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The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries’ Most Improved Character of 2014

The Vampire Diaries has enjoyed a creative resurgence in Season 6. For such a character-driven drama, this means it has also been a creative resurgence for some of TVD’s more problematic characters. Sure, there are still characters we groan at whenever they enter the frame. (Sorry, Jer, we’re looking at you.) But there’s also characters who have gone from lackluster to must-see. Yep, we’re talking about the glorious witch Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham). She is our most improved TVD character of 2014, and here’s why.

Where she started 2014. Bonnie has rarely been the most compelling character on TVD, and that was true at the beginning of 2014. Having lost her powers and become the anchor, her main storylines involved cringing in pain whenever a supernatural being died and passed through her. Also, ogling at Jeremy’s arm muscles. Don’t get us wrong: these are both fun traits for a character, but they shouldn’t be all a character gets to do. As the supernatural anchor, Bonnie could have had some cool storylines. We liked her stuff with mentee witch Liv, but that storyline has mostly been dropped. Basically, Bonnie was relegated to the sideline. Again.

Where she is now. While we’re less invested than ever in Elena’s storyline, we can’t wait to find out what happens with Bonnie and wish we could spend even more time with her, even if she is trapped alone in an abandoned prison world. We’ve written before about how much we love Bonnie’s character this season on TVD. She is funny, fierce, and doesn’t take Damon’s drama while still showing sympathy and affection for his character. Sure, she still has that annoying tendency to sacrifice herself for others, but we have high hopes for her character’s evolution when she makes her eventual return to the land of the living.

What’s ahead for her character. In the mid-season finale, Bonnie’s character came to a crossroads. She symbolically destroyed the person she was through the torching of a Christmas tree. We can’t wait to meet the new, fiercer, edgier Bonnie who emerges from the ashes. We think she has the potential to be the most compelling character on this show, if TVD lets it happen. Give Bonnie’s character more to do, let her use her powers for herself as well as others, and let her make some controversial decisions. We were never a huge fan of the judgy martyr version of Bonnie. All hail this new Bonnie, who takes everything we have always liked about her character — her independence, potential for power, and fierce loyalty — and makes it a little bit darker.

Do you think Bonnie is the most improved TVD character of 2014? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below!

The Vampire Diariesreturns to The CW on Thursday, January 22 at 8 p.m. ET.