While the Vampire Diaries Focused on the supernatural, the family has always been central to his ongoing story. Here’s a look at some of the best family relationships on the CW series.
Bonnie Bennet (Kat Graham) and her grandmother Sheila (Jasmine Guy), aka Grams, didn’t have much time together during this time The Vampire Diaries’ Eight Season Run. But they shared one of the strongest family ties on the show.
Sheila, Bonnie’s maternal grandmother, was a powerful witch who came from a long line of Bennet witches. She was instrumental in helping Bonnie master her powers. And she died after helping her granddaughter save Stefan and Damon with a spell.
But even after the death, Sheila stayed connected with Bonnie from The Other Side. And she continued to appear in front of her to warn Bonnie and help her with several supernatural challenges.
At first, Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino) and his mother, Carol (Susan Walters), weren’t that close. But after his father died, he took care of her.
Carol, who was on the city council and also mayor of Mystic Falls, knew about vampires and hoped to eradicate them. But upon learning that Tyler was a werewolf, a condition he inherited from his father, she understood the supernatural better and tried to protect Tyler and his then-vampire girlfriend, Caroline, whenever she could.
While she seemed annoying from an early age, Carol proved to be one of the most caring moms around the Vampire Diaries. And after she was killed by Klaus Mikaelson, Tyler showed he was a devoted son as he grieved and sought revenge.
Elena (Nina Dobrev) and her younger brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) had one of the strongest sibling bonds ever the Vampire Diaries. As teenagers, they faced the loss of their parents together. And they were the only ones you could count on for a long time.
Early on in the show, while still human, Elena and Jeremy attempted to protect each other through supernatural challenges. Eventually, Elena turned into a vampire and Jeremy became a vampire hunter. But despite their new natures, both remained fiercely loyal and devoted to each other.
In early the Vampire Diaries, Caroline (Candice Accola) and her mother Sheriff Liz Forbes (Marguerite MacIntyre) were not close. They argue about different topics. And when Caroline became a vampire, their relationship became even more strained.
But over time, they both realized how much they meant to each other. Defying her instincts, Liz tried to protect Caroline and her supernatural friends as best she could, knowing her daughter would need allies. And when Caroline found out her mother had cancer, she did everything she could think of to save her, including trying to turn Liz into a vampire.
The death of Liz traumatized Caroline so much that she shut down her humanity. However, it was Liz’s memory that helped Caroline bring her humanity back.
Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) undoubtedly had the best family relationship in a long time the Vampire Diaries. The brothers’ bond was central to the plot of the series. And their relationship experienced multiple ups and downs over eight seasons.
Stefan and Damon fell in love with Elena Gilbert from an early age. But despite the ongoing love triangle, the Salvatores seemed to find their way back together and continued to protect each other.
The show often highlighted Damon and Stefan’s decades-long life together and their shared trauma. The two often ended up on opposite sides of supernatural feuds. But despite their differences, they remained loyal to each other.
In the finale, Stefan sacrifices himself for Damon. And that act of brotherly love proved their bond stayed strong.
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