Sigh. Alaric (Matt Davis) was a cool cat, but he ran out of his nine lives on The Vampire Diaries. Now that he’s moved on to the afterworld, Mystic Falls will never be the same. Check out all the ways the sleepy town will change now that the vampire hunter is dead and gone.
Mystic Falls High School history teacher position remains vacant
Hogwarts never had a problem filling its Defense Against the Dark Arts teaching post, but the same doesn’t apply for Mystic Falls High School. Speaking of applicants, there aren’t any for Alaric’s teaching position. A string of substitutes will be in and out of that place faster than you can say, “Why do all my students talk about the Civil War as if they were there?”
Bourbon sales plummet
Damon (Ian Somerhalder) tries to do his part, but it’s hard to double the amount of booze you drink when you start out at “copious.” The Mystic Grill retires a barstool in Alaric’s honor and frames his outstanding bar tab — the highest on record.
The Council is out of control
They didn’t really want Alaric in their midst in the first place (founding family snobbery), but now that the Council has ousted Sheriff Forbes and Mayor Lockwood, they are leaderless. After he dropped the bombshell about the number of vamps and werewolves living in their midst, some members have started drawing up sketches for doomsday bunkers, while others are sharpening stakes and preparing for all-out war. At least if he was still alive, Alaric could’ve blamed his reveal on some obscure 18th century Mystic Falls version of April Fool’s Day.
Damon drinks alone
Poor vampire. His drinking buddy is gone for good, and now he has to buy drinks for and toast random strangers at the Mystic Grill. Without Alaric around for company, Damon has taken to playing drinking games alone. Every time someone says “murdered,” he takes a shot. Every time a ridiculously good-looking person walks into the Grill, he takes a shot…
Mail-order delivery of crossbows dries up
There is no army surplus store in Mystic Falls. Funny, right? They’d make a killing. Instead, Alaric had all his weapons special-ordered from Zee’s Custom-Made Artillery and Firearms Depot. The biggest bouquet of flowers at the vampire hunter’s funeral was from Zee, who also supplied the crossbow Alaric was buried with — free of charge.
The Gilbert house is a disaster
Have you ever seen a house where two teenagers and no adults live? It’s not a pretty sight. On top of everything else Elena (Nina Dobrev) is dealing with, Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) refuses to do the dishes until they run out of cereal bowls.
Half the student body’s GPA drops
Without Alaric’s password to hack into the school’s computers, the crew has to try to keep their grades up the usual way. Going to class, doing homework, and studying for tests? These kids are doomed.