The Vampire Diaries is at its best when it has a compelling villain to threaten our heroes. Unfortunately, the jury’s still out (probably because they got Passengered) on the Travelers, the group of nomadic witches who popped up at the start of the season with Nadia, and are now possessing half of Mystic Falls. They’re quietly intriguing and like nothing we’ve seen so far on TVD, but they’ve also brought a lot of heavy mythology that has been trying at times. With four more episodes left to go in Season 5, are you tired of the Travelers storyline?
Yes, I can’t wait for this season to be over
We long for the days of Klaus Mikaelson or Katherine Pierce. When villains were personal, nuanced, and really scary. So far, the Travelers are none of those things. After a season of waiting, we just met Markos, who has given some context to the Travelers’ goals: they want to break the spell that keeps them from being able to settle down. Though that is a surprisingly relatable mission, it may be too little too late. We’ve had to suffer a season of mythology that feels a bit arbitrary and totally confusing to get to this point. We like to be kept in suspense, but there’s a fine line between suspense and too lost to understand that stakes. The Travelers storyline has tipped too far towards the latter.
No, I like the deeper mythology the Travelers represent
On the other hand, TVD has always been big on the backstory. In Season 1, it was the history of Mystic Falls and the myth of Katherine Pierce. Later, it extended past that to how Katherine was created and looking back into how vampires themselves were created with the Original family. This season, we learned about the first doppelgangers and the creation of the Other Side. Though it may seem disjointed when you jump from 19th century Mystic Falls to Ancient Greece, the show has actually just extended its world — and that is pretty cool. As interesting as these characters are, the world they live in has the potential to be just as compelling, and that’s what the Travelers represent.
I was, but they just started to get interesting
Or maybe you’re somewhere in-between hating and loving the Travelers? We’ll admit that the Travelers storyline has been a bit of a slow burner, but it’s really starting to pick up steam. Now, there’s talk of the Travelers seeking to destroy all magic and the Other Side with it? And they’re doing it by creepily taking over the townsfolk one-by-one? Things just got interesting. With stakes this high and the enemy indistinguishable from one’s neighbors and friends, TVD has set itself up for a killer season ending, and the Travelers are a huge part of it. This storyline is finally paying off.
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The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.