Remember Tyler’s foxy number “1” football jersey, which he was wearing during his first kiss with Caroline?
Normally I am fixated on what Tyler is NOT wearing, as the case may be. But, I have high hopes for this jersey in season three.
Let me share them with you! Season Three promos are referenced after the cut.
In season one, we really only saw Tyler as others saw him – his outward persona. Tyler was presented as the typical bad boy dick who happily exploited all the advantages afforded to him by his family’s high profile status in an insular town, as well as a stereotypical jock with a one track mind for meaningless sex to the point that he forced himself on his best friend’s sister. Tyler as we knew him in season one (aside from a few hints at depth) was effectively distilled into one clothing item – his football jersey, which has an enormous number “1” emblazoned on it. Caroline, for her part, was the living, breathing embodiment of the typical overachieving, slightly bitchy high school cheerleader.
As I mentioned in my in depth mixtape analysis of Tyler, it was obviously important to him to keep his carefully constructed public image and his position at the top of the social hiearchy intact. For example, when Stefan Salvatore arrived in Mystic Falls like God’s vampiric gift to football in Friday Night Bites (S01E03), Tyler tried to protect his team from this “invasion” by ganging up on the outsider and hurting him during a scrimmage.
Seeing Tyler vulnerable the morning after his transformation in The Descent (S02E11), and wearing his heart on his sleeve when he crossed paths with Caroline at school the next day, was doubly jolting because he was wearing this jersey. It was no accident that he was wearing the item of clothing that was most tangibly linked to his old life, and the persona he used to adopt, on the morning where everything he thought he knew felt strange and different. Caroline was his anchor in this new world he was tentatively stepping into, until of course secrets and well-intentioned lies were revealed.
So, here is my little kink for season three, just for you: I am hoping that Caroline will not only be wearing one of Tyler’s shirts during the afterglow of the first time they make love (an awesome idea suggested by Alyssa), but his #1 red football jersey. Tyler has never looked hotter to me than he did in that jersey, and obviously it calls back a spectacularly good moment for Forwood, The Kiss. Not to mention the symbolism of the jock who previously cared only about himself as number one, and protecting his public persona, putting Caroline first. Plus, it would show how the protective barriers he usually wears around people are completely removed when she is around, and he lets her inside to the person he truly is.
Now, I have to go overdose on glitter or something.