during the show and after its ends that only dedicated fans of The Vampire Diaries are aware of.
Most Of The Main Characters Become Orphans
Elena and Jeremy are the only orphans at the beginning of the show. Even Lillian Salvatore is alive, despite the Salvatores not finding out until much later on. Yet, by the time the series draws to a close, almost everyone has lost both of their parents.
Caroline and Tyler are just a few of the characters who experience such a tragedy, and their mother and father die on separate occasions. Elena grieves the death of a parental figure multiple times, as she loses her adopted parents, birth parents, and her Aunt Jenna.
The Showrunners Wanted Elena To End Up With Stefan
This revelation makes it even harder to accept how Stefan and Elena’s relationship ends in The Vampire Diaries. While it’s more of a BTS tidbit, such a major altercation of the story is worth noting. During an interview with Deadline, showrunner Kevin Williamson admits that he “always thought it would be Stefan and Elena.”
Nina Dobrev could only return to the series for the final episode, but if she had returned for the season, Williamson feels they could have “warped back towards” a Stelena endgame. Given how central Damon and Elena’s romance is to the show, it’s hard to fathom how the writers could have pulled this off. However, there are several moments between Stefan and Elena that make their love appear everlasting.
Caroline Hasn’t Died Since Her Transition
Although there have been several close calls, Caroline is the only main character who hasn’t faced a permanent demise. She did have to die in order to become a vampire, but she has remained among the land of the living since Katherine turned her in The Vampire Diaries Season 2.
Very few deaths have actually stuck, and most of the main characters come back in some capacity. It leads fans to wonder whether Caroline’s luck is a happy accident or an intentional choice by the writers of the show. Candice King isn’t physically present in Legacies, but Caroline is still alive in the world.
Jenna Is The Last Main Character To Find Out About The Supernatural
Out of all the family members featured in The Vampire Diaries, Jenna is the most lovable. Jenna’s death remains one of the most heartbreaking events of the series, and it prevents her story from being told in full. The main characters gradually learn about the supernatural over the first couple of seasons, but Jenna remains in the dark the longest.
It makes little sense why Elena chooses to keep such a huge secret, as Jenna can’t protect herself if she doesn’t know what she’s up against. Jenna’s killed by Klaus after finding out the truth, so fans will never know how she’d fit into the main plot.
Jeremy Is Partially Responsible For Elena Becoming A Vampire
Rebekah may be the one who drove Matt’s truck off of Wickery Bridge, but Elena was never supposed to be there in the first place. Because Matt’s the one at the wheel, it’s easy to forget that Jeremy also played a role in kidnapping his sister.
The two decide to drug her for her own safety, which is just one of several times characters rob Elena of her free will. If Jeremy and Matt had given Elena the respect she deserves, she wouldn’t have drowned in Season 3 Episode 22, “The Departed” and become a vampire.
Kai Parker Is Dead
As far as viewers of the original series know, Kai is still trapped in a prison world and forced to live out an eternity of misery. However, he meets his unfortunate demise when Alaric beheads him in Legacies.
Kai may be pure evil, but he’s also one of the funniest characters in The Vampire Diaries. It’s not surprising that he becomes beloved by fans, given how entertaining the show’s villains have a tendency to be. While Alaric has every reason to hate Kai, it’s disappointing that he’s gone for good.
Stefan And Damon Are The Only Characters Featured In Every Episode
There are 171 episodes of The Vampire Diaries in total, and Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder are credited in every one of them. The Salvatore brothers are the heart of the show, so it’s hard to imagine an episode without them.
However, given the large ensemble and eventual focus on other characters, it still comes as a bit of a surprise. To get even more technical, Stefan’s guest appearance in The Originals makes him the most heavily featured character in The Vampire Diaries universe.