Sorry, April (Grace Phipps). We gave you a whole season to prove yourself interesting and all you could manage was following Matt around like a little lost puppy and repeatedly putting yourself in harm’s way. We had such hopes for this character, too! She had a past connection with Elena and co. and a potentially nefarious side connected to her dad’s super-shady mission. There are so many characters we like to hang out with on TVD, but April’s just not one of them. That being said, humans are a rare breed these days in Mystic Falls... We may need to keep April around just for the numbers.
We love Bonnie (Kat Graham) as much as the next TVD fan (i.e. more than random guest stars, but less than the rest of the main cast... too harsh?), but we can’t help but feel like her return is kind of a cop-out. We get that lots of people don’t stay dead on TVD, but Bonnie’s sacrifice for Jeremy feels diminished by the fact that she’ll still be hanging around Mystic Falls in her ghostly form, chatting it up with Jeremy. Maybe this plot device will serve in adding an interesting dynamic to the Bonnie character — who has long been the judgy, live-draining force of TVD — but we’re not counting on it. On the other hand, we’re not really sure what watching TVD would be like without our low-simmering annoyance with Bonnie.
Meredith (Torrey DeVitto) is nice and everything, but she hasn’t had much to do since Alaric died (R.I.P., Ric). We’re not sure if TVD even has any plans to bring Meredith’s character back in Season 5, but we hope not.* We like that she’s helped the gang out post-Alaric’s death (most notably and heartbreakingly when she tries to explain to Elena that Jeremy is, in fact, dead), but her character doesn’t have anywhere to go narratively without a serious boost in screen time that we’re guessing TVD doesn’t have to give. Plus, we selfishly want more Torrey on Pretty Little Liars, where she is used to much greater effect as Melissa Hastings.