“The Vampire Diaries” Season 6 has kept Enzo (Michael Malarkey) around, and it seems like he has ended up right back where he started in Season 5. According to executive producer Julie Plec, this is completely intentional. Currently, Enzo wants to torture Stefan (Paul Wesley) by corrupting one of the people he loves most, his niece Sarah (Tristan Mays). This isn’t far off from where he started Season 5 when he wanted revenge on Damon (Ian Somerhalder) for leaving him to die. However, as their friendship developed throughout Season 5, Enzo became attached. Plec revealed that this friendship is part of Enzo’s problem.
“Enzo’s a guy who’s deeply rooted in loyalty and we still haven’t scratched the surface of learning why, what makes tick, why does he feel that way, why was Stefan’s betrayal of Damon in Enzo’s mind so profound that it makes Enzo want to go out of his way for sport to do things that will mess up Stefan’s life,” Plec told Entertainment Weekly.
It seemed like Enzo was going after Stefan because he handed Enzo over to vampire hunter Tripp (Colin Ferguson). After all, Enzo has such an “eye for an eye” mentality that revenge for his near-death experience seems natural. However, it seems Enzo is still angry with Stefan for giving up on finding Damon when he was trapped with Bonnie (Kat Graham). He killed Stefan’s girlfriend and destroyed his new life, but apparently that wasn’t enough. Enzo isn’t repeating this revenge cycle for fun, but Plec didn’t exactly say why he keeps doing this.
“One of the things that we do in the final chapter of this season … is to start exploring the backstory of Enzo and understand what makes him tick and why he is the way he is,” Plec said. Unfortunately, exploring his past likely means Enzo’s plans to corrupt Sarah will escalate.
Viewers haven’t seen a lot of Enzo’s history. Most of Enzo’s last 70 years were spent locked up and being used for experiments with the Augustine Society. The exploration of Enzo’s past could bring audiences back to his time imprisoned or before he was captured. Enzo’s age hasn’t been established, so he could have been roaming the earth for hundreds of years before he became an Augustine vampire. Either way, “The Vampire Diaries” writers will definitely make sure Enzo has a dramatic past that helped shape him into the murderous vampire he is now.
“The Vampire Diaries” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. EST on The CW. Do you think fans will sympathize with Enzo after they see his past? Sound off in the comments section below!