“If your character had a theme song on the show, what would it be?” That was the first question asked at The Vampire Diaries last and the answers did not disappoint! Soon after the executive producer Julie Plec revealed the sad news that , fans took to the mic and asked the questions that became the last ones in the show’s eight Comic Cons.
Stefan, Damon, Caroline and Bonnie each chose a random song that would best represent the 8-year journey their characters have been through. The Vampire Diaries has always offered a myriad of genres and tunes with its soundtrack, so it’s only fair that each character gets a theme song from their most significant moment in the show.
For the purpose of this list, only songs that have featured in scenes of The Vampire Diaries from season 1 through 7 will be used, and only currently present characters – those that were at the Comic Con and in – will have theme songs.
Matt Donovan – “All You Wanted” (Sounds Under Radio)
Being the only human left of the original cast, Matt has had his fair share of dangerous moments and hard choices. He lost his sister and his mother, he tried (against his better instincts) to be there for his friends throughout their hard times, he dated Caroline and was engaged to and killed the love of his life. Matt Donovan is a tough guy and, even though every sign pointed towards him going a bit crazy in Season 6, it ended with him leaving Mystic Falls and all its supernatural beings behind.
Zach Roerig chose an AC/DC song for Matt – “You Shook Me All Night Long” – at the panel, but The Vampire Diaries has played more appropriate tunes for Matt. The one that best represents all he’s lost and given up in seven seasons is the one which played as Matt mourned the loss of his sister Vicki. Even though Matt has experienced much more of life now, he’s still as lost and alone as he was that moment.
Alaric Saltzman – “Let It All Go” (Birdie & Rhodes)
Season 7 brought Alaric to a dark place while he did whatever he could to get his bride Jo back. After losing her at the massacre that became their wedding, Alaric tried to appear normal and functional, but he was looking for the Phoenix Stone, which would bring his late wife back to life. Alaric paid visits to the morgue to see Jo’s body and make sure that it was still preserved, so that she would have a body to return to. He managed to enlist the help of Bonnie and they finally used the stone to bring Jo back. Of course things didn’t last, and it turned out Jo’s soul didn’t come back, but another vampire named Florence took Jo’s body instead.
Matthew Davis, who plays Alaric, was the only one who didn’t pick a song for Alaric at the panel, but I’m fairly sure he’d agree with this choice. One of the most defining moments for Alaric was saying goodbye to Florence – in Jo’s body. Although technically a sad moment for Alaric, it allowed him the necessary closure to begin to move on from the loss of his loved one.
Lorenzo ‘Enzo’ St. John – “Don’t Worry About Me” (Frances)
As anyone who’s ever trusted Damon Salvatore, Enzo has been tricked and left for dead on more than one occasion in The Vampire Diaries. He started off as a cynical and selfish man, who had been burned and scarred too many times to even consider trusting anyone ever again. When the first flashforward of Season 7 showed Enzo and Bonnie as a couple, it was hard to figure out how they would get to that point – seeing as they actually loathed each other.
Slowly, but surely, The Vampire Diaries provided some insight into their relationship and how it evolved for Enzo, from keeping Bonnie alive to actually caring for her. After they spent New Year’s together, Enzo offered Bonnie some guitar lessons, which eventually led to a beautiful and genuine love story. Michael Malarkey chose a Nick Cave song, “People Ain’t No Good”, to represent his character, but the lyrics of Frances’s “Don’t Worry About Me” fit the new power couple like a glove.
Bonnie Bennett – “Long Long Way” (Damien Rice)
Bonnie has gone a long way in developing her magic in The Vampire Diaries. From learning how to make feathers fly back in Season 1 to being the only remaining Bennett witch, Bonnie has died, become the Anchor to the Other Side and lost her best friend Elena to a deep sleep – never to end while Bonnie is alive. Still, the fight isn’t gone in Bonnie, and she’s pushed her way through high and low to help her friends and try to do what’s right.
How fitting that Kat Graham chose Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” as Bonnie’s theme song, because that’s exactly what Bonnie represents in The Vampire Diaries. She’s the magic that’s always been present in Mystic Falls, combined with a fierce love for her friends. That’s why “Long Long Way” is such a great song for Bonnie, because it was played at the moment Elena sacrificed some years of her vampire life so that her friend Bonnie could live. The scene brought their stories full circle when Bonnie made the feathers fly for Elena one last time.
Caroline Forbes – “Yours” (Ella Henderson)
A control freak, clearly suffering OCD symptoms and friend-zoned for a couple seasons, Caroline finally made a life for herself past the loss of her mom. Becoming a vampire was the best thing for her, forbecause it brought out all her best characteristics and her strength alongside it. She joined up with Alaric to raise his girls – which she actually carried – but she was never fully over her love for Stefan. With Rayna dead and Stefan’s return, it was plain that Caroline still harbored feelings for him, and so Alaric let her go – assuring her that she’d always be a part of his family with the girls.
One of the most anticipated moments for the fandom was having Stefan and Caroline finally acknowledge their feelings for one another. Although Candice King selected “Barbie Girl” as a theme song for Caroline, we can all agree that ‘Blondie’ is far deeper than that. So, what better song could there be than the one in which Caroline and Stefan let their shields down and share their first kiss?
Stefan Salvatore – “Cut” (Plumb)
Paul Wesley’s choice of song in “When a Man Loves a Woman” to represent his character Stefan Salvatore is hard to top, especially because it represents to the core what Stefan’s journey has been – too bad it hasn’t featured in The Vampire Diaries. After years keeping away from his hometown of Mystic Falls, Stefan returns, and finds in Elena, every reason to stay. The fact that she resembles his long lost love Katherine to the bone only serves to exemplify how much Stefan is a die-hard romantic vampire.
In this scene from Season 1, Stefan is about to say goodbye to Elena, but is stopped when she says ‘I love you’. They kiss and Stefan has a ‘vampire moment’, turning away from Elena, but she forces him to turn back asking him not to hide from her. All of Stefan’s vulnerability, his love for Elena and his desire to be worthy of her flow out of him as “Cut” plays in the background. It may be an old scene – and Stelena hasn’t been a thing for quite a while – but it’s one of the moments that made Stefan such a sweetheart for all the fans.
Damon Salvatore – “Belong” (Cary Brothers)
Since The Vampire Diaries sprung to life from the love of two brothers for the same woman, then there’s nothing more fitting than giving Damon a theme song from a Delena scene. As Elena rightfully puts it, Damon has made all the wrong choices and, as he remarks, he’s a selfish guy, but their love and chemistry was undeniable from early on. With all the bad boy attitude going on, the careless way he treats everyone and the nonchalant wink with which Damon dismisses everyone else’s problems, he’s still managed to crawl his way into Elena’s heart – and ours along with hers.
Tired of apologizing for being as he is, Damon starts this scene by saying that he’s not sorry for not taking the vampire cure and Elena adds that she’s not sorry for loving him. After so much time cheering for him to make the right choices, The Vampire Diaries fans were treated to a heartbreaking moment where Elena accepts Damon as he is – and even loves him for it. Ian Somerhalder may have chosen the Rocky song “Eye of the Tiger” for a Damon theme song, but we all know he’s much more cuddly than that!
The Vampire Diaries – and its wonderfully chosen soundtrack – has been part of our lives for seven years and this next, and last, season will definitely bring afloat all the emotions the show has always been able to make us dive into. This was the last Comic Con, it will be the last season and, I wonder: what will The Vampire Diaries last song be?
Happy with the theme songs for The Vampire Diaries characters? What would your song choices be for the characters who didn’t make the list? Let me know in the comments below!
The Vampire Diaries’ 8th and final season airs on October 21, on The CW.
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