So it begins. So it ends.
The mother of vampires, Esther, has initiated a new gambit in her centuries long quest to undo the evil she created. Unfortunately, her move will cost us the life of one of Mystic Falls best vampire hunters.
Throughout the past few episodes of The Vampire Diaries, we’ve wondered about Alaric’s mental ailment. Was he simply suffering from a split personality disorder, or was there something more supernatural at work? In “Do Not Go Gentle,” we learned the truth. Each time Ric died, Esther was on the other side “nurturing” his spirit – more like corrupting.
Now, Ric is the ultimate vampire hunter. Sadly, being the ultimate vampire hunter also means being a vampire. Similar to Mikael, Esther has tapped into dark magic to make Ric a virtual original. Although he may not have centuries-old strength to tap into, he is a purer form of undead creature – meaning better and badder than Damon or Stefan. Ric’s hatred for vampires is now magnified by his transition.
But, perhaps there is something more to this particular transition than that of the original family. Although both Ric and the Originals used Petrova blood to become the vilest creatures of the night, Ric completed his transition with Bennett blood. Esther’s final move against Klaus was to send an astral message to Bonnie. The last remaining Bennett witch fed Ric her blood so that he could transition. It may mean nothing, or it may mean everything. In prior episodes, Esther called attention to the bond of her magic to the Bennett blood line. Perhaps, this will give Alaric an edge in facing Rebekah, Kol and of course Klaus. Perhaps not.
Regardless of what happens, Alaric’s days are numbered. If he destroys all of the Originals, then Damon and Stefan die too. That obviously can’t happen. But, the hunter will most likely follow suit with Jenna. I’ve also got a feeling that Tyler will play hero in order to save Caroline. He already teased a sacrificial move in “Do Not Go Gentle.” It’s a fair guess that Tyler will pretend to be sired to Klaus only to sacrifice himself so that Ric can move in for the kill.
With two more episodes left in the season, the executive producers are already hinting at a massacre. The final episode, entitled “The Departed,” alludes to at least three deaths.
Who do you think they will be?
My third bet is on Jeremy or Matt. However, I think they’re necessary for the series to maintain a sense of reality. Killing off Klaus in one final epic scene seems more appropriate.
Then, of course, Kat has to show up to screw things up one more time.