Part two of my Season 3 Finale comments.....
An Open Letter to Julie Plec, Kevin Williamson, and the TVD Writing Staff –
I know that you’re likely besieged by comments about the season 3 finale right now. I truly doubt if you’ll ever actually see this, but I feel I’d be doing my fellow fans a disservice if I didn’t at least take a moment to try to put my feelings into words.
Before I’m dismissed as a naïve teenager please allow me to take a moment to introduce myself. I’m just shy of 40 years old. I’m a happily married mom of two. I’m a graduate of a well-known university, and I have a degree in education with advanced training in the craft of teaching writing.
I’m also a shipper. I make no apologies. Just like the men in my neck of the woods live and die by if the Cowboys win the playoffs, I’ve found myself cheering for a “team” in this show. That’s a first for me. I’ve never been drawn to a show where the “winner” of the relationship was unclear. I’m a Delena fan, and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
When I first watched the show, I assumed it would follow the pattern of the books. But with each passing interview, I heard the message that y’all were choosing your own path – and not to assume if we read it on the page that we’d see it on the screen.
As time went on, I could see that was true in the relationship aspects of the show as well. While I initially felt Stefan was the better fit for Elena, the more I watched…the more I questioned my judgment.
By the time the middle of the second season rolled around, I was fully converted. Watching the friendship, trust, and respect build as the third season continued on, I could see your team was laying the foundation for a beautiful and meaningful relationship between Damon and Elena.
“Then we’ll let him go”. – Elena to Damon, Homecoming
“I don’t know what I’d do if you weren’t here.” – Elena to Damon, Our Town
“We always survive.” – Elena to Damon, Homecoming
I loved analyzing the depth an nuances you were building into this incredible pairing as it so delicately unfolded on the screen.
Until suddenly you weren’t.
Time and time again, we watched as Stefan’s behavior had no consequences while none of Damon’s good deeds went unpunished. When Elena stood on her porch and begged Stefan to feel again – I watched all the growth and development in Elena’s character we’d seen this season crumble away.
Also gone was the rapport we’d seen between Damon and Elena – only to be pulled out as a “tease” to fans to show what incredible chemistry Damon and Elena could have. But the minute Caroline uttered the words “it’s Stefan’s turn,” I realized the potential of Damon and Elena having a relationship on the show was a very cruel joke you’ve played on many of your most invested fans.
Like many of my TVD family members, I feel used and betrayed by the teases of this season. I would have been content to let “the triangle” continue on, but by forcing Elena’s choice at this point in the series…you’ve made it abundantly clear that we’re important for ratings – but you don’t truly respect your audience members.
Thank you for your time. Your cast and crew has my utmost respect. I wish you all success, but I’m afraid that your choices in this finale may have cost you a great number of your most devoted fans.