I’m making a list, and checking it twice. It’s Christmas in July time, which means you get to put pen to paper and ask for your little heart’s desire.
I’ll ignore the fact that Santa didn’t rappel down my chimney and give me Tyler Lockwood, Damon Salvatore or Music Sex God for Christmas in 2010 as I so nicely asked. Bastard! (Let’s ignore the fact that my house doesn’t even HAVE a chimney ;))
Nope, this time I’ll just keep the faith in a little tinseltown magic, and am making a different wishlist this time… one for season three of The Vampire Diaries AKA The Year of Delena and Forwood.
Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, consider yourself the new Santa for this fangirl.
Warning: Some of these wishes show the extent of my fangirlie near-stalkerdom. Proceed with caution if you’re just a casual fan of the show.
No time jumps, or for the time jump to be minimal. I don’t give a F about whether the actors look like they are adults… if we jump five years into the future just so that their TV age looks more realistic, we’ll lose the slow burn in season three of Forwood and Delena getting together. No likey (TM Amy).
More shirtlessness! Shirtfulness on this show is like getting coal in my Christmas stocking. Shirtless Salvatores were a rarity in early season two, and Jeremy didn’t remove his top ONCE. WTF? Steven R McQueen has pretty much said himself his body is ready to be ready for our bodies, what is up with that?
This is now but a faint memory from season one
The return of the fog, diary voice overs and crow. Haha, jk. I do like how diaries remained a big theme in season two, with Elena reading the Gilbert journals and Tyler reading Mason’s werewolf diaries, so hI ope that diaries do play somewhat of a role in season three. Maybe Elijah kept a journal? Even if just a hair journal? (I can see it now. Day 1 Hair – spectacular. Day 2 – Hair – was kinda cool, could be cooler.)
For the volume of the angsty indie tracks to be dialled down just a notch. Don’t get me wrong the music supervisor is awesome, and I have downloaded many tracks played on the series, but sometimes the volume drowns out the actors’ voices. Though turn the volume up if Damon is dancing!
Fewer love triangles. I actually think this is one of the most contrived forms of creating drama, along with gratuitous numbers of deaths for the sake of pure shock value. I would rather see the writers focus on the many internal/external conflicts inherent in pairings like my Mother Ships Tyler/Caroline and Damon/Elena – past relationships are a source of conflict, of course, but shouldn’t be the defining ones for a supernatural show. I know that the whole show hinges on a love triangle between the Big Three, but I am more interested in familial and friendship bonds than romantic ones, aside from my two Mother Ships for the show, obvs.
Unless, of course, a scene like this is in the works…
This leads to my next wish… more focus on the Salvatore Brothers’ tenuous relationship. These brothers are the key relationship of the show for me, the one that makes or breaks it. They not only love each other but NEED each other. (like Stefan said in season two when explaining his reasons for forcing Damon to turn, “I guess I just need my brother”). I mean, everyone else who isn’t a vampire will be dead and gone – Elena doesn’t want to be a vampire, so unless she is turned against her will or changes her stance on this issue, the Salvatores will one day have to face life without her as the defining force of their existence. I want issues like that explored. How, as a vampire, do you cope if you don’t want someone to die, but also don’t want to go against their wishes and make them a vamp?
The return of some semblance of a werewolf pack. I also don’t care how contrived the plot device is, but I desperately want werewolves to learn how to turn at ANY time, not just on the full moon, because this would equalise the power dynamic between vampires and werewolves. It wouldn’t hurt if this meant Tyler willingly turned in a life/death situation to save Caroline, however that would work.
Elijah to be de-daggered, stat.
Return of everyone’s Things: Damon’s Eye Thing, Tyler’s Brow Thing, and Jeremy’s Jaw Thing.
Lupining and vampining between the two for at least a few episodes BEFORE they get together. I ADORE the pining stage of a relationship, especially two best friends who secretly/subconsciously want to tongue each other.
Their best friendship remains a key aspect of their relationship even when they get together romantically (of come on, it is totes gonna happen! After the Coed Naked Forwood Couch Cuddling, how could it not, KJewls? ;))
Tyler’s and Caroline’s mothers to try to keep the pair apart (Caroline’s mother because Tyler’s bite could kill her daughter, Tyler’s mother because I could see her as the snob who would hate her son mixing with a different type of supe, plus she thinks Caro’s mother is doing a sucky job of protecting the town… ahem, Team Carol on that point!). A little Romeo and Juliet, so long as there is no mutual suicide, will suit me just fine. Bwahaha! The image of Tyler saying, “But soft! What life through younder window breaks…” is enough to keep me ROFLing into the next century.
The return of the Caroline’s-door-is-the-entryway-to-her-heart metaphor. Preferably, with her inviting Tyler into her house or pulling him by the hand up her stairs into her bedroom to have her way with him. Several times.
The return of the signature Tyler Chin Tuck (TM Gen). All Forwood fans know it. It’s that adorable little chin movement he does whenever his emotions for a certain Vampire Barbie are on the tip of his tongue, or when he knows that he wants SOMETHING when he is around her, and isn’t sure what, until he finds himself giving her an Ambush Kiss (TM KJewls). Trevino has super dimples, did you notice?
The return of the Caroline/Tyler theme score, which has been played over their moments of heightened emotion.
Tyler to use the word “kinda” when saying “I love you”, or some variation on that sentiment, when he lets Caroline know how he feels. Tyler is a character who tends towards understatement, and he has used qualifiers in the past to express heavy emotions in the past, or characters have done the same with me. Like Tyler telling Matt he “kinda fell” for Caroline, though his line right after this (“I don’t know how anyone wouldn’t, because she’s pretty incredible”) isn’t something you would say about someone you’ve “kinda” fall for. Or when Caroline tells Tyler “you seem like you kinda need it” when he asked why she was helping him – which 12_12_12 noted was her way of saving his ego because he clearly felt awkward as hell being so vulnerable. Or, I’m happy with him to just give a straight “I love you”. His tendency to understate things would make those words all the more powerful.
A more passionate, animalistic second kiss. We’ve had the tender face cupping, eye gazing kiss.
Now, I want their supe sides to play a little into how they kiss. I also want Caro to be the one to initiate this kiss.
A major disagreement/ongoing tension between them about Stefan. Stefan was Caro’s Lexi, her mentor who kept her on the best path possibly when she had just been vamped. He was also complicit in the murder of Tyler’s uncle, and his attempt to reach Tyler when Tyler found out about this showed more prejudice and intimidation than the usual level of Stefan understanding, IMO. It has to be difficult for this guy to play a major role in Caroline’s life. This is true of Damon too, but Damon also hurt Caro when she was human (though, to be fair, Stefan DID use her as a vervaine vehicle at one point to trick Damon into drinking this vamp kryptonite), and Damon isn’t a close to her even though he has a grudging respect for her now. So, I see more potential in a Tyler/Stefan showdown. If Bad Cop Tyler and Tortured Stefan come out to play as they did in Crying Wolf, so be it!
Tyler to confront Caroline about her lies regarding Mason. They may have been done with the best of intentions, but I feel like this was swept under the carpet even though Tyler had a genuine right to feel betrayed.
Klaus to take an interest in the Tyler/Caroline pairing. Having a genuine vampire/werewolf friendship (not a mutually beneficial “business” partnership/romance like Mason and Katherine) has to be pretty rare. Given they represent the two aspects of his werepire-ness, I hope he takes more of an interest in them as pawns in his game than the average Mystic Falls resident supes. Klaus giving them the birds and the bees equivalent talk for a were and vamp would be hilarious.
Tyler/Caro to avoid doing a Twilight and having baby Klauses, which would be their answer to Renesmees. One scene of a fountain of blood pouring from a chick is about as much as I can handle.
Tyler to see first hand the effects of biting a vampire (maybe even at his own hands as long as it isn’t a Salvatore) and to have a little angst about being with Caro. I like a little angst!
At least one scene where Tyler walksexes with or otherwise showcases that hot Tyler!Ass of his in those black skinny jeans he has that are my favourite item in his wardrobe. And for Gen to GIF the fuck out of this for me.
Flashback scenes of his time away doing Werewolf Obedience Training or Boot Camp or whatever he did during his time away with Jules. The Tyler who returned was cool as a cucumber and markedly different to the Tyler who left. Although his experiences with Caro and his transformation matured him, there is obviously much more to the story, and I am curious to find out what this is.
Tyler/Elijah interactions. I don’t think it is an accident that Elijah compelled Tyler’s mother and took up residence in the Lockwood mansion briefly. I also hope that there is some connection between the Originals and the Lockwood lineage.
Control, keeping it and losing it, to remain a major theme of his life.
There has been talk of a “whitewashed” Tyler. I think this is actual “character growth”. Having said that, I like his ability to cut through crap and snark with the best of them, and am keen to see him keep his edge, but have it come out with people who actually deserve it – like Damon and Stefan, who he has a lot of organic conflict with. It’s only natural that Tyler was more gentle with Caro in their final scene together.
He is in love with her, was relieved that she had forgiven him and that he had physically harmed her while wolfed out, and she was in a very bad way after Matt dumped her – as long as his character change makes sense according to his interactions with other characters in the past, I don’t think it constitutes “white washing”. I don’t expect him to be all Mary Poppins with the Salvatores, especially after his glare off with Damon. OMG, Julie, the sexiness of a Damon vs Tyler fight scene or even just verbal sparring between the two as enemeies/reluctant allies is just more than my mind can take.
To see the impact of a werewolf bite on a human if they survive. I would kinda love Matt to join Tyler in a mini wolf pack.
We’ve seen the positive aspects of Caroline’s baby vamping – now I want her to truly come to terms with the downsides. I mean, her control freak on crack qualities have allowed her to flourish as a vamp and manage the hunger extremely well. But, unless she turns Tyler (and I’m curious to find out if this is even biologically possible), she faces the immortality vs mortality issue with him as much as any human/vampire pairing. Also, Caroline has eternal youth but will miss many of the milestones of growing up, and will have to see her loved ones die while she lives on forever. I really want to see how she feels about this.
Caroline to physically overpower Tyler or another alpha male. I just love seeing this tiny little blonde thing pwn their asses!
Caroline to send Matt packing when he comes crawling back, as I am 99% sure he will once he gets over the initial shock of what it means to be living within a supernatural community.
Caroline’s relationship with her mother, who had made the first tentative steps towards truly accepting her daughter as a vampire in the season two finale, to be explored more deeply.
Caroline’s long lost father to make an appearance.
I desperately want kickass Caroline to be in the thick of action like she was in season two episode Kill or Be Killed. It was disappointing to have he storyline with Matt and Tyler so disconnected from the main sacrifice storyline in the second half of the season. She is a HBIC and should be treated as such.
Team Jeremy and Anna!
Legal to Lust Over (TM Amy) was in short shrift in season two. He did things for inexplicable reasons (like choosing not to vervain the guy who had snapped his neck the night before) and ended up in a chemistry suck of a relationship with Bonnie. Please, writers, let the I See Dead Ex Girlfriends thing be an awesome storyline.
Some hilarious scenes where he is talking to his dead vampire ex-girlfriends, who only he can see and hear, and suddenly have to cover up when someone discovers him muttering to himself (as it would seem to them).
I actually hope he starts to discover the implications of the Gilbert legacy on his life, because his lineage has typically been anti-vampire, and I think this would introduce an interesting element in his interactions with the Salvatores et al.
A Jeremy sex scene. I don’t care who with, just let this boy get hot and heavy again. Possibly a secret hate sex affair with Katherine. Ha! Seriously though, the chemistry between Dobrev and McQueen has always been intense (see “brotherly” hug he gave her when the Salvatores retrieved her from Elijah, Katherine playing with his tie in Masquerade).
More Jeremy/Alaric banter. I loved the little exchange they shared where Alaric teased Jeremy about promising to make it up to Bonnie the next day and the day after that (gag me with a ski pole, BTW), and then showed concern about Jeremy was coping with losing his aunt.
More bratty brother to Elena’s annoyed sister scenes. I FLOVED the scene where she shoves him off the couch when he teases her about having babysitting duties while she was on her martyrdom kick.
Jeremy to hold the most kickass séance EVER.
Jeremy to NEVER out himself as Jennifer Love Hewitt and Ghost Whisperer fan.
I waited all season in season two for Jeremy to make good on Mason’s dying wish for Jeremy to help his werewolf nephew. Please let him help Tyler out in a life/death situation or offer an olive branch of friendship. I like how upfront they are with each other.
More Bad Touches! What? I like when that pretty is getting all aggressive and in one another’s face on my TV screen.
I want Tyler to confront Jeremy about using him to try to get the moonstone, and for basically dropping their grudging friendship in his greatest time of need in the lead up to his first painful werewolf transformation.
It would be great if Jeremy’s new ability to connect with the dead their shared dead ex-girlfriend Vicki means that he forces Tyler to acknowledge his poor treatment of women explicitly. Tyler has kind of done so implicitly by overall having more respectful relationships towards women, most prominently Caroline, Carol and Jules – partly through growing up, partly for feeling sad he was never able to make it right with Vicki.
A shirtless scene featuring both of these boys. It is about time the writers made up for their HUGE faux pas in having a scene at the local watering whole and keeping Matt and Tyler fully clothed. Only, Jeremy is more appealing to me, so… 😉
I really liked how being faced with the vampire version of mortality after getting a werewolf bite made Damon seem to come even closer to his old humanity (“you would have liked me when I was human”). I want Elena to help him come to terms with missing being human and finally accepting being a vampire. I think this is really the only way for him to change, because he tends to act out when faced with any shred of humanity since he thinks this is something he can never really reclaim.
Damon and Elena to put searching for Ripper!Stefan first, and trying their utmost to deny the way they feel about each other.
Elena to be faced with physical evidence, rather than just diary tales, of how Stefan is not the “good brother” – like seeing the carnage of a village he has rampaged through. I always think labelling Stefan “good” and Damon “bad” is too simplistic. I don’t want a role reversal between the two brothers, but rather their complex, layered identities to be explored.
Damon to make a sacrifice of the level of Stefan selling his soul in order to get Stefan back from Klaus. I want his redemption to be about more than just Elena, as important as she is.
A truly epic Delena sex scene. I can’t decide if I want it to be soft and tender or ultra passionate.
Elena to remove her vervain necklace voluntarily in his presence as a gesture of trust that mirrors the one in Season One, plus a symbol of her heart no longer belonging to Stefan. She can still ingest vervain by drinking tea.
Damon/Elena reacting to Katherine/Stefan hook up. I think there were a lot of unresolved feelings on Stefan’s part for Katherine.
A dancing scene, preferably with ghost!Vicki’s spirit if they can make her corporeal for a day or something and/or Elena.
No more soapdish incidents or plot contrivances that make Damon look stupid for the sake of digging the writers out of hole through lazy writing.
More “grudging allies” scenes between Damon…. and pretty much everyone else.
Damon to take gleeful pleasure in being part of the town Council when Liz and Carol know what he is but can’t say anything because their children are supes too and he’ll expose them if they don’t keep his vampire identity under wraps. Damon as Mayor has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
Damon to mock Stefan’s Ripper-ness when Stefan is back in the Scooby Gang safe and sound… and to ask “Too soon?” A large part of my love for Damon stems from him snarking where others wouldn’t, and how he will needle people about sensitive subjects even though in some cases it’s like poking a sleeping dragon in the eye.
Writers, if you do not give Ripper!Stefan in the full, magnificent bastard glory I am envisioning, I will not be responsible for the vitriol that will pour forth from my keyboard. Paul Wesley is an actor capable of amazing subtleties, but he was pretty much reduced to the role of Perfect Boyfriend in the second half of season two, despite earlier hints that we would see more of his dark side. DO NOT DENY US RIPPER!STEFAN AS A MAJOR ARC, so help me God, writers.
Ho!Yayilicious scenes between Klaus and Ripper!Stefan to fulfil blogger pal Amy’s wildest dreams.
MOAR Caroline/Stefan scenes once he starts coming out of his Ripper haze. I loved the Serious Vampire Look and calling-for-reinforcements sleepover scenes SFM and need more of this friendship.
Caroline to be the new Lexi for Stefan and to help him reclaim his good side –whether during the initial rescue and/or when he re-joins the Scooby Gang.
Stefan to be tortured, preferably in an homage of Bondage Stefan. I love him getting hot and sweaty, and grunting in pain. Sue me. If loving Bondage Stefan is wrong, I don’t want to be right 😉
For him to do something worthy of wearing a BAMF leather jacket. Hand to God. I may dislike him intensely as he stands now…
…but back in early season one I loved his maturity and relationship with Tyler. Please, writers, do something to make me like him again. After all, if they could make Tyler sympathetic, anything, including unicorns flying, is possible. Plus, I am kind of sick of that Mystic Grill busboy uniform.
Jeremy to act as a medium between Matt and Vicki. Vicki has information about certain events that could make Matt less inclined to passively step back and stay uninvolved from all of the Mystic Falls supe drama.
Matt to realise Caroline’s awesomeness, but for this realisation to be too late. I want his heart to be squashed like a bug. Or miniature dinosaur.
Kind of like the way Bart’s was when he fell in love with the babysitter who didn’t requite his feelings. Hee! I am sociopathic like Katherine when it comes to his love life.
Matt/Tyler to share more scenes together. Their friendship will never be the same, because if Matt can’t accept Caroline being a vamp, he’ll never really be able to accept Tyler as a were, plus they have feelings for the same girl. Nevertheless, I love them together.
Matt to comment to Tyler when he finds out about them hooking up that Tyler has now officially scored with his sister, mother and ex-girlfriend, because it needs to be said.
What is on your season three wishlist?