We’re turning in our Get One Character Out of Death Free card, Vampire Diaries. Tortured vampire Enzo (Michael Malarkey) may have bit it in last week’s episode, but that doesn’t mean he has to leave the show. Not only has death proven to be a relative state on this show, but we’ve seen someone return from the dead before — and by “someone,” we mean everyone, and by “before,” we mean always. Here is our argument for why The Vampire Diaries needs Enzo in Season 6.
We love you, TVD, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some qualms with the recent season. We get it. It’s hard to keep things fresh after more than 100 episodes, but that’s where new characters come in handy. When was the last time TVD actually switched up its main cast by bringing in some new characters for the long term? Thy names were Mikaelson and they have all since flown the coop to go hang out with a bunch of other new characters (because new characters, like bowties, are cool). It’s time TVD committed to some fresh blood. Enzo is the perfect opportunity.
Why is Enzo such a stellar choice? Well, for one, he happens to be the variety of character TVD specializes in: the fallen idealist. He was once pure and good and noble, dreaming of a better life so fully that he believed it was so. Then, reality got him down in the form of eye-cutting experiments; a fiery betrayal from his best friend; and, most recently, the news that his one true love was literally ripped in two by the aforementioned bestie. Basically, he has a lot to be blue about. And that was before he died. Now, he lives only for revenge. Isn’t his character just begging for The Redemption Treatment — or, at the very least, The Villain With a Heart of Fool’s Gold Treatment? The answer you’re looking for is: yes.
Enzo has already seamlessly integrated himself in this cast of characters. Though he was only introduced in Season 5, Episode 9 — and has only appeared in a handful of episodes since — he means something to the viewers. Much of this has to do with the fact that he means something to Damon. Their history together has been retroactively given to us in a way that grounds to Enzo’s character in this world. He doesn’t feel like a flavor of the episode or season. He feels like an important part of the TVD narrative, especially given his connection to Whitmore College. If TVD is going to sell us on this whole college thing, they need to make Whitmore College matter. Enzo could be the solution to this problem. Professor Enzo has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? We would definitely take his class on History of the Occult and his seminar on Whitmore College: A History.
There’s also the fact that Michael Malarkey is a charismatic fellow. He energizes the screen whenever he’s on it by sheer combination force of acting prowess, British accent, and winsome smile. As Enzo, he’s like the Cheshire Cat — if the Cheshire cat loved rugby and went murdering for fun. (Disclaimer: maybe the Cheshire cat is a fan of these things?) We’d hate to lose his on-screen presence at a time when TVD is becoming more predictable. Plus, he hasn’t even had a chance to sing on-screen yet or star in the very special TVD musical episode we will always not-so-secretly be planning. (What? Buffy pulled it off. Excellently.) What we’re saying is: TVD needs Enzo. For singing and the novelty he brings to a series entering its later years.
Do you think TVD needs Enzo in Season 6? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, May 1 at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.